According to the U.S. State Department of Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website https://travel.state.gov that “in spite of good planning-things can still go wrong”.
Plan for the unexpected.
Around the globe today, tourists are confronted with safety and security challenges. The recent bombings in Sri Lanka, kidnappings in Africa and more political unrests make the tourists become more vulnerable to violence and other disasters. That is why, before going to your dream vacation, ‘prepare for the unexpected’ is a must. It is not an option.
So how do we plan to prevent a possible crisis? Well, you can start creating your own traveler’s checklist. So here’s the adapted version from https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-checklist.html
4G’s of a Traveler’s Checklist
Nope. 4G may sound like a 4th generation technology in the telecoms network, but this 4 G’s simply means; Get Informed, Get Required Documents; Get Enrolled (if you are a U.S. Citizen) and Get Insured. Check this valuable list derived from https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go.html that might save you from hassle or even crisis while on your holiday abroad. Here’s Part 1 of 4 series for your guidance.
#1 Get Informed
Safety and Security Information. You need to be aware of the entry/visa requirements, visas, local laws, customs, medical care, road safety, etc. It might not be a lot to think about at first, but if you look closely, better be safe than sorry.
Crisis Planning. So who wanted to be in crisis anyway? It might sound like a ‘bummer’ or disappointing but what if you are caught in an unfortunate event that endangers your life? Will you still consider planning for a possible emergency situation?
Read Crisis Abroad: Be Ready and learn how to make an evacuation plan that does not rely on your government assistance when the inevitable comes.
Health Precautions. Issues about health in other countries must be well considered. It is good to know and check out recommendations for vaccinations and other health considerations. You can visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) before you book your trip. Getting sick during vacation and after is not a fun way to remember your story.
Money Matters. Every country has its own currency. Inform your bank and credit card company of your planned travel abroad. Do not forget to check the exchange rates. Keep your budget and cost as close as possible.
It pays to know your destination more. How to use your cash, debit/credit cards, and ATMs overseas is a good way to start your trip planning. After all, money is a tool to make your travel memorable. Without thinking about money matters, is like building a house with no tools.
Now that you’ve learned about safety and security, crisis planning, health precautions, and money matters; it’s time to do the paper works. Coming up in our next story, ‘Are you travel smart? 4G’s of a Traveler’s Checklist, part 2-‘Get the required documents’.