International travel often requires a lot of planning. You have to get everything in order, check if you need a visa and make sure you get the right type, and pack everything you might need for your trip. During your journey to your destination and once you’ve arrived, you want everything to go smoothly so that you can relax and have fun. Even if you’ve traveled a lot before, you can sometimes discover that you’re not as worldly and well-traveled as you thought. There are some things you might not realize about traveling internationally that could come back to bite you if you’re not careful.
Your Passport Isn’t a Magic Ticket
One thing you should remember is that your passport doesn’t guarantee your entry into any country. It does make it much more likely, but even with a valid passport and visa, you could still be turned away at the border. The best thing you can do is to make sure you follow the rules as much as possible. As well as checking that your passport hasn’t expired, see if you need to follow the six month passport rule for your destination. Some countries request that you have six months left on your passport. When you apply for a visa, always tell the truth and make extra sure that you’re applying for the right visa.
Paying for Things Can Be More Difficult Than You Think
Having a credit or debit card, or perhaps a mobile payments app, might make you feel like you can pay for anything, anywhere. But be careful about how you can pay for things in different countries. In Europe, you can find it difficult to find places that will accept credit cards with security strips – the chip and pin system is much more common. Some places prefer cash over cards, while others prefer cards over cash. Another thing to remember is that if you have any currency left from a past trip or that someone has given you, you should check that it’s still valid. Notes and coins can be phased out, and you don’t want to realize that you can’t use any of your cash when you arrive.
Not All Electricity Is Equal
Powering your favorite gadgets and tech in another country can be trickier than you think. You’re probably aware that you need a power adaptor in some countries if you want to use their sockets. A universal adaptor is a good idea if you want to travel the world. But even with an adaptor, you could find that the electricity provided isn’t the right voltage for your electrical items. Before you leave, check the power requirements for your own electronics and find out what the situation is like at your destination. Sometimes, the best way to solve this is to buy travel gadgets that you can take with you, whether it’s a hair dryer or a new phone charger. You might also be able to borrow some things from your hotel.
Don’t get caught out by tricky traveling rules. Be smart and do your research to make sure you get it right.