Travelling abroad is always an exciting experience, whether going on epic beach holidays, jungle excursions or in skiing resorts; except for when it is done with little thought. There is a lot to organise and plan for even before you make your way to the airport, and missing any crucial details will turn your dream holiday destination into one that is fraught with frustration, disappointment and unnecessary costs. So, to help you make the most out of your next getaway, here are a few tips that will help you plan your journey right down to the tiniest detail, to ensure that you get more than you expect from your trip, and not less.
If you don’t have a passport yet, then this one is just for you. If you have never applied for one, then you should know that it can take many weeks for the process to be completed. Then there are the visas to worry about, and the time, effort and money involved with that will differ from country to country, and will also depend on what type of visa you are going for.
The best way to get clarity on visa requirements and how long they take to process, you should contact the respective embassy for details, or liaise with a travel agency that can work it all out for you.
The point is that you should start early to account for any delays or complications that might, when there is not enough time, kill your travel dreams before they start.
It’s no secret that traveling costs money, and quite a bit of it at that. The days of travelling South East Asia on a shoestring are sadly gone, which means that you will need to have a realistic budget. When working it out, consider the value of the currency of the area you are looking to visit, the cost of flights, accommodation, food, sightseeing and entertainment. You will also need to pay for visas, re-entry permits (where they are needed) and of course, travel gear.
Be sure to include a bit extra in your budget for emergencies, and while we are on the topic, consider traveller’s cheques for better peace of mind when you get there; South Africa is not the only country in the world where you could get robbed.
This is the fun part of planning. Spend as much time as you can researching your destination(s) to find out about accommodation, activities, unmissable sites, the types of food you can enjoy and of course, the prices you will need to pay to get around and entertain yourself.
Few things can turn a trip sour than an unexpected mishap. You may face a medical emergency, you could lose your luggage or you could be robbed, these are all possibilities that do occur when people travel abroad and without insurance, the problem can expand massively. While not all travellers feel the need to take out insurance, it is highly recommended.
For the best experience that is born through the most thorough planning, why not let our team at IOI Holidays assist you with planning your travels. Give us a call today or plan your journey through our website.
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