Prepare for international travel.

Traveling abroad can be fun and full of history and culture.It’s important to have a plan in place so that you’ll have the best time, and avoid accidents like not being able to charge your cell phone or having your credit card declined.You need to plan your trip a few weeks in advance to get your immunizations, passport, and travel visa.The destination country’s customs and language can be found in a guidebook.

Step 1: You need a passport.

To prove your citizenship in your country of origin, you need at least two passport-size photos, your birth certificate, and one other form of identification.Ensure that your passport has at least 6 months left before it expires.If you have a passport that is less than 6 months old, you won’t be able to get a visa.If you don’t already have a passport, you’ll need to allow 3-6 weeks for processing, so be sure to start this process ahead of time.

Step 2: You should check your destination’s visa requirements.

If your destination country and country of origin both participate in the Visa Waiver Program, you won’t have to arrange a visa.You may have to apply for a tourist visa before you arrive in a non-participating country.This can take a lot of time and money, so be sure to get it out of the way before it happens.If the entrance and exit fees are applicable to your trip, you should be prepared to pay them.The website for the U.S. Department of State has information on the visa requirements for traveling to foreign countries.

Step 3: The immunizations should be received.

You may need to start getting immunizations many months in advance.In certain parts of the world, immunizations are recommended for tourist travel.You don’t need immunizations in some countries.The Center for Disease Control has a website where you can learn which immunizations are recommended.

Step 4: Purchase travel insurance.

It’s a good idea to purchase health insurance that will be accepted in your destination country in case something should happen while you’re abroad.Buying travel insurance ahead of time can save you money, time, and a lot of hassle if your trip is canceled.

Step 5: Where will you stay?

You can either stay with friends or relatives, or book a hotel on your trip.It’s possible to make these decisions last-minute, but you will feel more prepared if you know the details in advance.If you want to find the best spot for your money, research places to stay online and read reviews from other guests.

Step 6: Determine the best way to get around.

Depending on the location, you can walk, ride a bike, drive a car, or take a boat or train.If you need a hotel close to the train station or how to get a subway ticket, it’s a good idea to look into this.An International Driving Permit is required if you plan to drive while on your trip because many countries don’t recognize a driver’s license from another country.You can do it in the U.S. through the National Auto Club.

Step 7: The native language should be studied.

You should be aware of a few terms and phrases, such as “hello,” “please,” and “my name is…”Purchase language learning software, take an introductory language course, or get a language translation book before you leave.Duolingo is a language-learning app that is free and perfect for learning on-the-go.

Step 8: You can research the local atmosphere.

Start reading about current events a month or so in advance when you find an English language newspaper online for the country you are traveling to.You should be familiar with sensitive issues.There are special events that may be taking place while you are there.

Step 9: You should inquire about the local dress and customs.

Purchase a guide to help you navigate through these issues.Some countries have less restrictions than others.Men may get stares if they wear short pants, which may be acceptable for children in some regions.If you wear a tank top in a country where most women dress modestly, you may offend someone.At a beach or sun bathing location, shorts and no top may be normal.

Step 10: To avoid embarrassment, find out local manners.

Before you go to a foreign country, it’s important to learn the rules of dress, touch, table manners, and speech.If hugging upon arrival is not acceptable, don’t do it.Be ready for a kiss when you meet for the first time.It is offensive to touch someone’s spouse or children in some countries.It’s important to pay attention to your body language.Find out which hand, head, foot, or face gesture is offensive.When things seem taboo, keep your mind open.Don’t judge the local culture, but be a respectful observer.

Step 11: The international exchange rate can be found.

You can find international exchange rates online.You could search for “convert Nepalese rupee” to find the rate.Determine what the foreign currency is worth in your home currency.If you have some local cash on hand, be sure to use an ATM or a bank instead of paying conversion fees at the airport.It’s a good idea to see how much things cost in your destination country so you aren’t surprised when you arrive.

Step 12: You can research electrical standards in your destination country.

If you do an internet search, you can find out if you need a plug-in.You can find the type of plug you need on online travel sites.Things that heat up, such as a hair dryer, may not work correctly in a foreign country.Computer batteries and handheld devices may be affected by electrical conversion.

Step 13: Let your bank know of your trip.

If you are in a foreign country, some banks or credit card companies may decline your card.Let the customer service center know where you are going and how long you will stay in order to avoid delays or declines.

Step 14: It’s a good idea to add an international calling plan to your phone service.

Many mobile phones won’t work in other countries.Inquire about international calling plans and data rates with your service provider.You can purchase pre-paid calling cards before your trip and use a landline phone in your hotel to call friends and family back home.You can use free communication apps that use the internet for phone and video calls as well as text messages.

Step 15: You should make copies of your travel documents.

You can make color copies of your passport, plane or train tickets, hotel reservations, etc.If you only have digital copies of your itinerary, you may not be able to access them without an internet connection.All your travel documents should be in your luggage.It’s a good idea to give a friend or family member copies of your luggage in case it gets lost.

Step 16: Pack with care.

Before you travel, you should research the weather, terrain, and airline weight regulations.Lighter luggage is better than over packing for international travel.Pick items you like and plan on wearing them several times.Don’t forget to bring your medication with you.