Whether a ‘baecation’ is beckoning, or you’ve got a mild case of wanderlust à la Nonceba, we’ve put together this checklist to make sure everything checks out before you check in!
- Preparation is everything! Check that your passport is valid and find out whether the place you’re visiting needs a VISA. This nifty list is a great resource for just that!
- Did you know that some countries actually require travellers to pay in order to enter or leave the country? These fees are not included in the price of your airline ticket, so make sure you find out about this.
- Visit your doctor to get the proper vaccinations and prescriptions and ask your medical aid provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, you may need to add extra coverage.
- Register with South Africa’s embassy and make several copies of your passport. If there’s a problem in the country you’re visiting, this will make it easier for you to prove your citizenship, and for our government to contact you and get you to safety.
MONEY MONEY MONEY!
- With the Rand going like a rollercoaster at Ratanga junction, the #BossLady-like thing to do is to make sure you get a sense of where the conversion rate is, to avoid nasty surprises.
- While we’re talking money…more and more European banks have switched over to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology on banking cards. Make sure your cards are accepted internationally. Carry local cash as some places may not accept credit cards.
PACK A PUNCH
- A great tip is to pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag. You never know when an airline might lose your entire luggage! If you can’t make up your mind on what to pack, check out this aptly titled ‘Mother of all Vacation Packing Checklists’. You obviously don’t have to pack everything on the list, but it’s a great way to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind!
- Stay over at a place that won’t need you to hire out or drive a car. Public transport is a great way to experience a country’s people and culture. You can also take a tour bus when you first arrive, to orientate yourself or visit www.yourlocalcousin.com. This is a fabulous site that connects tourists with locals so that tourists can plan their trips in a personalized and inexpensive way.
- Download transport apps that will guide you on which routes and modes of transport to use. The ‘Travelzoo’ app can help you find great deals in a variety of countries. It has a variety of options from local deals to transportation.
- Pack an international plug!
EXTRA EXTRA! Check out this great piece on how to travel internationally for the first time. And while you’re at it – here are 10 super cheap countries to travel to right now. (P.S. South Africa made the cut) 😉
What’s left to say, except “Bon Voyage, #BossLady!”