If you dream about exploring the pyramids of Egypt or walking among the columns of a Grecian temple then you are not alone. Women everywhere are hitting the road and the friendly skies to explore different cultures and experience life. Movies like Eat Pray Love featuring strong female characters like Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) shows women that no matter what your age or situation, life may still hold an adventure or two. However, that adventure should not involve getting stuck in a foreign country with no money or identification. Use smart travel planning ideas to get safely from point A to point B.
Hire a Caretaker
If your travel plans involve being away for several weeks or more you need a caretaker. A caretaker will house-sit, care for pets and plants, collect your mail, and keep a vigilant eye on your home. Do not hire a friend or relative; stick with a professional. Search online for a caretaker that has references you can verify. Caretaker agencies will provide you with a good list of candidates to choose from.
No matter where your feet take you, you will need to access your home bank account for adequate funding. Do not carry all your money with you, only what you need for a day or two. A daily budget is a good idea and will keep you from squandering your trip money on that Pashmina shawl with the butterflies all over it. How much you need will depend on how you plan to spend your money. Questions to ask yourself is what star hotel will I stay in and how many times a day will I eat? Mobile banking makes it easier to manage your money regardless of where you are.
Carry different forms of money to give yourself plenty of funding choices. Be aware that crooks and pickpockets abound so keep your money stored in different places on your person. Keep small bills around for tips and avoid flashing large denomination bills if possible. Do not leave your money in your hotel room. Use the hotel safe if one is available.
Passport laws have tightened in the past few years so your travel planning needs to begin months before you travel. According to U.S. officials, it takes six weeks to get a passport. You could get it faster but a large fee is involved. Your passport has to be updated every six months and activated. You can choose between the passport booklet or the easy to carry card. Either one is recognized by all countries that welcome visitors.
Traveling abroad will require vaccinations so the squeamish will need to put on a brave face and get it done. Some kinds of vaccinations require a series of shots over weeks, even months so plan accordingly. Give yourself plenty of time to recover from any ill side effects before heading out of the country.
Travel insurance is not just a good suggestion — it is a necessity. Nobody wants to imagine a vacation that involves losing your luggage, getting a toothache or needing emergency evacuation but it happens. Be prepared with travel insurance. Thrill-seekers will need to ask their insurance company about specific insurance to cover their expenses.
Your mother taught you to be prepared but carrying too much stuff can really weigh you down when traveling. Travel planning means smart packing. Start with the appropriate suitcases for the job. Look for a suitcase that is sturdy, has lots of pockets and can be easily identified. Read about the customs and practices of the locals to determine what you need to pack. Pack light but pack with purpose. Know in advance what temperatures to expect and prepare for special nights out. Make a packing list so you do not forget anything.
Know the Culture
Do not begin your vacation with by giving unintended insults. Learn about the culture that you will be visiting so you can avoid unnecessary faux pas. In some cultures, shoe wear is limited in others a right-handed greeting is considered a swear word. You do not have to take a college course to enjoy the sights and sounds of India, but you should brush up on what you should expect.
Smart travel planning will protect you and allow you to enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Won’t that look great on your blog?