Traveling is beautiful and whether you're going to do it for a long or short time it sounds (and most of the time is) super fun. But it also implies a lot of questions that surely, if it's your first time traveling outside your country, you are going to ask a lot of questions. That's why here, my friend, I took the job of writing you 15 tips so that your first vacation abroad is absolutely perfect .

  1. Take good care of your documents: except for some exceptions in which, depending on your nationality and the country you are going to visit, you can travel with your identity document, from now on your passport is everything . And when I say everything, believe me, it's ALL. I look after my passport almost more than anything else because losing it can sometimes mean that the end of your trip has arrived.
  2. Check the validity of your passport: how is your first trip abroad perhaps your passport is fresh out of the oven, but it may also happen that you have removed it some time ago and are about to release it. If that is your case, look well when it expires. Most countries (if not all) require that the passport has a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of entry to the place.
  3. Validate your driving record: this applies more than anything if you have the idea of renting a car abroad. Keep in mind that even if you are Schumacher and you drive from 12 years old, your registration does not have any validity outside of your country. But do not worry it's easier than you think. In Argentina, for example, you can go to the Automobile Club Argentino to get the international license that is given to you at the moment and it has a valid year.
  4. Take copies of the important papers: have a copy of your passport, for example, it will serve you to avoid having to walk with the original over all the time and thus run less risk of losing it. I printed the most important and have a backup in your mail, on a hard drive or even on the cell phone just in case.
  5. Take an assistance to the traveler: yes, I know, they are expensive and it is an expense that you did not have calculated but it is necessary. First, because anything that happens to you when you are out of your country can be more expensive than assistance - there are exceptions, but it is better not to take risks. Second, because it's an extra peace of mind for you and your family (you're not going to want to leave everyone worried, right?). And, third, because in some places it is mandatory. In the countries of the European Union, for example, they can deny you entry if they ask you and you do not have it . There are many companies that offer you insurance so it is good to know what things to take into account before choosing the right traveler assistance.
  6. Do not want to take the whole closet: so whether you go for a long time or you take a short vacation, you do not need to take everything you have. Think that you have what you have to carry you and nobody but you. Minimize as much as you can, pack the basics and ready . Think that anything you lack you will be able to get anywhere else, so if you forget something is not so serious.
  7. Never put valuables in the luggage: it may sound obvious, but I met more than one person who was ruined the trip because they stole something from the suitcase or backpack. The silver, the documents, the camera, the computer and anything of value that you are going to carry, always have them with you in your backpack or handbag.
  8. Do not forget to check the requirements of each place: each country is different and has its own rules . For some you may need to process a visa in advance, as it happens in many countries in Asia , and for others you can ask for certain vaccines like Thailand , to give you two examples. It is important that you are clear on everything you need before leaving to avoid surprises along the way. Take the time to find out and do not leave everything for the last minute, I know cases of people who had to change their flight (with all that implies) for having left the paperwork for the end.
  9. T always Ene hand an outlet passage: might not even ask him, but there are cases thatdo not let you board the plane if you do not have it . If you are one of those who like adventure and wants to go living the trip as you walk, do not worry. In some companies you can make reservations without the need to pay them - which of course will cease to be valid after a certain time - and there are others that offer to " rent " you for a minimum amount.
  10. Always carry an adapter for plugs: it will be super useful and will get you out of more than one hurry. Imagine that you arrive in London after 12 hours of flight and you want to charge your cell phone, but, surprise, your three-legged plug does not work in the squares that the English have. You will not enjoy much that your first walk through the new city is to buy something that allows you to use your phone.
  11. Get organized with the money: there are those who prefer to travel with all the money in cash and change it on arrival and also those who feel more comfortable using the card. What suits you depends on you . Keep in mind that not everything can be paid with plastic - in the street markets, for example - and that they will charge you a commission every time you extract money. The amount varies according to each bank so it is best that you consult directly with them. If you are going to take the tickets, change a bit at the airport for those first expenses and then go to a change house or bank in the place you are stopping, where the change is usually better.
  12. Inform yourself, investigate, be prepared: before making my first trip to Europe - which had not been the first one abroad, but only by myself - I spent my time reading, writing down and comparing things. I had a notebook full of information that helped me to know how to move from one place to another, define what things I was interested in and which ones were not, whether it was cheaper to buy a tourist card or pay for tickets separately and a thousand other things. Ideally, you should read more than one website in each place. Search official pages, online guides, read blogs from travelers who have already been to the place you are going to visit and everything you can think of to be as prepared as possible. Beware, being prepared does not mean that you have to tie yourself to the things you read, you can give free rein to freedom once you travel, but if you go with some information in your head you will feel much more comfortable.
  13. Make good use of your cell phone: today smartphones are more than a mobile phone, they are our allies when traveling. Take advantage of their functions and download applications that may be useful. Offline maps such as maps.me and a currency converter are the ones that I use the most. Surely you can find a lot more that serve you, so look what there are a thousand ideas hanging around the web. Of course, unless you want your entire travel budget to go on the cell phone bill, do not forget to turn off mobile data .
  14. Do not assume that everything works the same as in your country: when you travel abroad there are things that can change. If you are used to drinking tap water at home, for example, you have to bear in mind that you can not do the same everywhere. Eating a salad may sound delicious, but there are places where it is best to avoid raw vegetables. That a girl seen mini shorts and top may not be a big problem in your city, but if you go to India you will realize that it is better to avoid it. It is important that you know how each country you go to work to avoid bad moments or dislikes and, in addition, is a way to respect their culture .
  15. Take precautions: I told you before that there are countries that require vaccines as a requirement for your income but usually they do it to protect themselves. In Thailand there is no yellow fever, but if you are Argentine you will be asked because you are from one of the countries that may have the disease. Ideally, you should find out what kind of diseases are in each place and act accordingly. It can be a vaccine or simply filled with repellent to avoid catching the dengue, the important thing is that you know how to prevent it .
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Angelina is regular contributor.