Seeing the World Through Your Own Eyes
There is nothing that can match the excitement and the learning opportunities like a trip abroad. However, there is a lot of stress and anxiety associated with traveling. There are some things you can do in order to prepare yourself and your family for a trip. The first thing you need to make sure is that your family has valid visas and passports. Make the effort to fill out all the emergency pages in your passport, just in case they get lost.
Credit cards will be your lifesaver abroad. With a credit card, you won’t have to deal with exchanging currency or learning to count it. However, you should probably take the time to learn this anyway, just in case you find yourself with a fistful of Euros. The real benefits of wielding a credit card is to avoid having to exchange currency. There is often a fee attached to the conversion, which is a huge ripoff. You also eliminate the possibility of being ripped off by a vendor who knows you’re not from the country.
Try to not to dress like a foreigner. Looking out of place makes you prime target for a thief. Avoid using your Louis Vuitton bag and wearing your expensive diamond necklace. Take library cards, unnecessary credit cards, and social security cards out of your wallet, as these can be used against you should you be a victim of an identity theft. Keep all your important items, such as your passport, your credit card, and any cash in a pouch around your neck and wear it inside your shirt. Be sure to make copies of everyone’s ID’s and passports, as these will be indispensable if you lose your bag or wallet.
Learning a little bit of the local language can go a very long way. If you are in Cancun and you just drank the largest pina colada that you have ever had, being able to ask for the location of the bathroom will save you from a huge ordeal. The locals will definitely appreciate your effort in trying to blend in, and knowing just a few key phrases can save you from a lot of stress. Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs. This will protect you from doing anything that could get you arrested or potentially offend someone.
First-aid is extremely important to keep with you when you are traveling. A little medical kit fit with anti-diarrheal, aspirin, antibiotic ointment, and any prescriptions will prove to be invaluable. Be sure to bring your own water or a purification container. Different country’s water is often the biggest problem that traveler’s face when in other countries. Research what sort of immunizations are recommended for people traveling to your specific country. Keeping up with your shots and making sure your family is medically prepared can avert any potential health disasters while traveling abroad.