Before You Travel

Before You Travel

My best man (Koumparos, in Greek) George, when his planning to travel for holidays, he gets very anxious and excited at the same time as he wants everything to be perfect, by avoiding any surprises. He believes that, it’s wise to invest time upfront to make sure you’ve covered all the important parts of your vacations. Based on George’s long-term experience in travel I’ve prepared this checklist for you to follow in order to have a carefree time.

Passports and Visas
Make sure your passport, Identification and Visa are not about to expire soon, as some countries will deny you to enter if your passport expires less than six months. Always consult your travel agent about entry requirements to the country you are planning to visit.

Driving license
Before you rent a car, you have to make sure that your driver license is qualified at the country you are visiting. In some cases, you may require to issue an international driver license that is usually valid for one year.

Travel warnings
Check for travel warnings and advisories, many travel insurance policies will not cover travel to countries that are under travel warnings.

Travel Insurance
Buy a travel insurance as most probably your health insurance won’t cover you while you’re traveling abroad. Depending on where you’re traveling, consider buying a travel insurance that will cover you for medical evacuation and emergency medical insurance. In addition, if your trip requires a big down payment or is booked many months in advance, trip interruption and cancellation insurance can provide valuable protection from the unexpected.

Currency and credit cards
If you will be traveling outside EU countries, contact your bank and credit card company to let them know what countries you will be traveling to in order to exchange the right currency and check if your credit cards would be accepted there. Most banks abroad let you do that online, by submitting a “travel notification form” or “a travel notice”.

Itineraries and hotel reservations
When it comes to book a flight and reserve a hotel room for your holidays, you need to be very careful to use the same spelling on all your reservations as it appears in your passport or identification card. Many airlines will refuse boarding or charge you for that mistake by reissuing your ticket.

The above are the basics things to take into consideration doing before you travel, I’ll be sharing with you more. Have lovely holidays.

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