In less than 48 hours time I will be on a plane heading to Los Angeles for my 3 week Californian adventure. Having done trips overseas before, a lot of the planning and researching involved comes fairly easily to me. However, I am well aware that this is not the case for everyone. For many people, the stress and worry of planning a trip or holiday can almost ruin the actual trip itself.
So I thought I’d share with you guys my 7 tips to know before you go anywhere in the world to ensure you are as well prepared as you can be (or want to be!) for your trip and flights:-
Find out about visa’s/waivers/entry requirements
Every country around the world has different rules and regulations and time limits for foreigners to be allowed entry into the country. As an Australian citizen, it is relatively easy to gain access into most countries around the world thanks to our good relationships with many foreign leaders and diplomats. For example, no Visa was required when I ventured around Europe for 6 weeks and only a Visa Waiver form was filled out beforehand when visiting the U.S.A. However, it is not so easy for others or in other countries. Your best way to ensure you can gain entry into your chosen destination is to speak to a reputable travel agent or your government.
Book your flights and check them before you go
Booking your flights months in advance will often save you lots of money and give you plenty of time to plan, save and book your dream holiday. Once your flights are booked, keep your flight number and reservation numbers and 48 hours before your flight, go on the airlines website and double-check that the flight is still at the same time, terminal and to the same destination as airlines can change the departure times etc. if needed.
Organise your transport from the airport beforehand
After waking up, making sure you’re packed, waiting at the airport, flying to your destination, I can promise you that your body will be exhausted (especially if you’re like me and cannot sleep on planes!). This is when organising your transport once you’ve arrived at your destination is incredibly convenient. Grab your luggage, head to the bus/shuttle/driver area, find your company and then all you need to do is sit back. No hailing cabs, extra airport charges or having to navigate to your hotel. It’s done for you!
Research attractions and hot spots
The last thing you want is to be in your destination and know absolutely nothing about it. Just a quick google search will give you a very basic idea of what to expect and some places you may like to visit. It would be awful to rock up in a country you thought was going to be warm and tropical only for it to be cyclone season and raining at that time of year.
Find out your luggage limits and airport requirements
This is vital. There is nothing worse than rocking up to the airport with all your necessary travel items only to have the airline tell you your bag is overweight and either charging you fees or asking you to remove items from your bag. Also, find out any airport requirements that you may not be expecting upon arrival or departure. For example, some flights to and from the USA and UK for security reasons now require all passengers to have electronics in their carry-on luggage, charged and having proved that they can be switched on and off.
Be prepared for the flight
Ensure you have what you need with you in your carry-on luggage for the flight. Medication, Nurofen, sleeping tablets, face wipes, lip balm, jumper, snacks and entertainment (books, magazines, iPods) are some of my travel essentials for long flights.
Enjoy the lead up
Enjoy this time of planning and booking your dream holiday. While the countdown can seem torturous and so far away, soon enough you will be off on your trip and enjoying it. The sooner you start the trip the sooner its over, but I guess that’s as good of a reason to book another trip soon after than any.
All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.