Useful International Travel Tips-for all travelers

15 Feb 2023 Umesh Paneru


Traveling is always fun. And when it’s international travel, fun, and excitement double. But, at the same time anxiety or stress build up on how to manage the trip, what to do, what not to do, where to book, what to pack, and so on. Just Relax and calm down. We are here to provide you with some useful international travel tips for all travelers that make your travel journey smooth, memorable, and fruitful.

To begin with, the first step is:

1. Select or choose the international destination

Things to do:

  • Do Proper Research before traveling
  • Read a book or article about the country you are traveling to in detail

Ask yourself:

  • Where do I want to go?
  • How long do I want to stay?
  • What do I want to do there?
  • What do I expect from the trip?
  • Can I step out of my comfort zone or not?

2. Passport

Things to do:

  • Check Expire date and renew if necessary
  • Make sure it has a validity of at least 6 months
  • Make sure it has enough Visa pages

3. Check out for a Visa Requirements and Visa Procedure

Things to do:

  • Make sure your Visa is valid
  • Only a few countries accept Visas on arrival, so apply early and submit the visa application in advance
  • Early you work on your Visa procedure, you get your Visa on time
  • Many countries practice online Visa procedures via the e-visa portal, so, apply through it for your easiness

4. Follow Travel Advisory

Things to do:

  • Strictly follow the travel advisories of the destinations you are traveling
  • Different nations have different sets of rules & regulations for their travelers regarding particular documents, so arrange in advance for safe & smooth travel

5. Medical Health Check-up & vaccinations

Things to do:

  • Do necessary health check-ups
  • Take vaccines if required
  • Arrange all essential medical & vaccination reports
  • Check government websites for necessary advisories, recommended vaccines, and new health updates

6. Get Travel Insurance

Things to do:

  • Get travel insurance from a trusted insurance agency
  • Get medical travel insurance as it acts as a safety tool against any unforeseen events
  • Make sure your travel insurance covers all medical emergencies, fatal injuries, emergency rescue, loss/theft of belongings, flight/trip cancellation, mountaineering activities, or high altitude if you are trekking

7. Travel Documents Copies

Things to do:

  • Make sure you make copies of essential travel documents, passport, credit cards, international driving license, and medical prescriptions, as it may be helpful in case of loss/theft
  • Also, print your boarding pass, hotel details, and necessary on-arrival details in case your mobile battery is dead
  • Scan the essential travel documents on your mobile or online account which you can easily access

8. Get registered with your country’s Embassy

Things to do:

  • Register with the country’s embassy you are traveling to as it helps in case of emergency

9. Book in advance to get discounts or cheap flights

Things to do:

  • Look out for flights offering cheap international flight tickets
  • Check  for some discounts
  • Know your airline’s baggage fee (different airlines charge different fees)
  • Always check if the country you are traveling to charges an extra entry or exit fee

10. Pre-book for Accommodations

Things to do:

  • Always a nice idea to pre-book for accommodation, especially during peak seasons
  • At least book first-night accommodation for taking rest from long travel
  • Always do a comparison while booking to get extra benefits at a cheaper price

11. Credit cards, Travel Card, ATM cards

Things to do:

  • Make sure to get cards that do not charge foreign transaction fees
  • Make sure it works internationally
  • Don’t forget to inform your bank or ATM card provider about your abroad travel so that they won’t block your card
  • Use Travel credit cards and collect rewards like free flights, accommodation, etc.
  • Collect the information on card transactions abroad for the usage of credit cards
  • For safety purposes, put the cards separately and safely for backup in case of loss or theft

12. Always carry local cash at your traveling destination

Things to do:

  • Exchange some local cash before traveling to your destination
  • Always carry some local cash for ease and use where cards are not accepted
  • Get familiar with local currency & check the exchange rate before exchanging
  • Try to less use ATMs in airports as airport ATMs charge high fees
  • It is good to get local currency from ATMs of your traveling destinations as it is easy and cheap
  • Sometimes ATMs may not work so carry some US dollars for use as it is widely accepted
  • Keep some cash in stock for emergencies
  • You can also carry a money belt bag to store your money and belongings safely

13. Jet lag and its solution

Things to do:

  • Take a good night’s sleep before your international flight
  • Don’t stress much and avoid using sleeping pills, alcohol, coffee, cola, energy drinks, or smoking before your flight
  • Try to book a day flight
  • Avoid sleeping too much on the flight
  • Carry books or download songs, podcasts, or anything of your interest to keep yourself entertained on the flight
  • Spare a day to take proper rest and get out from the hangover of jet lag after landing at your traveling destination

14. Visit the local places besides famous landmarks

Things to do:

  • Research local places to visit besides famous landmarks
  • For proper research watch travel vlogs of that place or search from the country’s website of your traveling destination
  • Read the reviews of Trip Advisor and other same sites about local places
  • Get the detail of local places from locals or local travel agency
  • If you want to learn more about the place, hire a local guide who can speak good English or can communicate well
  • Respect and follow the local culture and norms of the place
  • Strictly follow the dress code if you are traveling to religious places or conservative nation
  • Try local dishes and participate in local events (if it occurs at the time of your visit)

15. Learn a few basic foreign words or local languages

Things to do:

  • It makes it easy to converse with locals
  • An easy way to connect with the locals and their culture
  • It helps to deal easily when awkward situation arises
  • Improves travel experience

16. Carry a short notepad

Things to do:

  • Keep a track of your travel destinations
  • Your hotel name, your next destination, important contact numbers & address
  • Very helpful when the mobile battery is dead
  • Write short plans on what to do next
  • Write down short journal key points or some notes for future reference
  • With the help of these keynotes, you can write a travel blog or some article

17. Try Local foods

Things to do:

  • Street and local foods are a new way of exploring new dishes
  • Best way to save money
  • Good for budget travelers
  • Get connected with the locals and their culture through food
  • Be positive while trying new foods and do proper research before tasting if it suitable for your health or not

18. Stay Connected

Things to do:

  • List down emergency contact numbers
  • Contact the local embassy if you need help
  • Keep in contact with your family and friends
  • Keep in contact with your medical professional in case of guidance for medical treatment
  • Know whom to contact in an emergency and keep connected with them
  • Activate international calling facilities to stay connected directly

19. Safety and Backup

Things to do:

  • For safety purposes, backup your important travel photos, videos, and documents
  • Backup it in a hard drive or purchase online storage or use the free storage
  • Backup is helpful in case of loss or damage of your belongings like a laptop, camera, or phone
  • Make a folder including all details and plans, especially for your trip to keep track of everything and create a backup for safety and future reference

20. Travel Packing Tips

Things to do:

  • List down all packing essentials in a note and pack accordingly
  • Pack clothes only a week before a flight date as it helps with what to pack and what not to and saves time
  • For easy packing, use packing cubes to save luggage space and time
  • Bring snacks as it helps when your flight is late or you feel like munching
  • Pack extra clothes, light snacks, toiletries, medications, and electronic devices in a carry-on as it is helpful when your luggage delays
  • Not to be missed Travel Items: (Universal travel adapter, Portable charger, Power Bank, Reusable Water Bottle, Ear plugs, Eye mask, Travel pillow, Headphones, Thread & Needle Kit)
  • Personal Hygiene Kits (Make- up, Lip balm, Shampoo, Razor, Comb, Toiletries, Lotion, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Hand sanitizer, Wipes, Tissues)
  • Medical Kits (First aid kits, Prescribed medicines, Water Purification kits)
  • Electronic devices (Cell Phone, Laptop, E-reader, Camera, Video camera, and chargers)
  • Pack safely Legal Documents (Passport, Visa, ID, Travel documents) in a safe file or folder
  • Keep travel cards, credit cards, and cash separately and safely, and make some important copies of the essential documents)

Bonus Tips:

# Take proper care of your health

Things to do:

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Do regular light exercises
  • Avoid consuming more hard and soft beverages, and smoking
  • Get proper rest and sleep
  • Don’t stress much
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Use sunscreen and other products to protect your face and body
  • Maintain your hygiene to stay healthy and look fresh
  • Be flexible, Think positive, and try to stay happy

# Download useful travel apps

Things to do:

  • Travel Planning & Organizing (Google Travel or similar apps)
  • Travel Apps for Navigation (Google maps, Maps.ME, etc.)
  • Travel Apps for learning a language (Google Translate, Duolingo, etc.)
  • Currency Converter Apps (XE, or similar apps)
  • Flight/Hotel/Vehicle booking apps ( or similar apps)
  • Travel Itinerary Management Apps (TripIt, similar apps0
  • Travel Documenting Apps (Visited App, or similar apps)
  • Backpackers or Solo Travelers Apps (Meetup, or similar apps)
  • Money Management Apps (Splitwise or similar apps)
  • Travel Review or Recommendation Apps (Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, etc.)
  • Travel VPN Apps (ExpressVPN, or similar apps)
  • Health Apps (Google Fit, or similar apps)
  • File sharing and data backup apps (Dropbox, 1password, Backblaze, etc.)

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