Holiday travel is resuming more and more. If it’s been some time since you’ve gotten away from it all during the holidays, heading to a beautiful offshore location might be in store.
Here are eight tips that will help make a holiday spent offshore the best one yet.
1.Get Up to Speed On The Nation You Will Visit
Even if you’ve been to the destination in the past, don’t assume everything is like before. Many things may have changed, given what the world has been through in recent years. It’s up to you to learn about those changes before you set foot on the plane.
Put the internet to good use, and bring yourself up to speed about policies or changes to laws that may impact offshore visitors. What you learn will do more than set reasonable expectations; that knowledge will also help you know how to make the most of your time and resources.
2. Make Sure Your Travel Documents Are Valid And Up to Date
What travel documents will you need to take along? A passport is a given. Make sure it’s up to date and that you have all the proper forms of identification to go with it. The last thing you want is to arrive in the destination country and find that you don’t have everything needed to enter the country.
Consider contacting the local embassy. It’s easy to obtain a list of everything a citizen of your nation needs to bring along when visiting the country.
Along with the original documentation needed, consider creating digital copies and uploading them to more than one secure location. For example, save them to your mobile phone and upload them to a cloud location. If anything happens to the originals, the copies may get you by until you can obtain replacements.
3. Understand Any Vaccination Requirements
Vaccinations have been an aspect of international travel for decades. However, one new change is the COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Be sure to find out what vaccinations and boosters are required to enter the offshore destination and to re-enter your home country.
This is another time when contacting the embassy is helpful. You will receive up-to-date information about what’s needed and the type of documentation you will be required to present. This simple act will make travel to and from the holiday destination much simpler.
4. Identify Which Financial Accounts You Will Use
Holidays involve spending money. Have you thought about which form of payment would be best for your chosen destination? If you plan on using a domestic debit or credit card, make sure it is recognized where you’re visiting.
An alternative is investing in a prepaid credit card recognized within that nation. If you have an offshore checking account that comes with a debit card, it may serve the purpose well. Assuming the international bank has ties with the country you’re planning to visit, you may find it easier to withdraw funds in local currency or use the card for shopping and other expenses.
5. Understand the Current Exchange Rates
The rate of exchange between the domestic currency and the currency of the nation you’ll holiday to is something you need to understand ahead of time. While it can shift a little each day, having some idea of how much spending power you have makes it easier to remain within your planned budget.
You may find that the current rate of exchange is favorable, and your funds will go further. Even so, choosing to remain within your budget means there will be no worries about paying off holiday debt after returning home.
6. Keep Basics in Your Carry-On Bag
A fact of traveling is that luggage can go one way while the owner goes another. For this reason, it’s important to have essentials with you.
Along with essential toiletries, medication, and other things you can’t do without, include a complete change of clothing. You’ll have clothes that can be laundered until your luggage is delivered.
7. Provide Someone With Contact Details
You should have your smartphone with you, so loved ones can call if the need arises. But, don’t consider that enough. Give at least two trusted individuals your itinerary, including the phone numbers for where you will stay.
Should your smartphone be lost or stolen, there’s still a way for someone to reach you in an emergency. The same is true if your coverage is somewhat limited. You’ll feel better knowing that someone knows where you’re supposed to be, and they will be happier knowing they can reach you if something unexpected happens.
8. Dive into the Local Culture
There’s no point in going on a holiday trip abroad if you’re going to do the same things that you do at home. This trip is a chance to see and do something different. With that in mind, enjoy soaking up the local culture.
Try restaurants serving local cuisine. Attend concerts, plays, and holiday celebrations. Listen to local music, especially unfamiliar genres. Along with broadening your horizons, there’s a good chance of coming across several cultural elements you want to explore even after you return home.
Get Away from It All This Holiday Season
Your holiday trip is a chance to get away from it all, do something new, or revisit a favorite international location. Do your homework and plan carefully to ensure you have everything needed.
Plan for a holiday trip with the perfect mix of things to do and time to relax. You’ll make lifetime memories and return home feeling rested and refreshed.
Luigi Wewege is the President of Caye International Bank, headquartered in Belize, Central America. Outside of the bank, he serves as an Instructor at the FinTech School in California, which provides online training courses on the latest technological and innovation developments within the Financial Services industry. Luigi is also the published author of The Digital Banking Revolution, now in its third edition.