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3 things to do before you start travelling

When you have a big travel adventure ahead of you, one of the best things you can do is to be prepared for it. Forgetting to do something important before you set off can mean that you have to delay your whole trip in some cases, and even if you can still board your plane or train, you’ll feel much less enthused than you did before that first little – or big – element of your trip goes wrong. 


No matter whether you’re going to a well-known capital city or a tiny little village in the middle of nowhere, there are some things you’ll need to do before any trip. Get these in place, and you can genuinely enjoy your traveling time. Read on to find out more.  




Depending on where you are going, how long you’re staying, and what you intend to do once you’re there, you may need a specific visa to visit certain countries. Visas are legal documents that prove to the authorities of the country you’re visiting your reasons for being there. Some visas are simple to obtain and only require you to fill in a form and pay a fee. Others are much more complex, and if you pick the wrong type of visa or complete it wrong, you could be in for a hefty fine or even imprisonment. This is why it’s often best to discuss your options with visa lawyers to ensure you’re making the right choices. 


If the visa you need is a little more involved than the standard one, you’ll need to ensure you leave enough time between applying for it and going on your travels. Some visas take many weeks or longer to be approved, so it’s best to sort your visa out before you book anything. 



Although the visa issue is something everyone needs to consider, the storage problem may not be something you have to worry about. However, if you intend to be away from home for some time, perhaps for many months, even indefinitely, then you may not want to leave all of your belongings in your home. In fact, you might not want to keep paying for that home while you’re away as it’s an expense that you just don’t need. 


Whatever you decide to do about the place you currently live in, you might still want to store your possessions. If you own your property and decide to rent it out while you’re gone, if you rent it and you give up the tenancy, or if you sell the house to fund your traveling adventures, storing your possessions is a great idea. They will be safe and secure, and the cost will be minimal. 



You have a passport, and that’s a good start, but that doesn’t mean you can use it when you want to travel – it has to be in date and valid. Sometimes, depending on where you are going, it needs to be in date for the entire duration of your trip, and for some months after you return too. 


When was the last time you checked your passport’s expiry date? Don’t assume that your passport is going to get you where you need to go; it might be that you need to apply for a new one, and finding out the rules regarding passports for the specific country or countries you want to visit is crucial; you really don’t want to be turned away at the airport because you don’t have the correct documents to leave the country. 


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Published: 23 March 2021

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