BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
What type of research should I do before I travel?
What additional research should I do when planning
- Do some research, learn as much as you can about
- Check to see what type of weather the area has so
you can plan accordingly.
- Check to see what type of paperwork and documentation
you will need to travel.
- Find out what type of diseases are common to the
area youll be visiting and take actions to prevent
your exposure to those diseases.
- Check your own medical coverage to see what type
of coverage youll have when away from home.
Consider purchasing trip insurance.
- If you plan on driving, get your car ready and investigate
the local road conditions, laws and other driving
- Do some research about the costs of local items
so you can set your budget. Don't forget to budget
for taxes and tipping. Many governments charge high
taxes for travel related services.
- Check the dates of local major holidays or festivals,
since services may be limited on those dates.
- Find out if you will need a passport to enter the
country. Make sure your passport is up to date and
valid. Some countries will not let you in if your
passport will expire within six months of your return
home, extend it, if you are close to expiration.
- Find out if you will need any visas to enter the
- Check with the U.S. State Department concerning
safety warnings for U.S. tourists at your destination.
- Find out what types of vaccinations you will need
to enter the country, there may also be medications
youll need to take before, during and even after
- Check the financial section of your newspaper, they
usually post exchange rates and checking in advance
can give you an idea of how much youll need
- Do some research with U.S. Customs to find out what
you can take with you and what you may bring back.
- Build some basic language skills in the local language.
- Most of the world uses the metric system, so try
to become familiar with this system. 1 kilometer =
.62 miles so 100 kilometers per hour = 62 miles per