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Even seasoned globetrotters can feel overwhelmed by the idea of traveling internationally. After a long flight, you have to get used to a new country’s different time zones and currencies. Many surprises can occur along the way.

Getting ready for your international trip is very important, as it will allow you to make the most of your experience.

Check to See if You Need Any Vaccinations 

Once you’ve picked a destination, check to see if you will need any additional vaccinations. Government websites can also be helpful, and I always check the US State Department’s website for advisories.

The government resources of a country are significant, as they are updated regularly. This is especially true during COVID, as cities and countries enact restrictions and rules. Even though vaccinations are already required in most countries, it’s still a good idea to double-check.

Passport Rules

Some countries have specific rules regarding the expiration of your passport. Some require that you have six months left on it before you can travel. Before you leave, make sure to double-check your passport to make sure that it’s still valid. Doing so will allow you to avoid getting stuck with a passport that’s already expired.

After you have a valid passport, make a couple of copies and bring them with you on your trip. This will allow you to keep track of your passport and its location.

Book Ahead 

It’s essential to book your international trip at least a month in advance to get the best possible deal. Begin searching for flights as soon as possible, and you can keep track of your desired destination using an app like Hopper.

Give Your Bank & Credit Card Issuer a Heads Up 

If you’re planning on using your credit card for purchases while traveling, you might accidentally have your card declined after you’ve arrived at your destination. This could have happened for your own protection, as credit card companies take a serious interest in foreign transactions.

Before you leave, make sure to give your bank and credit card issuer a heads-up. They’ll want to ensure you’re not getting charged for foreign transactions. They might suspend your account if they don’t know who you are. A clear understanding of where and when you’re going will allow you to make the necessary purchases.