Those who travel abroad frequently are likely already aware of the biggest concerns travelers do or should have when traveling outside of the United States however, for those new to the international travel scene, there are more than a few issues you will need to consider before you travel. Coconut Club Vacations invites you to review 7 questions you have or should ask before you travel abroad.
- Should I drink the water?
If you are traveling abroad, water safety should be a concern as standards vary greatly from country to country. When traveling outside of the U.S. it is always just a good idea to drink only bottled water with the seal still intact.
- Can I eat street food?
This is a tough question as the safety of street food will not only vary country to country but stand to stand. If the food appears to be kept in sanitary conditions, use your best judgment. Remember, many times fruits will be washed in tap water, the same water you shouldn’t be drinking so err on the side of caution and peel your fruit yourself.
- Will I need to get shots?
In some cases, the answer will be yes and in others, no. To find out the details, visit your destinations government website or visit travel.state.gov for more information.
- Do I need to speak the language?
In many countries, the local people can speak at least some English however, you shouldn’t rely on this as fact when you travel. For your safety, know at least some of the native language including things like police, bathroom and please and thank you. Note: It is also just good etiquette to speak to people in their own language whenever possible even if you are not good at it. It shows you respect their culture.
- Should I bring cash?
You will likely need cash money at some points during your trip. Err on the side of caution and take out an amount when traveling. Carry a credit card while you travel as well in case of emergency.
- Will in need a visa?
This depends on your destination. This is another question easily answered by simply visiting the country specific page on travel.state.gov.
- What should I leave at home?
Anything you cannot replace, especially valuables. While you don’t need to expect to have trouble, it is always better to err on the side of caution when traveling. If you can’t replace it, leave it at home.
When it comes to international travel, enjoying your vacation does not have to be difficult. If you plan ahead and know before you go, you too can enjoy an amazing time abroad.