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Preparing for Travel

A proactive traveler is a prepared traveler. Taking these necessary steps, well in advance of your next overseas trip will leave you feeling less stressed and could help you save money, time and a potential trip catastrophe.

  1. Immunizations. Whether precautionary or required in certain rural countries, itís a good idea to check for destination specific immunizations at least three months in advance of travel. Some immunizations can necessitate multiple doses before effective and can take longer than you may expect. You will also want to keep a record of your specific immunizations if asked to show proof upon arrival to your destination of choice.
  2. Passports. In recent years the US Government has passed new laws requiring passports for all travel outside of the United States for people of all ages. Passports are even required for travelers visiting Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada. Three to six months before your trip make sure your passport is current and has enough blank pages for your next travel. If you have any issues you'll want to resolve right away as passport modifications and renewals can take several weeks to months to manage.
  3. Local Customs and Laws. The last thing you want to occur on your trip is getting in trouble with the natives or the government during your travels. Itís a good idea to check out local laws and customs before traveling to your next international destination. Several websites exist today that allow you to quickly identify what you should and should not do in any specific country while traveling abroad.
  4. Medical Insurance. It's a good idea to call your health insurance company and discuss any available coverage in your destination of choice. If you have certain health issues or are going to a third world country, where common health scares can be a life or death situation, medical insurance and a medical evacuation plan is proactive thinking.
  5. Travel Insurance. Should something occur before or during your vacation you donít want to see your hard earned money wasted. Travel Insurance protects your investment should your trip be cancelled, you lose your luggage, or an emergency arises.
  6. Medicine. Should you get sick, a condition worsens or you are stuck due to common travel delays youíll need to have plenty of medicine to stay healthy, happy and out of an international hospital. The same medicines found in other countries can be much different than those you currently use. Utilizing a little more space in your suitcase for an emergency supply of medicine is a wise decision.

Being proactive with both your passport, insurance, medical needs and country research will help avoid a travel nightmare and wasted money.

The strongest passports in the world all come from the same region- and it's an ocean away from the US

Passport strength measures how easy it is to travel for citizens of each country. Countries in Western Europe dominate the list of strongest passports, according to financial consulting company Nomad Capitalist. The US passport allows Americans to travel ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:46:00 GMT

Lost and found: Missing passports

Update: 2:41PM THE Fiji Police Force is requesting information that could assist in locating the owners of some valuable items discovered by the Police Traffic team. The team found two passports, a black hand bag and a white purse last Friday at the ANZ ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:54:00 GMT

Tibetan travel agent held for selling fake passports

MUMBAI: The police on Monday arrested a 39-year-old Tibetan wanted in a seven-month-old case where he collected Rs 1 lakh each from two persons and promised to help them reach Paris. Yolmu Thashi (39), a travel agent who had gone into hiding after taking ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:49:00 GMT

Punish Director of Passports over acquisition delays - Prof Adei

Public Service Management expert and former head of GIMPA Professor Stephen Adei has called on government to hold the head of passports responsible over undue delays in the acquisition of passports in the country. The comment comes on the back of hints by ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:52:00 GMT

Aadhaar Necessary To Open Bank Accounts, Tatkal Passports; Clarifies UIDAI

After SC extended the deadline to link Aadhaar card to various services, UIDAI has clarified that requirement of Aadhaar for opening new bank accounts as well as applying for tatkal passports will continue. In a series of tweets, UIDAI (Unique ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:41:00 GMT

Absent-minded border guard is caught browsing social media on her phone while she stamps travellers' passports

The border guard was caught browsing a profile on Facebook while she absent-mindedly reviewed traveller's documents. Shocking footage shows her rubber-stamping the series of documents but between each one she looks at her phone again. The guard even ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Mar 2018 02:51:00 GMT

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