It used to be simple: we all went to Italy and nine chances out of ten it was a trip to a campsite near a big city. Do not get me wrong, camping can be a really difficult task. But we travelled every year to a site where there were bungalows and mobile homes (of course very very nice). At the end, very simple and good. And usually, or let me say at once: my mom always arranged the holidays. Whether we went to Italy, Ireland, Netherlands or to Spain. Of course with our “blessing.” Anyway, now it’s different. Now I’m the person who arranges everything that has to do with travel. Unfortunately, I have made mistakes, and I want to tell you these mistakes, so you know and maybe you can even avoid them.
Think of photocopies or photographs of your international passport, ID, driver’s license, and so on. It’ll just happen that you lose your evidence. You can’t possibly travel further if this happens and that would obviously be a big disappointment. Besides, I don’t really think that you can travel without an ID or international passport. Anyway, I still need to check this. So write this on a checklist and draw a big fat exclamation stabbing behind.
Did you tell the bank?
If you plan to use your credit card abroad, then I advise you to report it to your bank. If you don’t do this, your bank can block it with no problem because they think it’s a robbery.
Is there someone housesitting?
Also not unimportant is the safety of your home. You’ll shoot a lot of photos on travel and nowadays place them often on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. But remember that many people will see your photos (with or without tags). And some even have bad intentions. Consider why it might be a good idea to let reliable people housesit your home. Everything for the safety, right?
Did you make a route?
This question really depends on how adventurous you are. But I think it’s still advisable to have a schedule at hand. I’m quite a perfectionist. That’s why I have to know where I sleep, where I go to eat, what the distance from the airport to the hotel is and the hotel to the city center. I’m terribly frustrated when I don’t know this all. That’s why I make sure, months or weeks before the trip, that I make a schedule. Beautiful scheduled, however; with free time (because you can’t outline everything, right?).
I have experienced this many times: going through the airport security on the way to the plane. Wait for about a hour and then, we finally board. Where many people are afraid of, I absolutely love it: the airplane rises. And I sit there with my camera; ready to shoot a beautiful picture. But then I get this message: memory card is full. Goodbye beautiful shot of tiny houses and landscapes and hello hundreds of pictures that I just didn’t upload on my macbook.
Did you book a travel insurance?
Travel insurance, which is quite a sensitive subject here. The one thinks it’s a great thing, the other don’t want anything to do with it: a lot of money wasted if nothing happens! But imagine that something indeed happens? We shouldn’t assume it of course, but it can. And then you want to be best prepared. Anyway, it shouldn’t always happen at your destination: it also can happen at your home country. For example, a death, an illness, etc. Take the insurance that you think you need and it will save a lot of money in the end.
What do you ask yourself when going abroad (or on a citytrip in your home country)?