Six Things You Need To Do Before You Globe Trot

For any trip that you take, good planning is the essential component to ensuring that it goes off without a hitch. Globetrotting is one of the biggest adventures that you could plan to be on, but you must be organized before you get going to make it the trip that you truly want. 

The last thing that you want to do is to get this part wrong. You are embarking on a once in a lifetime trip, and that requires a lot of research and planning for a stress-free experience. Let’s take a look at six things that you need to do before you get on that first plane!

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Check Your Travel Documents: You don’t need to know your passport number or the date it will expire, but you do need to know that it’s definitely in date for at least six months after you enter the first country you go to. You should make sure that you also have valid travel visas for any countries that require you to have them. The last thing that you want is to be removed for being illegal!

Organize Your Home Life: You may not work from home, but that doesn’t mean that your mail isn’t important. Get it all redirected (even if your trip is only six months!) and use an internet based postal box service instead. You can access your mail on the go and you’ll be able to keep up with any important communications while you’re away.

Get Vaccinated: Take the time to research the places that you plan to visit and learn whether you will need any additional vaccinations for those areas. This website can help you to learn which countries require vaccinations to be had or not.

Get Insured: Your travel insurance can make a difference as to whether you are out of pocket or not while you’re out in the world. If your luggage is lost, you have an injury, you miss your flight for whatever reason – you will need travel insurance. Make sure your insurance covers you from the moment your trip starts until it ends – just in case!

Set Up Work: Are you planning to work as you travel? You can set up remotely to be able to work anywhere you would like in the world. You can blog, you can write – as long as you have an internet connection, you can work anywhere you want to! You can – of course – choose to work on a field or a farm, but if you can kick back a little and work in your hotel rooms or in that little coffee shop on the corner, why not?

Prepare The Finances: You have months ahead of you for travelling. This means that you need to get your finances organized and a plan set up for how you are going to earn money while you travel. Get it set up early and you won’t have to worry while you’re flitting from place to place.

Tips for a Safe Vacation When Pregnant

Whether you are going on a babymoon or want to get away from city life, there is nothing wrong with taking a vacation during your pregnancy. In fact, a majority of women go on vacation during their nine-month of pregnancy. If you have a low-risk pregnancy, it is pretty safe to travel during pregnancy. Many parents want to take the opportunity to travel and relax before the exhausting time to take care of a newborn starts.

There are certain things that you need to keep in mind before you go ahead and book yourself and your partner Kerala tour packages or a package for an international destination for your vacation. Here are some of the tips that will allow you to be more comfortable and stay safe on vacation –

Time Your Vacation Right

It is always advised to go on vacation while pregnant during the second trimester. Most women suffer from nausea during the first trimester that can make it difficult to plan long trips. Also, most doctors advise against traveling during the third trimester, especially if you are having a risky pregnancy. However, if you have a healthy pregnancy, there is no reason why you cannot travel until the month to your due date.

Choose Your Destination Wisely

You need to pick something close to where you live so that you do not have to spend time on flights. Thus, it is best to choose a national package where you can arrive at your destination within a period of one to two hours flights. In addition, you should avoid visiting hill stations as they can take a toll on your health. The best option would be to a beach city where you can relax. You also need to ensure that you have access to safe drinking water, has good quality air, and there is no risk of foodborne diseases.

Apply Common Sense when Picking Activities

While it may sound stupid, it is important that you pick activities that will not put you at high risk such as waterskiing, scuba diving or park rides. You should not indulge in activities where there is any sudden acceleration or stops. You should also give saunas and hot tubs a miss as extreme heat can harm your baby. If you are not sure if an activity is good for you, you should consult with your doctor to find if an activity is safe for you.

Take Frequent Breaks

You might feel more tired than you usually do. Even if you feel active, it is best to take short breaks and not over-indulge. Your body will be working hard for the baby, and carrying the extra weight will be tough for you. So, there is nothing wrong in sitting down once in a while and put your feet up whenever you can. A small snack, some water, and a break can make you feel comfortable and allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Do not be embarrassed to ask the tour leader for a break and take some rest.

Eat Healthy Food

Traveling a great way to try out different cuisines, but when you are pregnant, it is important to take a few precautions. It is much easier to eat healthy food when you are traveling. You need to include more fruits and vegetables to your diet so that you can get more minerals and vitamins. It is also a good idea to pack healthy snacks that you can eat in case you do not get access to food that you like. It is also important to drink plenty of water so that you remain hydrated.

Carry a Medical Portfolio for Safety

It is essential that you travel with a medical portfolio so that if something goes wrong, the emergency responders will know what to expect and if you have any allergies. People around you should know that you are pregnant and about your health, if you are not in a position to speak. Always have the number of your doctor on speed dial so that you can reach out to him or her in case of an emergency.

When you go on vacation, you will find other people addressing your bump. People will treat you with extra kindness. Instead of being embarrassed, enjoy the attention and the pampering. Do not feel shy to accept seats or any help when offered to you. You and your partner will be able to have a fun and relaxing holiday with a few precautions. Once you return, you will feel refreshed and ready to take on the role of a new mom.

6 Planning Tips For Your Vacation Abroad

Traveling to another country on vacation can be a wonderful experience.  Travel broadens the mind and refreshes the spirit.

Choose an interesting place to go. Rather than settling on a well-known holiday destination, think outside the box. For instance, if you want a seaside vacation, consider an exotic location like Larnaca, a 6,000-year-old seaport in Cyprus. Next, determine how much money you will need, hunt for travel deals, and work and save for the trip.

Some things that you should take care of well before your intended trip include making sure that you stock your wallet, get your passport renewed, apply for any necessary visas, and get an International Driver’s License (if you intend to rent a car). You may also want to consider whether you should get Traveler’s Insurance, if you need to get any health shots and if you have enough prescriptions meds with you.

1. Decide how you’ll stock your wallet

Although traveler’s checks used to be a go-to solution when traveling, they can be problematic if you go to a less developed country. Getting cash in the foreign currency might be a problem, too, because you might have to take a large stack of notes, which increases the risk of theft. You might be better off taking a credit card and informing the issuer which country you’ll be visiting. This way, your card won’t be denied for suspicious activity when you make purchases from a foreign country.

Additionally, you have to consider what to do if your wallet is stolen. One simple solution is to have a family member send you money. If, for instance, you live in Australia, you can ask them to sign up for a Ria Money Transfer Australia account. They can then use this service to send you the amount you need in an emergency.

2. Renew your passport and apply for any necessary visas

Make sure your passport is up-to-date, valid for 6 months after your date of return. Renew it, if it’s set to expire. Next, see whether you will need a visa and find out where to get one. Make a photocopy of everything. If your passport is ever stolen, file a police report, go to the nearest embassy or consulate and fill out a statement about the theft and apply for a new passport. Carry your photocopies with you in your carry-all.

3. Apply for an International Driver’s License

If you are planning on renting a car, then also consider getting an International Driver’s License.

4. Decide on Travel Insurance

Travel insurance can provide protection should you have a medical emergency or trip interruption. But before you apply for this, make sure that there are no travel warnings and advisories about the country you’re planning on visiting. If they are, then you may not be able to get travel insurance.

5. Find out about Vaccinations

Find out about any required vaccination shots at least six weeks before you leave. These may be necessary if you’re traveling to a country where a disease is widespread. Also, find out about any dangers associated with drinking the local water.

6. Fill your Prescriptions

Take photocopies of your prescriptions and pack them separately from your non-prescription meds. You may also have to check to see these prescription drugs are legal in the destination country. Usually, this is not a problem, but it’s best to make sure that it’s not on a confiscation of prescription drugs list.

And if you need to use a syringe, then get a letter from your doctor about why you need to inject yourself. As you go through customs, be sure to declare your syringe.

Finally, get enough medicine to last your whole trip as it might be difficult to get a prescription refill when you’re abroad.

Plan Early

By planning ahead, you’ll enjoy a safe time abroad. The earlier you take these six steps the better.  If there are any delays in getting the required paperwork, it won’t interfere with your flight plans.

Waiting in the waiting room – A visit to doctor’s office

My daughters and I had our first visit to the doctor’s office in Tervuren, Belgium yesterday. Good thing the doctor is within walking distance, very close to my daughter’s school. Here (or at least with this doctor) you don’t need any appointment. Just show up at his door whenever you are sick and need some treatment. Ofcourse it has to be within his working hours…very convenient I thought.
When we got inside his office, I thought I would at least see a receptionist/clark/cashier…something. But here the doctor does everything all by himself. No need to carry your insurance card all the time. You just pay a small amount of cash (23 euros in our case), get a receipt and that’s it. Ofcourse we will file all the claims every few months to our insurance company for reimbusement.
Back in the states I always thought going to a doc’s office is a big deal. First you have to find a doctor within your network (depending on your insurance benefit), then you have to show up 5/10 minutes early, depending on the paperworks, bunch of forms that you have to fill out before you get the treatments, then stand in the line with your insurance card, pay the co-payment, sometimes doctor’s office will bill you if any portion of the claim wasn’t paid by the insurance company. Not to mention, you are never call inside the office right when you have the appointment time (never understood, why do they give us appoinments if they can’t keep it). But I thought in Belgium (or may be all over Europe) going to a docter is very hassel free and rather an easy process. Even though there is no appointment system, usually you will get to see the doctor within 30 minutes (usually a lot less) of your arrival. Another good thing is that same doctor will see our whole family…yeppie. No need to find multiple docters within our network. Never enjoyed going to a doctor before… 🙂

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