Prepare the Necessary Documents
There are several steps to take before you leave for a trip abroad that will help you in case of a problem. First, make sure your passport is signed and your emergency contact information in it is accurate. Then, make copies of your passport, photo ID, and itineraries to give to trusted family members and friends. Next, put your passport, visas, itinerary, tickets, and any other documents from your travel agent into a folder or designated pocket where they will be safe.
Look into Travel Programs
The U.S. government offers the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which is designed to assist travelers in case of any emergencies. You can sign up for free online. In addition, consider the benefits of purchasing traveler’s insurance to protect you against several problematic events. You can get this insurance through your travel agency. You should also call your health insurance company and learn the details of your coverage when overseas.
Do research on the location you’re traveling to and understand what to expect from the locals, the weather, and the culture. Be sure to find comfortable clothes that are appropriate for the local climate and culture. If your travel plans are taking you to a location where pickpocketing is a concern, talk to your travel agent about finding a money belt, detachable pocket, or other safe hold for your passport and money.
If you are getting ready for an exciting trip abroad, follow these tips from your travel agent for a smooth and stress-free trip. At Brentwood Travel, we have been assisting St. Louis residents with their travels abroad for more than five decades. Let our travel agents help you plan your next vacation by calling (314) 488-2100.