Are you planning on travelling out of the country? Looking to visit your family or flying south for a vacation? 

Vacations are for reducing stress. It should be fun and relaxing. Things can happen to make it a stressful experience.You’re not able to control weather or flight delays. However, you can make your trip a lot more memorable and most importantly stress-free. 

Here are 5 tips before travelling:

1. Passport 

You should make sure your passport is up to date. Many countries require that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. It’s recommended that you renew your passport no less than 9 months before it’s set to expire. Click here for more information on how to renew your passport. 

You should bring copies of your passport when you’re travelling out of the country. You’ll want to be sure you can prove your citizenship just in case your passport gets lost or stolen. In addition, you should also leave a copy of your passport at home with someone you trust. 

2. Money

You should call your bank to make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re travelling to. Not every place takes credit cards you should always have local cash too. Keep in mind that some countries require travellers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. 

3. Luggage 

Sometimes, things happen. The airline may lose your luggage. So you should always pack a set of clothes in your carry-on. Don’t forget to bring small snacks because eating in a foreign country can become a task. You should also check what your airline’s rules are to avoid any fees. 

4. Research 

You should do some local research before you travel out of the country. Research events like festivals and ceremonies, as well as a couple of national dishes to try. 

5. Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is very, very important. This will ensure you’re protected on your next vacation, just in case you become sick or get injured. There are also other benefits such as coverage illness, lost luggage, trip cancellation, accidental death, and medical evacuation.