I was kind of surprised to learn that only 5% of Americans travel abroad each year. I know that all of my siblings have been out of the country. I was the last one that hadn’t been abroad until last February. And I’m now kind of hoping that it won’t be my last time out of the United States either. Today let’s look at some things you will need to do before leaving the country for the first time.
- One of the first things you will need to do is to get a passport. I know I have written whole blog posts about this before. But basically what you need to do is to go down to the post office and follow the steps they have to get a passport. You will have some fees to pay, and it’s usually best to get your pictures taken at local drug store. You should also keep in mind that it usually takes four to six weeks for this process to be completed.
- You should also figure out if you are going to need a visa to enter your desired destination. Visas can get pretty complicated, and often require you to pay fees, and some might be under the table. Mostly they are going to want you to gather a lot of paperwork or them to allow you into their country.
- And that raise a very good question. Where do you want to go on your first big trip? Some people want to visit where their ancestors came from. Others want to visit a place they’ve learned about through a book or movie. Still others have friends they met online that they want to visit? Deciding where you want to go is important and will let you know what all you will need to do. Looking your country up online will provide you with a list of everything you will need to do before your trip. Looking it up will also give you a feel of what you want to do once you get there.
- Using a credit card abroad makes life a lot less complicated. But of course, you will want to make sure exactly what the deal is with the charge card. Do they have a fee when you charge abroad? And do let them know where you are going and when so that they will know to accept the charges. You will want to keep an eye on your card at all times. Try to carry about a hundred dollars with you at all times in case a merchant does not accept credit.
Have you ever been out of the country? I would love to know your experiences.