Subject: 11 Tips For Traveling Internationally
Traveling internationally is a rush once you go into it knowing what to do beforehand. Which is why in today’s article, I’m sharing with you 11 tips for traveling internationally.
Because whether you’re traveling internationally for vacation or looking to work remotely from outside of your country.
Each of these tips will help you.
11 Tips for Traveling Internationally
1) Visa Requirements
As an American or member of the EU, you’re used to being able to get in your car and drive anywhere within your country without any issues.
However, once you’ve left either of those places, the game changes. You will more than likely need a visa of some sort.
For some places, you don’t need one and can stay there for a certain amount of time before having to leave. On the other end, some countries require you to pay for a 30-90 day visa.
If you happen to enter a country that requires a visa without one? You will be stopped at the airport and told to leave.
Luckily, you can do a 10 second Google search. As an example, I will show you what I’d search for.
“Romania visa requirements for Americans”
From there you will see what’s required and the process you need to take in order for you to be able to travel there.
Usually you will get your visa processed within 24 hours if not sooner.
2) Get your Money sorted
As a golden rule for international travel, always come with cash. For me, I always enter with $250. Then I exchange it for the local currency upon landing at the airport. To do the same, just ask for the Currency Exchange.
On my travels, I’ve been in several situations where they didn’t accept debit.So be proactive and always have cash on hand.
3) Notify your bank
Before you leave your country, open up your banking mobile app, and notify them of the country you’re going to.
Otherwise, you will get there and your card will be blocked. I learned this the hard way when I first flew to Dubai.
I went to buy some water for a friend of mine and myself. It declined and I found out my bank had blocked it.
My friend’s card was blocked as well and he didn’t have any cash.
However since I had $250 on me, I exchanged it and we were able to get to our Airbnb. Save yourself the trouble and notify your bank.
It takes you 20 seconds and saves you from being stuck in a foreign airport.
UPDATE: As of September 8th, 2022 you no longer need to notify your bank for most banks.
4) Get a sim card at the airport
This isn’t required for people who have services such as T-Mobile and want to use their International packages.
As for me, I always get a sim card and load it with data (not minutes). This makes using any local services easy.
In most cases, you’ll spend $15-$50 for an ungodly amount of data. Ask anyone at the airport where to buy a sim card.
They’re always right on the outside after you’ve went through Immigration.
5) Getting around
When traveling abroad, avoid taxis in most cases. They’re dirty and depending on the country will overcharge you.
To fix this, simply download Uber, Bolt, or any of the other driving apps available.
This will give you a guaranteed, safe, and clean way to get around.
6) Building Friendships abroad
When traveling abroad if you’re doing it for more than a month, build friendships. Not only will it prevent you from getting homesick, you never know who you will meet.
I’ve made friends with Ambassadors, businessmen, and locals who can help me find all of the best spots.
Leverage local’s knowledge as much as possible instead of being that guy who just Google’s everything.
As a local is always 100% better than Googling the best spots to look for.
7) You will face yourself
Being abroad you will face yourself for better or worse. Especially if you spend weeks alone without any familiar places or faces around you.
Mentally prepare yourself to transform before leaving. Think and Go Hustle will help you reinvent yourself and take control of your mind.
Because the truth is that most people never face themselves. Instead, they stay around familiar faces and places. Leaving them in their comfort zones forever.
International travel will force you out of your comfort zone otherwise you will be miserable the entire time.
8) Travel Light
When traveling bring what you need, and nothing more. You don’t wanna be that guy waiting in baggage claim for his two suitcases.
When I pack, I fit everything into a backpack. This makes it easy to get around and keeps me mobile.
Do the same.
9) Take care of yourself
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of international travel. New sights, work to do, and adventures to go on.
However, don’t forget to take care of yourself. From hitting the gym to going out for a nice 2-hour massage.
10) Where to stay when traveling internationally
When I first began traveling internationally I stayed exclusively at Airbnbs. As they’re nice, affordable, and your host can be a great resource.
However, now that my freelancing business is doing well. I have changed up my strategy whenever I find a place I like.
What I do is either get an Airbnb or apartment and then book hotels throughout the country to explore different areas.
That way I’ve got my home base and then can see parts of the city/country I wouldn’t usually.
As always stick to your own budget, but once you’ve increased your income I recommend getting a home base then booking hotels.
Recommended Items to Pack
Here’s a quick list of recommended items to pack. As I said above, I fit everything I need inside of my backpack.
This makes moving around easier as you can just store you backpack on the floor or in the storage above your seat.
- $250 in Cash
- 3 nights of clothes
- Toothpaste/Tooth brush
- Passport/ID/Debit card/Visa
There you go my friend, you’ve got 11 tips for traveling internationally. Each of them will make your travels much better.
Taking away any overthinking so you can focus on exploring and enjoying whatever the country has to offer.
Until Next Time.