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Traveling abroad checklist: Things to do before leaving your country

Traveling abroad is without a doubt, an incredible experience. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, or whether it’s a 30 minute flight to the UK or a long haul flight down under, it’s important that you are properly prepared for your trip. There is a lot to be said for good preparation and to never underestimate the effort that goes into travelling abroad.

Simply put, the perfect trip happen overnight. So if you want a hassle-free experience, you need to ensure that some things are set in motion even before you leave for the airport.

In this guide, we take a look at some of the most important components that make up a stress free, well planned trip abroad.

Book your accommodation

It is highly recommended that you book accommodation well in advance of your trip. The vast majority of hotel, hostel and other accommodation booking sites allow you to make a pay later booking, where you book a room now but do not pay the fee until you arrive at the property. If you were to cancel your booking, you usually will not be charged a cancellation fee unless you are within a week of your stay.

Ahead of your trip, be sure to spend some time browsing the accommodation options in the city you are visiting. That way, once you touch down at the airport, you can be brought straight to your accommodation without any worry.

Get your ground travel plans ready

Another important thing you have to do before leaving your country is getting a car hire or rental service if necessary. Upon arriving at the airport, you’ll definitely need a car to transport you and your luggage to your final destination. If you do not plan on doing much moving around when you arrive at your destination, then a taxi from the airport could be the best option for you. But if your accommodation is a long stretch from the airport, or your planning a road trip, be sure to check out the best rates and availability of local car rental services

To avoid any hold ups at the airport, always check online for the car hire services operating around the airport you are flying into, and if you can, book in advance of travelling. There will be a number of different rental companies at the airport, so be sure to read online reviews before signing a contract with one.

For example, if you are travelling to Dublin Airport in the Republic of Ireland. You will see many Car hire Dublin airport services operating in the region on the internet.

Order currency from the bank

Getting around your new country will certainly require money. And as you might expect, the currency being spent in the country you're headed might be different from your native currency. It is advised that if you are looking to purchase currency in advance of your trip, to do it at your local bank or post office for the best rates, as fees charged for currency exchange in airports are extortionately high.

Inform your bank

Back to the bank! It is highly important that you alert your financial institution about your travel plans so that they can put a travel notice on your debit and credit cards. This is so important because sometimes some banks might freeze your account once you're out of their local jurisdiction and might require a s*pecial kind of "pass" to allow you to use their service in another country.

Check your passport

You won’t believe that a staggering 23% of travelers sometimes forget to check their passport’s expiry date before processing their travel plans? This is particularly common with seasoned travelers, many of whom inadvertently assume that their passports are good to go.

Don’t be like them! Take a minute to go into your room and check your passport’s expiry date. When you’re done, you can come back to read this.

Research how to get from the airport to the hotel

Let’s say the hotel your team has booked for you is located in Killarney, Ireland. But your plane would be touching down at Shannon Airport. Without first researching the distance and routes between the airport and hotel, you might have a difficult time getting around. This is why it is highly advisable that you check out all the possible routes you can follow to move from the airport to your final destination.

Thankfully, there’s Google Maps to help you, so navigating using a Car Rental Shannon Airport service from your airport to the hotel should be a piece of cake.

Double-check your baggage allowance on the plane

As trivial as the thought of weighing your handbags, backpacks, and carry-ons might sound, it is one of the first few things you want to do when you’re leaving home. But without first checking what the allowance on the plane would be, there is no way you would know what weight of carry-on is actually accepted on that particular plane. Airlines often charge large fees if your bag is overweight, some airlines charge more than others. So before you leave home, be sure to double-check the baggage requirements of the airline you're traveling with. Never assume that all airlines have the same baggage allowance requirements because they don't. 

Take necessary safety precautions

In this unprecedented time, make sure you keep yourself, and those around you safe by taking the proper measures of containing the spread of Covid-19. It is advised that you wear a face mask when walking through the airport, and there are hand sanitiser dispensers located all over airports to keep your hands clean and killing any potential virus bacteria. Many airlines are enforcing the wearing of masks on their flights, so be sure to check with them before you travel, and to be safe, please wear a mask. Give yourself plenty of time to get through the airport, as although the number of people travelling is down, the number of people working at the security queues is also down to allow for social distancing.