Want to plan your perfect trip? Keep reading to find out how
The idea of travelling utterly excites me in every which form and I take as much pleasure in arranging and planning a trip as I do when actually travelling. Trust me a badly planned trip is the difference between good and painful memories BUT an overly planned trip will dissuade you from going on the next one so exercise caution and while I recommend planning your holidays right, I steer clear of overdoing it…
Now I usually have a checklist once I have some idea where I want to go and it usually starts with checking my documents and Visa.
Passport and Visa Checks
The very first step is to check if you require a visa to travel to your destination and if your passport or documentation is valid for the dates. A lot of countries will require you to have your passport valid for 3 to 6 months AFTER you have come back from the trip so make sure your passport or ID card is not nearing expiry.
If you are going to be driving add the Driving Licence to the list of documents. It is also good to carry because it is easier as ID than carrying your passport everywhere.
You can check the visa status and requirements from the consulate or embassy of the country in your country. The websites either have relevant information or will point you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs websites that will have the information.
If you are still unsure drop them an email for confirmation and the last resort is a call.
Tip: If I do not need a visa, I still drop an email to the relevant country’s consulate asking for confirmation. You will be surprised how much time it has saved me on the airports at airline counters and it also makes sure you have the most up-t-date information because sometimes the websites do not have all the relevant information.
If you do need a visa I suggest getting it ASAP so you have the freedom to plan your trip.
The world is increasingly becoming unsafe… in our minds! With media-bashing countries and stereotyping people freak out about safety while travelling and while some of them are genuine concerns, mo