Travel can be hard and travel can be easy. The biggest problem is that travel is easy. We travel to different countries for their culture, to see new places and meet new people. But with travel comes a few problems of its own- one being that it’s so simple, that we don’t realise the hassle that goes into it until after we’ve finished our holiday. The essentials like hand sanitiser and bottled water is a given, but let’s take a look at the other basic items easily forgotten.
Travelling means you need documents.
If you lose or forget them while abroad, then travel quickly becomes difficult and stressful. Make sure to travel with copies of your travel insurance, passport, travel visa and any student cards or other documents that prove who you are, or at least make it easy for others to know. It’ll save a lot of time and stress if anything goes wrong.
When travelling somewhere, it may be fun to gain some local currency
Just be aware that you don’t want too much money at hand as this can be risky. A travel card is a great idea- if you’re a student, then make sure to travel with your student travel card, as most places offer discounts.
To travel somewhere can be dangerous
This is exactly the reason why travel insurance is important. It’ll help in case of injury, robbery or any other small problems you may encounter while travelling. One thing you do not want to do is trying to replace valuable items which broke or got stolen while backpacking through Europe.
When travelling somewhere, you’ll probably need to stay overnight.
Make sure to travel with a travel card and book travel accommodation at least two weeks in advance, ideally much earlier than that. If not, then make sure you have some cash available and remember travel hostels are cheap… but also remember they may be unkept.
To travel means we might get sick.
Proper vaccinations can help avoid getting sick while travelling abroad, so get those vaccines through your GP or travel clinic well ahead of time ,it is also possible to get them while travelling.
If you travel somewhere by car
Travel insurance may be able to cover you if your car gets stolen, damaged or lost. Accidents happen so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to read all the necessary waivers and regulations before driving off, at least then there wouldn’t be any nasty surprises when something unforeseen happens.
Travel also means water can get contaminated and food can become unhealthy
Make sure to keep tabs on what you eat while abroad, food poisoning is not fun. The local hospitals may not be up to your standard and in a foreign country they may not understand what you are trying to communicate to them. Be sure to have basic over-the-counter meds for stomach bugs, nausea and pain.
On the other hand, you may also gain weight while travelling, not that it’s something to worry about, it’s just something to keep in mind 🙂 Bon voyage!