Much of my story in “The Portal” takes place in the desert. The Armstrongs, the Bolovichs, the O’Donnells, and the LaFarges have all made preparations as they get readied for the trip, which could take months as they head off on a wagon train.
Regardless of the length of your trip or where you are going, you can still benefit from some preparation. Here are some handy tips to keep in mind:
* Research your destination first. If you are traveling to a different country, learn about the local weather, the culture, and the location around your hotel first. That way, you can prevent getting lost or being potentially scammed.
* Keep documents and copies secure. Passports, identification cards, and bank statements should be kept in a secured folder. It also helps to make extra copies. This step is to ensure that during the immigration check, you are well-prepared and ready after a long flight.
* Make sure your money and supplies are plentiful. Call your bank and phone provider and inform them of your travel plans ahead of time. Certain companies may freeze up accounts if they suspect potential identity theft overseas, so keep that in mind.
* Keep contact details of your country’s nearest embassy office. Many countries often have embassies and consulates for visiting foreigners and the like. Make sure to keep note of their contact information just in case of any emergency.
* Consider travel insurance. One can never be too prepared, including your health and safety. Many traveling agencies often include travel insurance in their booking package. Still, it also helps to shop around for better deals. Make sure such insurance is acceptable in the foreign country and your own.
Traveling can be a great and exciting way to decompress. Regardless, one should always take the time to prepare things as early as a month before the scheduled trip. Stay safe!
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