Over the past week, I have been running around like a madwoman trying to get everything done. Who knew there would be so many loose ends to tie up! As a non-planner (I refuse to refer to myself as a procrastinator), I tend to leave things to the last minute. It’s a disease, I know.
Somewhere along the line, I’ve become a penny-pincher (not in extreme proportions, but frugal enough), and paying out money for things I don’t need, kills me, which is why I refuse to pay $50 for a travel shot consultation. It’s highway robbery.
Talking to your family doctor is a great place to start. They won’t have all of the answers, but it’s a good starting point. Travel reports are another great resource.
Insurance is one of those things that a lot of people sit on the fence about. Okay, it’s something I sit on the fence about. On one hand, I wonder if I ACTUALLY need it, or whether it’s a waste of money. On the other hand, I may need it and I’ll be over-the-moon-happy to discover I’m not forking out a lot of money out of my own pocket.
Finding cheap travel insurance is the key. Do your research before you buy & make sure you’ll have the proper coverage for your trip.
There is nothing worse than losing your wallet, passport or other travel documents, especially if you don’t have copies! I always make copies of my passport, visa and insurance information. Once your documents have been copied, make sure you keep them in a separate place from your REAL documents.
It’s always a good idea to leave a copy with family or a close friend before leaving home.
The BIG email
Although scanning and or copying your documents are important, writing the big email is just as, if not more important. It’s a time-consuming task, and as the hour’s tick by and departure fast approaches, it’s important that you make the time. I generally email the following:
- Itineraries- Airline, bus, or train. Basically, anything that has been booked and paid for.
- Hotel confirmations
- Embassy Info. – If your family is slightly paranoid, it helps. This way they know where to go should something happen in the country where you’ll be travelling.
- Scanned copies of your passport, visas, etc.
Before leaving home, It’s a good idea to send this email to family, as well as a close friend.
Once you’ve completed the above it’s time to relax and have some fun, well relax as much as you can!
Don’t get so wrapped up in your planning and preparation that you ignore the people around you. Take time to make memories with family and friends. As you travel there will be days when you’ll want to scream, and having fun memories to reflect on can help to ease the frustration.
The last few days before your trip are hectic. You’ll remember things you’ve forgotten or put off doing, you’ll have sleepless nights, you feel so anxious that you think your body will spontaneously combust. Take a step back and breath. Remember why you’re going and what you’ll be doing.