Checklist: Visit a New Country Like a Pro


Countries differ from each other, duh. Travelling from one city to another isn’t much of a hassle, unlike going to a country for the first time. Many things need to be checked and approved before leaving your home town. Travelling is a joyful and certainly most exciting period of time. Common mistakes travellers make when travelling is that: they tend to do less research when trying to travel. It is a necessity that you check all the information you can gather before leaving your home country to avoid any unnecessary surprises on the way.

But a lot of people fail to plan a perfect trip. Most of the time a visa becomes one of the most problematic situations. Many countries believe in the visa regulation and you may not be allowed to see a certain country because of a visa permit. We are all excited about exploring and seeing a new place for the first time, but what many people have a lot in common is by not checking off a lot of the unexceptional things.

Go online and search for the best affordable accommodation before booking for a ticket is necessary and important. Accommodation vary and are highly not available at your requested time and day. Rather follow up with some accommodation agency and see which days are available and which ones are not, so that you can always look at the flight date.

Most people have a way of wanting to travel and not clear it up with flight-centres. What happens is that they are able to afford everything, but they get mixed-up with their flight numbers/time and end up getting at the airport way too late after their check-ins. It is said that it is cheaper to use a travel agent rather then book everything yourself. A lot of mistakes happen and booking through your agent a lot of those problems are rectified without you actually being responsible for it.

Recommended vaccinations will be advised if it happens the country needs it. But a clear yellow card immigration will always be a necessity to keep by you when visiting any country. Suggestion is that you check-in with your doctor to see if there is anything you need to vaccinate or get prescriptions for. This is to prevent unnecessary allergies or infections. The world health organisation is able to assist you with this type of information and how to go about preventing yourself and the one next to you when travelling.

Visa and passport:
The most important and strict document/book that is needed from you when visiting any country is a passport. Although most countries are not really strict about visas, but visas are commonly done at your country before heading out to a new country. Always make sure that a copy of your passport has been done, in-case it may happen that your passport gets lost or stolen in a foreign country. By this, at least you have valid proof for your citizenship.

Places to see:
Most travellers become more inquisitive about a place that has been seen on the net/social media and/or been heard on radio. If the place is visited by a lot of people, then it will be the more in demand. Most people want to be at a place that has a high recommendations from trusted people and in this case, they too want to experience or live in that moment.
The check-ins and check-out are done as soon as you leave the airport. Checking when is it the best suited time to visit when approaching a new country will be recommended. If you are visiting for a personal purpose then I suggest checking the forecast before you get here, in order to explore all the entertainment fields without being obstructed by the weather. But always make sure to carry at least a heavy coat just in case.

In terms of a business visit, you really don’t have a choice as business is business, and personally I would say that you would rather hope that you work for a summer time business period so you can also do a last minute viewing.

Currencies are tricky and confusing at times. Make sure to at least do a currency exchange from your country before boarding the plane, so at least when you arrive in a new country it doesn’t become too difficult for you to get access to restaurants or entertainment venues. Also research what time the banks operate so you have a clear understanding of where and what time to exchange your foreign money.

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About Author

Lorraine is a South African based junior journalist with Nomad Africa magazine published by 2414 Publishing (Pty) Limited. She is very passionate about travelling and a lover of the African culture. Lorraine had a Diploma in Journalism from Rosebank College in Johannesburg, South Africa and worked as an intern with The Star Newspaper. Fluent in English and other South African languages she is very eager to learn about new cultures and traditions. Though she is still very new in the industry, Lorraine is vibrant and energetic for new travelling experiences.

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