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7 Helpful Tips for Traveling Internationally

By Team Tomorrow
Published July 28, 2021

60% of Americans who plan to travel this summer believe it will be more difficult this year than in previous years. They’re not wrong, especially when it comes to international travel planning. If you’re planning on leaving the US this season, here are a few helpful tips for traveling internationally:

Get Vaccinated

Most countries will require proof of vaccination, proof of recent recovery from COVID-19, or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival.

Countries like Iceland, for example, require you to take two additional COVID-19 tests upon arrival and on your fifth day of travel if you’re unvaccinated. Until you get that second negative test, you have to quarantine.

Getting vaccinated will allow you to enjoy your trip right away, instead of being five days confined to your hotel room. You may also be required to have a vaccine to enjoy some activities while traveling.

Save yourself the extra stress and get the vaccine. You’ll get to do more and be safer.

Register Your Trip

Register your trip online with the US Department of State’s STEP program. STEP, or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, is a free service that allows US citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

By enrolling in STEP, you will receive important information about the safety conditions of the country you are visiting. Also, the US Embassy can contact you in the event of an emergency. Enrolling it STEP also makes it easier for family and friends to contact you if there’s a home emergency.

Carry Multi-Purpose Gear

Pack multi-purpose gear if your international travel plans are more daring than docile. This gear may not be as fashion-forward, but it will help you adapt to weather conditions. Multi-purpose gear also saves you space in your travel bag, allowing you to pack lighter or take more with you.

Bring Back Up Credit Cards

Notify the banks you use you’re traveling abroad. If you don’t, your bank may view your purchase in Switzerland as suspicious and freeze your account.

Losing access to funds gets stressful quickly, so carry back up cards in just case. We can recommend a few of the best credit cards to take with you.

Carry Emergency Cash

Carry emergency cash in the appropriate currency of the country you’re visiting. Keep your emergency cash separate from the rest of your money. Tourists tend to make easier targets for robbers and scammers, so it never hurts to be prepared.

Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight

Don’t give anyone the motivation to want to rob or scam you. Avoid wearing excess jewelry or flashy accessories if you don’t need it. Don’t carry too much cash on you, and never leave your belongings unattended. Also, stay in well-lit areas and avoid walking by yourself at night, especially if you’re intoxicated.

Get Travel Insurance

It’s always a good idea to get travel insurance when traveling during a pandemic. Sites with companies on provide multiple benefits due to COVID-19, including:

  • Trip cancellation coverage
  • Trip interruption coverage
  • Emergency medical
  • Medical evacuation coverage
  • Lost baggage claims
  • ID theft resolution support
  • Access to a global network of doctors via phone or video

While prices vary, many travel insurance companies offer $250,000 or more in coverage to ensure you’re fully taken care of.

Final Tips for Traveling Internationally

Here are a few more quick tips for traveling internationally:

  • Book your rental car early – there’s currently a shortage in many parts of the world, including in the US
  • Book your flights and hotels early – as the travel industry is rebounding, prices are going up quickly
  • Know the guidelines of the country you’re visiting – you don’t want to be caught off-guard by unique restrictions that you didn’t research prior to traveling
  • Bring masks and hand sanitizer – many countries will have a mask mandate in indoor and public spaces

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