3 things to do now to prep for future travel
It’s been a long year of staying home. Travel still may feel like a dream that we won’t be able to return to anytime soon- but I think things will be changing for the better quickly now that vaccines are being rolled out.
Here are 3 things you can do now to prep for future travels, whether you’re traveling internationally or not.
ONE: FIND & CHECK YOUR PASSPORT
As soon as international travel opens even just a little bit, the Passport offices are going to be slammed. Get a head start and find your passport now and double check the details.
Check the following:
- Expiration date
- Name accuracy (also make sure your name on your airline ticket matches the passport exactly)
- Plenty of empty pages
If you are a US citizen, check the US State Department website here to get all the info you need for updating your passport.
I also always recommend travelers register for the STEP program (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) before their international trips in case of emergency.
TWO: PREP YOUR TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
- Pull out your suitcase & other assorted travel gear like carry-on bags, liquids bags, neck pillow etc. Check if they’re in good shape, and update if needed.
- Organize & replenish your international outlet plugs, power cords, travel laundry kit and/or first aid supplies etc.
- Create or refresh your long haul flight survival kit.
Put all of these together, so you are ready when travel begins again! (or at the very least, keep your small travel accessories organized & together in a drawer- ready to grab & go!)
THREE: REDEFINE YOUR WHY & PLAN ACCORDINGLY
Forgive me for getting all woo on you- but if the past year has taught us anything- it’s that living in the moment counts. Experiences matter. Human connection is key to a life well lived.
As you begin to plan, consider each part of your travel plans and what the affect is on the local economy you are visiting. By re-thinking why you are traveling and what you want to experience– you can help re-invigorate the local economy that has suffered so terribly this past year.
Most of us want to travel to connect with new people, places & experiences. Here are some easy ways to do just that on your next trip.
- Choose local guides, small family owned restaurants and lodging.
- Book direct whenever possible- this is an easy way to help each small business by putting all the money directly into their hands, and not giving a huge commercial enterprise a cut.
- Educate yourself on the local customs, language, foods & celebrations so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest!
Read more travel tips:
Italy Travel Planning Timeline (what it is & why you need one)