5 things you should do before travelling abroad

Travelling internationally can be a little different than travelling domestically. While visiting another country is an exciting adventure, it also can be a different world. There are lots of rules and regulations associated with other countries, and it’s important to be prepared for anything. Researching your destination and learning what the country expects of visitors can help you get ready for your trip. Regardless of where you decide to go, there are a few essential tasks you should complete. Consider these five activities before travelling internationally.

1. Cover your finances
If you’re planning on taking a longer trip, it’s important you pay any bills that will be due while you’re gone. If you’re planning to bring credit cards overseas with you, inform your card provider where you will be travelling. Otherwise, they may think the spending is suspicious and could possibly freeze your card. Contacting your bank and paying any bills early will ensure that you don’t have any financing issues overseas.

2. Make sure your visa and passport are updated
As soon as you leave the country, you’ll need to identify yourself with a passport and possibly a visa. Many countries ask that your passport be valid for at least six months after you return. So, it’s best that you renew your passport nine months before it’s set to expire. If your passport is going to expire, visit Passport Canada’s website to find a location nearest you where you can renew. It’s important to remember that passports take more than one day to renew. Make sure you give yourself ample time before your trip.

3. Research travel warnings
Certain countries may be safer than others to visit. Luckily, you can find out about the political climate of your destination as well as discover any travel issues by visiting the Canadian government’s travelling advisory Web pages. Sometimes the issues may only last a few days while other times they could be more long term.

4. Register your cell phone
Some people want to use their cell phone overseas. If you plan to bring your phone with you abroad, you need to speak to your service provider about roaming plans. Otherwise, you could get charged large sums of money for making long-distance calls and using data on your phone. Find out what plan will work best for you based on the duration of your trip, and inform the provider of your departure and return dates.

5. Get adapters
Many countries run at different voltages than the ones you are used to in Canada. If you aren’t careful, you could break any electric items you bring with you or break the outlet. If you’re travelling for business, you’ll most likely need a charged laptop and cell phone at all times. Make sure you have the proper adapters to keep your devices fully charged, Travel Zoo stated. Luckily, most of these tech products are budget-friendly.