Documents You Need for World Travel
If you’re heading out through that front door with a laptop under one arm and a plan to live and work abroad for the next few years, then you’re probably filled with a mixture of excitement and of trepidation.
Will you be able to afford the travel? Will you miss home too much? What happens if you lose your laptop? What happens if you get ill? Were all the plugs turned off?
And that’s before you think about all of the documents you need before you set off too! This list will help you ensure that you at least have all the necessary paperwork in order…
You’ll probably have booked at least a few things before you set off on your travels. That will likely include some hotels and maybe a flight or two. You may even have booked trips around certain landmarks etc.
Make sure that you have all the confirmation paperwork before you set off so that you can confidently present it when you get to the counter. This will save you a lot of stress! Keeping your confirmation numbers stored and in reach makes checking in and getting on board pleasant!
We could discuss for another 500 words, (and probably will very soon!) some of the fantastic travel apps on the market, for booking flights, hotels, and keeping track of all those confirmation numbers. Whatever application or list you keep, be sure to have it with you to save yourself hassles and long lines.
Insurance and Proof
Travel and health insurance that will protect you abroad is extremely important. ALthough you may not know, most credit cards actually have some type of travel insurance! So check your terms and conditions and take advantage of those travel benefits! They do call them “perks,” right?
This may seem obvious but, here’s the important part.
Do check that it has at least 6 months longer,than you intend to travel!
If your passport expires in 3 months, then some places won’t let you travel. And seeing as you could be gone for two years or longer in some cases, this is something you definitely need to check!
ALWAYS keep a full color photocopy of your passport with you. This will come in more than valuable if your ID or passport gets stolen!
While not a requirement always, it’s a good idea to have a secondary form of ID, and leave a photocopy of both identification documents with a trusted friend or family member back home. Should your id’s get stolen and your copies get red wine spilled all over them, someone can email, fax or snail mail copies to you in a pinch.
Some countries won’t let you enter without a visa, or won’t let you work/stay over a certain time. You need to research this before you go and apply early to avoid disappointment.