Pre-research your travel destination

April 15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. April 15, 2010/ Troy Media/ — Traveling to foreign parts? Then don’t forget to do some pre-travel research before you head off to your flight.

Don’t rely on strangers to tell you what to see, where to go and how to get there. You’ll need at least a rudimentary idea about the place your are visiting.

Unfortunately, many of you put off conducting a research because you don’t know where to begin and have no idea what exactly it is you are researching. So, to help with this conundrum, here is some essential information any traveler needs to know before going on a trip:

Security alert!

Know where you are going. I know, that sounds silly, but while you may know the name of your destination and you know where it is on the map (do you?), what else do you know about it? First, check out your country’s security alert on your destination. Is it safe to go there? If it is, find out about the entry requirements. Do you need a visa? What are the requirements? What other travel documents do you have to prepare?

When all these questions are settled, find out about the weather forecast for your destination to know what type of clothes to pack. You do not want to end up wearing a tank top and jeans in sub-zero weather. Next, find out about the common tourist traps in the area so that you will not be caught unaware once you get there. Learning a few basic phrases of their language will also come handy.

As a safety measure, you want to know the common types of diseases in the area, so that you can take preventive actions to avoid picking any up in your trip. Check with your doctor and find out if there are any vaccination shots or any medications you need to take before and after your departure.

If you’ll be bringing along some gadgets and gizmos, find out the electrical outlets available in your country of destination. You might need an adapter and you’ll be glad to know beforehand.

Special driving permit?

If you plan on getting a rental car once you get there, do some research on their driving requirements. Will your driving license be sufficient or do you need to get a special permit for it? Prior knowledge of the road conditions and basic travel roads is also essential.

Planning on doing some shopping? Do some research about the local prices of the items you are planning on purchasing. This will allow you to set your budget and avoid being ripped-off by local vendors. It’ll also give you an idea on how far you can go at haggling.

Finally, if you are planning to visit historical sites, make sure you know the local holidays and find out if the sites will be closed during those times. You would not want to end up facing a bolted door when you get to your destination.

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