Checklist for International Travel – You Need to Have This

Ready to travel overseas? Prepare for your trip in advance and take the time to put together a comprehensive international travel checklist. This list will help make sure that you don’t forget anything when packing, and it will also ensure that you have everything ready before embarking on your journey. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

In this blog post I’ve listed the most essential items for your international travel checklist so that you can feel confident about what you need before leaving home.

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Your Passport

This is one of the most important documents to bring with you on your travels. Before leaving, make sure that it has not expired and leave a copy at home in case it gets lost or stolen. 

Since every country may have different requirements for entry, be careful about how many stamps are left inside; these might affect its validity! Remember also which countries require visas (and, if necessary, apply). 

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Authorisation Documents 

To verify your identity when needed, such as at a border crossing, you need your passport (if you have one, and a valid driver’s license or other official photo ID card. You also need a list of all the countries that you’ve visited in the past ten years. This can be used to prove both where and when you were last abroad. 

It is also good if someone asks why you want to go somewhere specific: it goes back to “Just ask” above. You’ll need these for visas and permits so that they may require proof of: dates of travel outside a specific country over the previous 24 months and the purpose of each trip including details about who was with you on your travels, specifically any organisations involved with criminal activity, terrorism or organised crime 

Your authorisation documents should include some form of identification and a letter from your employer if you have one. You’ll need this documentation to obtain entry visas or travel permits in the countries on your itinerary. 

Besides, you should ensure you keep up to date with the latest travelling information and documents to avoid travelling issues. If you are travelling to Europe, you can keep up with the latest travel information by clicking here

Money (Debit or Credit Cards)

This is an essential thing to have. If you are travelling, you should bring money to pay for things like food and hostel fees. Also, if something happens, having cash on hand will be your best bet against getting ripped off by the people who are supposed to help you.

Carrying money in your wallet is always a good idea. If you do not, some severe problems will arise when trying to purchase things or getting into clubs and bars. Credit cards sometimes attract more attention than debit cards because of the limits involved with credit versus cash withdrawal/purchase limits on bank accounts (and perhaps one has to sign for it). Carrying both might make sense depending on what type of trip you are taking.

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This can be prescription or over the counter medication. Be sure to make copies of your prescriptions and keep them in your luggage, and bring enough for the duration of your trip, even if you are running low on supplies at home. 

If you have any allergies that require specific treatment, then bring this with you too. It is always better to be safe than sorry! If certain medications cannot go through customs either due to laws or regulations, please carry a letter from the doctor explaining why it’s needed to understand what medical condition needs attention/treatment. 

This will help you avoid unnecessary delays upon arrival into another country where officials may not have access to an international drug database. You should also pack all necessary items in your carry-on luggage in case you lose your checked baggage.

Carrying your medication on international trips is a big part of your preparation. Make sure to carry them in their original packaging and label them with the contents, dosage directions and name of the person taking them. Don’t forget this includes having extra doses for unexpected delays.

Electronics and Their Chargers

Carrying your electronics is critical to stay in touch with the world when you are on holiday, but it’s of no use if you don’t have the needed chargers. So, make sure that you get all the necessary equipment for charging your devices while abroad before your departure date.

Self-Defence Equipment

This equipment can include pepper spray, a Taser or even mace. If you are travelling in a hazardous and potentially violent area, it might be best to take such precautions. Your safety should always come first when traveling. 

In conclusion, you must maintain a list of essentials to bring while travelling abroad. This should include your passport, authorisation documents, debit or credit cards, medications and toiletries. You may also want specific equipment for self-defence purposes depending on the type of travel you are doing.

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3 Myths about Australia that aren’t True

If you are planning to visit Australia once their lockdown ends, you may have been plagued by myths and legends of the scary nature of Australia. Australia is shrouded in so many funny, freaky and downright ridiculous myths that have actually put people off visiting the country in the past. 

Never fear, you’re about to find out 3 myths about Australia that aren’t true at all. Australia is full of quirks and amazing things to explore, so don’t be scared, and jump right into this myth-busting article!

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Myth #1: Australia is overrun with poisonous beasts.

If you think about it, the main concern most people have about Australia is the wildlife. Australia’s infamous bird eating spiders, great white sharks, dingoes, crocodiles and poisonous snakes have terrified people before they even enter the country itself. However, contrary to popular belief, most Australians live side by side with the array of fascinating beasts that are native to the country.

It’s good to do your research about the potentially dangerous wildlife in any country you visit, but don’t fall into an Internet black hole of scaremongering. It is unlikely you will encounter any dangerous wildlife in Australia’s cities; however, if you are camping in the outback, you might expect to meet some peculiar friends. Make sure you go with a guide and treat unknown creatures with caution – but don’t let the fear of encountering a tarantula ruin your entire trip!

Myth #2: Australia is huge and densely populated.

One half of this myth is true: Australia is huge. You could fit thirty two of the UK into Australia – it’s a truly humongous place. However, opposite to what some believe, Australia is not densely populated. Although it is thirty two times the landmass of the United Kingdom, Australia is home to only 25 million residents – that’s just over a third of the population of the UK. 

If you travel outside the main Australian cities, you will find that much of the country is, well, just country. You can drive for hours in Australia and encounter nothing at all; this can be eerie and refreshing all at the same time.

Myth #3: The only interesting places to visit in Australia are Melbourne and Sydney.

The Sydney Opera House is a sight to behold, but it isn’t the be-all and end-all of Australian sightseeing. There are other cities than Melbourne and Sydney to explore, such as Perth and Brisbane; plus, the wilderness of Australia is home to some of the most spectacular sights in all the world, including the Daintree Rainforest and the Uluru.

If you are interested in visiting Perth, a city in South Western Australia, click the link to find cheap car hire at Perth airport, so you can see the sights from your own privately hired vehicle!

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The stunning Sydney Opera House!

Don’t be put off by the scaremongers of the world; visiting Australia will give you memories that last a lifetime, with or without giant spiders! Find out more by speaking with your local travel agent about trips to Australia.

5 Best Places for a Caravan Holiday in Australia

Exploring Australia is the trip of a lifetime, with so many gorgeous destinations to see. Camping and caravan holidays give you the chance to have an authentic experience and get back to nature. If you’re looking for the best caravan parks in Australia, take a look at these.

1 . The BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park

The BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park is an award-winning holiday park located in Murray & Riverina, just along the Edward River. Accommodation options include caravan sites, camping, glamping, and villas. There’s plenty to do here including water sports, skiing, and mini-golf. Here you’ll also find a water park, barbecues, and plenty of beautiful surroundings to explore. The holiday park is located around 50 mins out of Echuca, and 3 hours away from Melbourne.

2. Marengo Holiday Park, Victoria 

The Marengo Park in Victoria is situated close to Great Ocean Road. As you can probably imagine, you get some stunning ocean views here! At this holiday park, you’ll find unpowered sites, yet there are a small number of campsites and cabins which are powered. Some of the site facilities include a playground, laundry block, camp kitchen, and a BBQ area. Visitors are free to bring dogs here, (just as long as they aren’t left unattended, and stay on a leash).

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3. Sea VU Caravan Park

Sea VU Caravan Park is situated in the town of Robe, south of the beautiful Limestone Coast. The park is located close to Adeline, here you’ll get glorious views across the Guichan Bay. At the park, you’ll find powered sites or cabins with views of the ocean. There’s also a camp kitchen and a playground for the little ones. Sea VU Caravan park is close to both the town and the beach, so you can explore or relax as you please. There are so many things to do at Sea Vu from boating and biking to swimming, shopping, and dining out.

4. North Star Holiday Resort

The North Star Holiday Resort is located along the Tweed Coast, around half an hour north from Byron Bay. Set in the heart of the national park, the North Star covers 10 hectares of beautiful trees and gardens. There are playgrounds and pools, and plenty of fun kid’s activities. You’ll be close to the beach, so parents have a beautiful place to relax too! If you’re looking for a cheap holiday, caravan parks are the way to go.

5. NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park

The NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park is in the stunning Tasman Peninsula. Here you can explore the famous historic site of Port Arthur, plus plenty more gorgeous natural attractions. The park includes several different types of accommodation, including cabins, powered sites, and unpowered sites. Caravan sites include parking areas, fireplaces, sullage facilities, and freshwater.

These amazing sites are some of the best places to visit in Australia. There are plenty of benefits to going on caravan holidays, you’ll get to experience the great outdoors and choose from a variety of wonderful destinations. Caravan holidays are not too expensive, so you don’t have to spend lots of money. If you’re looking for a new caravan, take a look at nova caravans for sale.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x

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How to Stay Occupied When You Can’t Travel

When you love to travel, having your planned trips put on hold can be incredibly frustrating. Not knowing when you will be able to go abroad again can leave you with itchy feet and feeling restless. While some foreign travel has now resumed, there is still a lot of uncertainty, last-minute changes, and confusing advice to follow. If you want to stay occupied until you can start exploring the world again, why not give some of these ideas a try?

Take Up A New Hobby

Hobbies are an excellent way to keep busy. If you have interests you have always wanted to try but have never got round to making this possible, this could be the ideal time to do it. There are tonnes of hobbies to try, from creative activities like painting and sewing to outside activities such as gardening and hiking. Although starting a new hobby may not hold the same level of anticipation and excitement as visiting another country, it is certainly a great way to try something different and develop some new skills in the process.

Get Active

Taking up sports, especially team sports, can be a great way to feel part of something and fill the gap left by your usual travels abroad. Being in a sports team will help you burn off some restless energy, relieve your stress, and bring new excitement and focus to your life. When you are part of a team, this brings a fun social element too, so there will be opportunities to meet new people, which you may miss if you are used to exploring new places. If there are no sports teams in your area, you could look for like-minded people keen to join a team. Choosing a team kit can be a lot of fun, too; think of it as the chance to design PE kits you would have been happy to wear at school! Then you just need to start training together and decide on your team name.

Make Detailed Travel Plans for the Future

If you want to stay busy but can’t get travel out of your mind, why not start making detailed plans for your future trips? Planning the ultimate trip is a great way to indulge your love of all things travel-related. With time on your hands, you will be able to sit down and work out an itinerary dreams are made of! Plus, you will have plenty to look forward to when travel restrictions are fully lifted.

Create a Travel Journal

Looking back on your past trips and creating a lasting memento of them can be a lot of fun. Gathering your photos and souvenirs is a great way to remind yourself of all the places you have visited. If you have loads of pictures on your phone that you have never got round to sorting out, why not get some of these printed and put them in frames or create a travel journal filled with tales and photos of your adventures.

Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x

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How Travel Can Further Your Education

One of the best things about travel is that it can help you fulfill your needs and open you up to new experiences. While some might travel simply to find the most gorgeous places to relax, there are others who are focusing on their career and educational development and want to further their goals through travel.

So, in this blog I list some of the ways travel can further your education.

Travel teaches you life skills

Soft skills matter just as much in the working world as anything else. In my opinion, one of the best things about travelling, especially without any parental or responsible figures around, is that it teaches a variety of life skills. Organisation, time management, navigation, and even safe travel can all help you become a more confident and competent person. You can learn even more if you volunteer abroad since your trip revolves around using and developing specific professional skills.

Travel teaches you to engage with local history and culture

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No matter where you go, the local area is going to be steeped in history and culture for you to learn about, helping you enrich your experience there, broaden your horizon, and come home knowing a little more than you did before. If you partner with a student travel company, you’re even more likely to find those culturally and historically rich destinations that have the most to teach. However, you need to pay attention and make sure you’re spending time on the attractions that offer that educational value, such as museums and galleries.

Travel will help you develop social skills and confidence

In order to make your trip a little less lonely, you may very well feel encouraged to meet some people while travelling, be it at a hostel, local bar, or otherwise. Meeting other travellers gives you the opportunity to experience all kinds of different perspectives. However, it can also help you develop social skills. When you’re out there alone, you might find yourself more willing to open conversations with strangers, which can help you become more confident and communicative. Of course, always keep your travel safety in mind and always meet in public places.

You might even pick up a new language on your travels

Now, this very much depends on you, your destination, and how long you are staying or how often you are visiting. However, if you are trying to learn a language, then one of the best ways is to immerse yourself in that language as much as possible and there are few better ways to do that than to spend time where that language is primarily spoken around the clock. You don’t automatically pick it up, but with a little effort, it becomes much easier than simply learning it alone at home.

Travel is an inherently educational hobby, even when you don’t necessarily mean for it to be. Hopefully, the points above show you how to get a little more educational value out of any future trips you take, or how to take trips that maximize the educational potential for you.

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