What You Need to Know When Traveling Abroad

Travel is basically the movement of humans between far off geographical areas. Travel can be performed by automobile, foot, boat, train, bus, plane, steamer or any other mode, with or without bags, to one point or round trip. Modern travel has brought us to places we thought we would never go, or that other cultures do not have. Today there are more people than ever traveling around the world for business and pleasure. The Internet has made it even easier to plan and travel.

There are many ways to travel during the week, but if you are traveling on a shoestring budget (and this is usually true after the first five to seven days), the best way to travel is by plane, train or automobile. Plan your travel route ahead of time and make your hotel reservations (if you are planning on driving). If you have travel insurance, get a coverall over-sized vehicle to use for the duration of your trip to protect your belongings from rain and the elements.

Bring with you: proof of immunization within five days of departure, a passport showing the right gender and name, a confirmation of your return flight and itinerary, a copy of your arrival/departure visa, three photo passport-sized copies, three colored pictures of passport photos, one copy of each, two travel brochures and three color traveler’s checks, in case you become sick while on the road. Bring with you: three months of pregnancy back rub, breast pump, artificial limb, emergency kit including tubes, needle, tweezer, nail clippers, safety kit with matches, screwdriver, blanket, pillow, jar of Vaseline, bandages, ointment or antiseptic for burns, scraped knees or elbows. Bring with you: antibacterial hand sanitizer, bandana, sunburn cream, sunscreen, lip balm, eye sun glasses, face sun block, bug spray, a round-the-clock phone line, emergency numbers including local police, fire department and ambulance, a blanket, a portable stove, water-proof bag, toiletries, toilet paper, lip balm, hand sanitizer or mints, a map, flashlight with extra batteries, and a first aid kit. You may also want to bring a camera, but not necessarily. Have a general idea of what you plan to do while you are there. A passport, however, is always useful if something goes wrong.

When boarding the airplane, check with the airline to be sure that they allow passengers to remove their shoes and socks, and that they allow passengers to take off their shoes at the security checkpoint. On the plane itself, passengers must keep shoes and socks on, even when buying another ticket. In some airports, passengers must quarantine themselves from the world for up to three hours after the plane lands, while the customs officials check their clothes and sanitize their bodies. Once the three-hour quarantine is over, passengers can then travel, but they must still keep their shoes and socks on.

On arrival, travelers must complete an immunization or series of immunizations in order to avoid catching any diseases. If travelers have not had their previous vaccinations or series of shots within three days of travel, they must complete these courses of treatment, which will stop them from spreading the disease to others. The only exceptions are those who would need to complete these courses without a lengthy delay. These vaccinations will be noted in the traveler’s immunization record and should be presented to the local authorities upon arrival.

Any medical emergency, including an allergy or viral infection, must be reported immediately to the nearest American Embassy. If the American Embassy cannot immediately respond, the health authorities in the country of origin should be contacted. All travelers arriving by plane should have proof of a positive rt-pcr test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If travelers have not arrived in the United States within the last three days, they must have proof of a negative rt-pcr test taken within two weeks of arriving, or else their visa will be denied.