Tips for resuming international travel
JThere’s no doubt that the lack of international travel during the pandemic has been a cause of frustration for many of us, and while it has been necessary, many of us have missed vacations around the world. Now that the world is open for business again, many of you will be planning big trips this summer, and we have a few tips to keep in mind that will help you get back on track.
Before you fly, here are a few things to remember.
Send money abroad
Obtaining foreign currency is risky considering the amount you will have on you, and there is no doubt that avoiding the use of an ATM is a positive decision – withdrawal fees are exorbitant. To avoid these two situations, use the Ria money transfer app and send money from your bank to a local collection point in your destination country. Ria operates in 165 countries and has over 500,000 partner sites where you can withdraw your money. It’s the cheapest, fastest, safest and most convenient way to get your foreign currencies.
Covid rules check
Every country apparently has different requirements when it comes to Covid protocols, so make sure you’ve checked them all before you leave home. In some cases you need to be vaccinated and have proof, in others you may need to self-isolate for a few days upon arrival and even the mask wearing policy will be important to understand. Make sure you go there with your eyes open so you can meet all the stated requirements.
Another important factor to keep in mind here is that a large number of businesses around the world have been forced to close permanently during the pandemic, especially those that depended on tourism. If you’ve found an activity or experience you’d like to do at your destination, be sure to investigate online to make sure it’s still in operation. Travel brochures and tourist guides designed before the pandemic may still feature these businesses, which is why you need to go the extra mile and check that they are still working.
We can’t ignore the fact that the pandemic has made a lot of people worse off and that the inflation we are seeing right now – most likely due to the pandemic – has led to huge price increases. It’s important that you keep this in mind when setting a budget because your money isn’t going to stretch as far as it used to. You can find a number of resources online that will give you an indication of local prices, use these when calculating how much money to take home.
Considering what we’ve all been through, being able to travel again is wonderful, be sure to follow these tips before you go, so the trip goes smoothly.