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A PRACTICAL TRAVEL RESOURCE GUIDE

Learn from Our Mistakes & Experience

By Ken Faught

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World travel is really exciting, but it can also be very intimidating for a lot of people. Trying to figure out what to pack, do I need a visa, where do I get a passport, where can I find the best deals on flights, who do I call if my flight is delayed, and so on, can be overwhelming at times. Over the years I have encountered a lot of travel issues, and I am a firm believe that you learn more from your mistakes than you do from your success. You see, every time I had some type of travel-related problem, I made sure that I took every precaution to prevent it from happening again. So, I developed this list to help you with your planning from day one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASSPORT

You will need a passport every time you travel internationally, and you want to make sure that it’s valid at least six months after you plan on returning home, otherwise some countries may not let you inside their boarder. They do this to prevent problems upon your return. To learn more you can check out THIS SITE Which is a link to the U.S. government’s website. For your convenience, I have copied and pasted their basic rules below and associated links:

You must apply in person using Form DS-11 if at least one (1) of the following is true:

  • You are applying for your first U.S. passport

  • You are under age 16

  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under age 16

  • Your previous U.S. passport was lost, stolen, or damaged

  • Your previous U.S. passport was issued more than 15 years ago

If none of the above statements apply to you, you may be eligible to Renew using Form DS-82.

Please note: If you live in another country (including Canada) and you're submitting Form DS-11, you must apply in person at a U.S. embassy or consulate.  See Applying for a U.S. Passport from Outside the United States.

TRAVEL VISAS

Some countries require visas to enter and these are typically easy to get, however, we recommend that you check with the country that you are visiting as rules and regulations can and do change often, mostly due to global political issues.

 

TRAVEL GEAR & PACKING TIPS

Every trip is different and each requires the same amount of detail to ensure you have everything you need. I have been all over the world on both quick turnaround trips and extended stays. In fact, one time I went to Paris, France for a motorcycle race, came home, went to college for three days, then went to Switzerland for another race the following weekend. I think I just took a camera bag and a backpack, and that was about all I needed for luggage.

Here are some links to think that we think you will find very helpful:

 

 

TRIP PLANNING GUIDE

Attention to detail is the name of the game for successful travel. Forget something like medication, a laptop power cord, etcetera can change your entire mood.

 

Here are some good tools to help you plan:

 

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TRAVEL PLANNING WEBSITES

www.Expedia.com

www.Orbitz.com

www.wikitravel.org

www.tripadvisor.com

www.booking.com

www.airbnb.com

https://www.hostelworld.com

www.discovercars.com

www.skyscanner.com

www.secretflying.com

 

 

CUSTOMS & IMPORT RESTRICTIONS

Customs Restrictions of Foreign Destinations – What You Cannot Take to Other Countries

Many countries have restrictions on what you can bring into that country, including food, pets, and medications. Even over-the-counter medications may be prohibited in some countries. Check with the foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. for your destination country to find out what is prohibited. Foreign embassy and consulate contact information can also be found in the Country Specific Information for each country.

Customs Restrictions of Foreign Destinations – What You Cannot Take out of Other Countries

A number of countries have restrictions on what items you can export or take with you when departing that country including, but not limited to:

  • Currency

  • Gold and other precious metals

  • Precious and semi-precious stones

  • Electronic equipment not declared on arrival

  • Firearms and ammunition

  • Antiques

  • Animal skins

  • Religious artifacts and literature

  • Ivory and certain other wildlife parts and products

Countries may require export permits, which may take some time to process. Travelers who violate foreign customs rules can be detained at the airport, fined, have the items confiscated, and, in some cases, be sentenced to prison.

To be safe, check with foreign embassies and consulates in the United States for your destination country before you travel. You can also find general information about a foreign country’s customs in the Country Specific Information we provide at travel.state.gov.

U.S. Customs Restrictions – What You Cannot Bring Back With You

There are some items that you cannot bring into the United States, or that you can bring in only under certain conditions. For information on U.S. customs regulations and procedures, see the Customs and Border Protection booklet “Know Before You Go.” Many wildlife and wildlife products are prohibited from import into the United States. You risk confiscation and a possible fine if you attempt to bring them into the United States.

 

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https://www.fws.gov/le/travelers.html

Watch out for the following prohibited items (this is an illustrative list):

  • All products made from sea turtles

  • All ivory, both Asian and African elephant

  • Rhinoceros horn and horn products

  • Furs from spotted cats

  • Furs and ivory from marine mammals

  • Feathers and feather products from wild birds

  • Most crocodile and caiman leather

  • Most coral, whether in chunks or in jewelry

 

CDC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS

Whatever your reason for traveling internationally, be prepared when it comes to your health—and the health of others - before, during, and after travel.

BEFORE YOU GO - Take steps to prepare for your travels abroad and anticipate issues that might arise.

  • Know your health status before you make travel plans. When you are sick you can spread diseases to others. Postpone your travel and stay home when you are sick.

  • Check your destination to get country-specific health advice. Depending on where you’ll be going and what you’ll be doing, you may need vaccinations or medicines before you leave.

  • Make an appointment with your doctor at least a month before you leave. Work with your doctor to evaluate your health and the health of those planning to travel with you.

    • CDC does not provide personalized medical advice. What vaccines and medicines you need (and are safe for you to take) depend on many factors specific to you. Give your doctor all the details they need to make the right travel health recommendations for you. Provide them with information such as where you’ll be traveling, how long you’ll be gone, what activities you’ll be doing, and your medical history like, if you’ve recently had surgery, a heart attack, a stroke, a history of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or pulmonary embolism (PE), or if you’re traveling with a disability, a weakened immune system, or a chronic illness.

    • Before you travel to have a medical procedure in another country, see medical tourism advice and talk to your doctor.

    • Find a clinic.

  • Consider travel insurance.

    • Trip cancellation insurance. Trip cancellation insurance covers your financial investment in your trip.

    • Travel health insurance. If your health insurance policy doesn’t cover you while you’re traveling (not all do—best to check in advance), consider purchasing additional insurance. Otherwise, if you need to go to a hospital or clinic overseas, you will probably be asked to pay out of pocket for any services.

    • Medical evacuation insurance. If you become ill or injured in remote areas or in countries where medical care is not up to US standards, medical evacuation insurance will cover the cost of transporting you to a place where you can receive high-quality care.

  • Register for the US State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free service provides travelers from the United States with important safety information in your destination and helps the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.

    • Also, check with the U.S. foreign embassy of the country you will be visiting to make sure your prescription medicines are permitted at your destination. Read more about traveling abroad with prescription medicines.

  • Pack smart.

    • Pack for a healthy trip. A complete travel health kit includes first aid items, sunscreen, insect repellent, over-the-counter medicines, and all your prescription medicines.

    • If you take any medicines regularly, pack enough for your whole trip plus a little extra, just in case.

    • Check with the US embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting to make sure your prescription medicines are permitted there. Not all medicines, even if they are prescribed by a doctor, are legal in all countries. Read more about traveling abroad with medicines.

 

 

 

DURING YOUR TRIP

  • Avoid road accidents. Accidents involving motor vehicles are the number one cause of preventable deaths of Americans abroad.

    • Always wear your seat belt, only ride in vehicles that have seat belts, and put children in car seats.

    • Hire a local driver when possible or ask your hotel for a trustworthy driver or taxi company.

    • Never ride with a driver who has been drinking.

    • Avoid riding on overloaded buses.

    • Avoid traveling at night and alone.

  • Prevent bug bites. Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and some flies can spread diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and Lyme disease, all of which can have severe consequences.

  • Eat and drink safely.

    • Eat only food that has been fully cooked and served hot.

    • Do not eat fresh vegetables or fruits unless you can wash or peel them yourself.

    • Drink only bottled, sealed beverages, and avoid ice—it was likely made with tap water.

  • Prevent sunburn.

    • Pack sunscreen that provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

    • When using sunscreen and insect repellent, apply sunscreen first. Let it dry, and then apply repellent. Reapply both as instructed.

  • Be aware of your physical safety.

    • Follow local laws and customs.

    • Limit alcohol intake.

    • Wear protective gear during adventure activities, such as helmets when biking or climbing.

    • Use caution when swimming and during water activities.

      • Do not swim in fresh water in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.

      • Do not go barefoot. Consider protective footwear when swimming in open water to avoid injuries that could lead to infection. Even on beaches there may be animal waste that can be a source of human infections.

      • Be aware of local weather conditions and forecasts.

      • Watch for large waves, strong tides, and signs of rip currents.

      • Supervise children at all times near and in water.

  • Avoid animal bites. Do not pet or handle animals. Even kittens and puppies can spread disease.

    • If an animal bites, scratches, or licks you, wash the area immediately and thoroughly with soap and water.

    • Call a doctor to find out if you need medication, a tetanus vaccine booster, or rabies preventive treatment.

  • Prevent sexually transmitted infections. Always use condoms with sex partners.

  • If you get sick or injured during your trip,

  • If you are involved in a natural disaster during your trip, 

    • Seek advice from the nearest US embassy or consulate.

    • Learn in advance if your destination is at increased risk for certain natural disasters. Visit the US Department of State’s Country Information page. Enter the name of your destination in the “Learn about your destination” search box. When you land on the country-specific information page, scroll down to “Local Laws & Special Circumstances.” Click on the heading to expand the content. There you will find information about natural disasters typical to that country (among other relevant topics).

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