If you are planning to take a vacation abroad, it will require a certain amount of work and planning. You will have to be concerned with various aspects ranging from destinations to mode of transport to safety and security in the country visited. Since you will be traveling with your family, it is vital that you know exactly the safety and security aspects of the country you are visiting. Similarly, you will also have to keep an eye on your budget on these trips as well.
It is clear that traveling overseas without a clear plan and itinerary can end up in disaster. So to help you in planning that perfect vacation with your family, the following paragraphs will provide you with the essential tips.
Before you leave the country
It will be advisable if you register with the State Department about your travel plans, so that they can assist you in any emergency whether at home in the U.S. or at your destination.
Secondly, make sure and check travel documents of your family members. Check for signed, valid passports, and visas. To be on the safe side, fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. So make sure to familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws.
To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
Another important factor, you need to spend special time planning the budget aspect of your vacation overseas.
To make it easier, don’t forget to make a list of all expenses you will incur for such things as travel, accommodation, and other expenditures during the vacation. This list will act as a guide to stick to while overseas.
Lastly, make sure you use your credit cards wisely during the vacation. You might figure out that using your credit cards while overseas is the best way, but don’t adhere to that philosophy as your main method of payment. Importantly, have cash exchanged into the appropriate currency for the country or countries you are visiting, since it is not only necessary, but safer as well. The wisest plan is to have multiple forms of paying for your vacation including check cards, cash and traveler's checks.
Great Family Friendly Destinations Abroad
Due to its close proximity to the U.S., for many Mexico is a popular vacation destination.
Mexico is a country propagating a rich cultural heritage coupled with shared history. Here, you will find many opportunities to have fun and learn for the entire family.
If your family prefers the beach, there are plenty of options in Mexico. Mexico is bounded by 4 oceans or seas and has over 450 beaches to choose from. Some of the most popular are Cozumel, Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerta Vallarta, e Acapulco.
For urban adventure, Mexico City offers a famous zoo, national parks, first-class museums, theme parks, theaters and top-notch restaurants.
The Northeast region of Brazil is famous for its exuberant beaches and warm, friendly people. While it may be considered a developing nation, you can find some wonderful family-friendly resorts in Brazil that offer a full range of fun-filled activities for all ages.
Sources and References: www.travel.state.gov, www.gotravelabroad.wordpress.com,