The world is opening up for all types of travel once again. Travelling for work or personal pursuits are both exciting reasons to explore the world around you. Take a little time to prepare to have an amazing experience.
As soon as you know of a potential travel date, begin the process of securing your essential travel documents.
If you are planning on travelling to the United States for a holiday, any type of business, or for a stay lasting less than 90 days, you will require ESTA services to ensure your visa and paperwork are in order. ESTA stands for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. It is an electronic approach to deciding who qualifies for entry into the United States. The ESTA platform assists in determining potential security concerns or risks for those applying for a visa.
The geopolitical climate is constantly in flux, and as such, it is important to apply for your passport or renew it as soon as possible. Research different options for expediting your passport should you need it sooner.
Any good article about travel needs to include a tip on packing. Here is a quick video to guide you.
Technology can be an asset or a detriment depending upon whether you come prepared or not. There are a few tips to keep you at the ready.
When planning a trip, whether it is for business or pleasure, be sure to bring the appropriate adapters so that you can connect your favourite and necessary devices when you reach your destination. Take some time to research what type of voltage is used, and then purchase an applicable travel-size adapter or two based on your needs.
Always err on the side of caution and bring extra cords, especially if you are travelling with multiple devices that utilize the same type of cord. Some hotel rooms have frustratingly expansive distances between the electrical outlets and the bedside table. Pack an extra-long cord to prevent having to place your phone on the floor at night (and risk stepping on it).
An external battery source will prove invaluable should you be stuck at the airport, in transit, or be on a wonderful sightseeing adventure without a wall outlet. Do remember to charge the external battery pack before you leave your hotel room each day. Also, remember to bring the coordinating cord along.
Before setting out on your travels, sign up for an external cloud service. There are a wide variety available that range from free to pay for service options. Once you have the service set up, be sure to toggle the options on all of your devices so that your content backs up immediately and seamlessly. Doing so ensures the mitigation of any data or photo loss. Also, keep your cloud user ID both secure and available should you need to sign in again while you are travelling.
Put your documentation in order, plan your itinerary, and take in all that the world has to offer. Grab your mask and get ready to travel again!