5 Things You Should Do Before You Plan Your International Travel

5 Things You Should Do Before You Plan Your International Travel

Do you like traveling? Or are you the kind of person who has to travel frequently? If your answer is yes, then here are some safety tips that you should follow before you make your plans to travel abroad.

1. Familiarize Yourself

First of all, before making any plans for your international travel, try to familiarize yourself with the country that you intend to visit. How is the country that you plan to visit? Any kinds of political instability? How are the crime levels and terrorism threats? Would you be putting your safety at risk visiting such country? How bad is the language barrier? For instance, if you intend to visit China and don’t know anything about the Chinese language, you need to make sure you’re going to have at least one or two tour guides, as very few people speak English in China.


Try to familiarize yourself also with any travel warnings that has been issued for the country you are planning to visit. For example, if you are touring in India by train, you can check your PNR status online so you’ll be able to know your travel information, journey details, stop points, or waiting list status.

2. Know Where Your Embassy Or Consulate Is

If you plan to leave for any international destination, you should also check where the location of your embassy is in the country that you’re visiting. It will always be in your best interest to be able to contact your embassy or consulate in case of any emergency – at least it will make things a lot easier and safer if you are able to determine where your embassy or consulate is.


3. Check The Latest Exchange Rate

It is also very important to know about current exchange rates. Do not assume that US dollars can be used anywhere. Most of the people in foreign countries do not take US dollars, so it is always better to exchange currency right before you visit a destination. You can exchange currency also upon arrival at the airport, but don’t roam around trying to exchange dollars for local currency – you’ll then be attracting local thugs towards you.

4. Be Acquainted With The Locals And Their Culture

After you make sure currency is not going to be any problem, the next thing you need to know is about local laws and culture. You sure don’t want to land into trouble just because you didn’t know the culture. If you’re visiting Japan, the best practice to greet is by bowing and not giving your hand. It is very important to learn basic culture to get better acquainted in a foreign land. If you are going somewhere in Central America, learning a little bit of local language for general terms is also highly recommended especially if you plan to rent out in any Panama, Belize, or Costa Rica real estate or vacation houses and have a longer vacation.


5. Secure Necessary Documents

Make sure you have all the required documents to travel a foreign country such as Passport, Visa, and any pertaining information or letters that are important to enter a country.

After everything is arranged, before you leave, make sure you have done the necessary precautions to secure your home, such as installing good locks in your entrance-ways and other proper home security products. It is highly recommended to give your trustworthy neighbors your contact information when abroad so that they can contact you in any case of emergency.


Needless to say, while traveling, you need to be extremely vigilant and aware of your surroundings and your belongings. If a situation can be avoided, learn how to avoid rather than confront each and every situation and invite trouble. Remember, things do not always go as you plan, so it is always a good practice to remain silent and be safe, especially when you are traveling abroad. Instead of dealing with “unwanted” people directly, try to report to an authorized person immediately to tackle a situation.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.


3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.


Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:


Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.


8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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