Today’s society travels far more than our ancestors traveled. We travel the world and consider jet lag and forget about the distance we’ve gone. The world for us is a much smaller place thanks to modern travel methods. This is good and it gives us a new understanding of cultures and diversity. However, there are some essentials that you may wish to consider prior to your departure.

1. While it may be obvious, many people don’t take the time to find out any of the basics of the country they are traveling to. Always do this so that you can avoid disappointment and surprises.

2. Always take the time to explore the weather differences in the area that you’re traveling to. Example: If you reside in Florida and are traveling to Northern Greenland, you’re going to be in for quite the shock if you only took your summer clothing.

3. Always ensure that your medical plan will cover you when you’re traveling. If not, take the appropriate steps to get some kind of coverage to avoid any emergency costs.

4. Always make sure you have the required visas and work permits in the areas that you’re traveling to.

5. Find out if you need any specific vaccinations for the areas that you’re traveling to. You don’t’ want to become exposed to something that you could have prevented.

6. If you’re going to be driving in a foreign country, ensure that your driver’s license is acceptable in that country. If not, you’ll have to take an international driving test and get an international driving license. Be familiar with the driving laws in the area you’re visiting as well.

7. Of course, always make sure that your passport is in order. Is it up to date/ If not, make sure that you have plenty of time to renew it so that you can get where you’re going.