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Tips to Make Your International Travel Organized

Here's how to make your international travel hassle-free

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With some careful planning, you can make your travels safe and rewarding. Pixabay

Travelling to a foreign land can be exciting, and with some careful planning, you can make your travelling safe and rewarding. Here’s our two cents.

Inputs from Sumita Tulsiani, co-founder and director of TravelDilSe, an AI-powered virtual travel specialist that curates worldwide holiday experiences.

Validity of passport

One should always check the expiration date on the passport before your travel. Several countries will deny travellers entry if the passport expires in less than six months.

Travel insurance a must

The cost of getting medical treatment abroad is very expensive in case you fall sick or get hurt. This insurance comes to your aid not only for medical care but also covers for flight delays, baggage lost and cancellations.

Arrange finances well

Plan your expenses in advance and take some cash, but use forex cards for other needs as they are safer to carry and cheaper than debit and credit cards.

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To avoid last minute hassles and scams, make your travel arrangements in advance. Pixabay

Smart packing

Avoid overpacking, carry clothes and gears suited to the weather, get adapters suited to foreign sockets, travel documents, medications, other electronics, and most important a travel lock.

Familiarise with the culture

Research on the local norms and traditions to get a feel for the culture and maybe learn basics of local language like hello, thank you, please and hand gestures used by the county of travel. Keep a map of the city handy and on your phone. Research and download any apps that may help you navigate locally.

Book everything in advance

To avoid last minute hassles and scams, make your travelling arrangements in advance – flight tickets, accommodation, local transport, sightseeing, valid visa (if visa is not on arrival) and international roaming mobile packs or SIM cards. Bookings done in advance also gives benefits on pricing.

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Stay safe

Keep emergency numbers handy, do not keep cash and credit cards at one place. Leave some locked in the hotel safe. Do not keep any valuables in your back pocket. Carry bag locked facing front. Keep a digital copy of all your essential documents including the passport. (IANS)

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Top 5 Driving Roads in The US

Finding your way around the country, particularly if it’s your first visit might not be too easy

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There truly are some great sights to see in California as you drive from San Diego to San Francisco. Pixabay

If you love driving, then a trip to the US could prove to be one of the best experiences of your life. Driving is fun but going down the same motorway day after day can get a bit boring. Why not therefore cross the pond and go on a driving holiday in the US? This article will look at the top five driving roads in that massive country, get ready for one hell of a drive.

Finding your way around the country, particularly if it’s your first visit might not be too easy. If that is the case, you don’t want your holiday to become ‘Lost in the US’ so it’s important to get a GPS for your car. These car GPS will help you make your way around the country without the possibility of getting lost and will help with avoiding issues such as speed traps.

Pacific Coast Highway

Just the title sounds exciting and you just won’t believe the views of the delightful Pacific Coast that you will see along the way.  There truly are some great sights to see in California as you drive from San Diego to San Francisco. That GPS you’ll have purchased will be put to good use on this part of your journey which is a marathon 655 miles. There are so many highlights awaiting you on your trip. Go along the Golden Gate Bridge and head to places such as Alcatraz Island or go on one of the world famous San Francisco trams.

Tail of the Dragon

Even the title sounds exciting doesn’t it? It’s not anything to do with ‘Game of Thrones’  but you will need to be brave. This is in Winconsin and only 11 miles long but it contains an unbelievable 318 turns. That’s because it takes you along the North Carolina and Tennessee mountains with outstanding views to behold.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The US may have some massive cities full of skyscrapers but a drive around the country will see you taking in some fantastic scenery. That’s definitely the case here as you travel 469 miles from The Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the Shenandoah National Park. There’s plenty of wildlife to see and tourist attractions along the way include Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewery.

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If you love driving, then a trip to the US could prove to be one of the best experiences of your life. Pixabay

Avenue of the Giants

This one sounds a bit like a television show too. If you love nature, then this trip to California is the one for you. You can see plenty of coastal Redwood Trees along the 31 miles of this journey. It’s not all about driving though because there’s also plenty of opportunities to go swimming hiking or just enjoy a picnic.

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The Million Dollar Highway

Thankfully that’s not the price charged for going along this 25-mile road. This forms part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. Your trip in Colorado goes from Silverton to Ouray and with its sheer drops, it’s almost like being on a rollercoaster. The mountain passes will give you breath-taking views of the state.