So, something hit me today. I am going to New York in less than 5 weeks. And would you like to see to see the list of things I have organised so far? Well, here it is:
- Travel Insurance.
Yep. That’s pretty much it.
Ok, so admittedly, I do also have a Pinterest board with lots of information about the city. And I’ve done a fair bit of reading and general research. Plus, I have a friend living there. But as for the practical requirements for my stay, I have done next to nothing.
If I have learnt anything from my travel experiences, it’s that things tend to work themselves out. And that no matter how much you plan, things can still go wrong. I’ve had luggage lost in countries that I cannot speak the language of and accommodation fall through at the very last minute (thank God for Airbnb). I’ve been lost in random cities trying to find where I was meant to stay, and I’ve accidentally put myself in situations that may or may not have voided my travel insurance if anything went wrong (thankfully, it didn’t). I’m not saying that I’m not a cautious traveller, but when things don’t go to plan, you get an amazing chance to learn how resilient you are. Which is probably why planning my trips in too much is never a big priority (clearly).
In saying that though there are a few things that I think are absolutely essential for anyone travelling.
Essential Travel Preparation list:
- Book flights. Otherwise, you are going nowhere anytime soon.
- Buy travel insurance. Do your research to find the best option. I went through my private health insurance because I got a discount.
- Figure out a vague plan for how you are going to get from the airport to your accommodation. Transfers are always the hardest part of travel, so the more prepared you are, the smoother it will be.
- Register with Smart Traveller (or your country’s equivalent government body to let them know you are travelling).
- Book your accommodation for your arrival. At least know where you are going when you first get there.
- Make sure that you have all of the entry requirements covered (Visas etc).
- Arrange your travel money, even if it is just alerting your bank that you will be travelling overseas.
- Prepare all of your travel documents – plane tickets, copies of your passport and bank cards, transfer tickets (if applicable).
- Download travel apps, like CityMapsToGo and a currency converter. I find that these two apps are fantastic for helping you find where you need to go and track how much you are spending.
I would love for you to share the things that you think are essential to plan before you travel. Also, if you’ve been to New York, please share your recommendations about what to do!
Now off to plan.