10. Get your passport if you don’t have one already or get it renewed if it’s set to expire within six months after you return home from your trip. It usually takes 4-6 weeks to get a passport, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time. You can look at requirements and fees at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
9. Check to see if you need a visa for the country you are traveling to. Your mission trip advisor should be able to help you with this one. Plan for another 4-6 weeks to get your visa if one is needed for the country you are traveling to.
8. Do you need any special vaccines or medications for your trip? You can ask your mission trip advisor or visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
7. Watch a movie from the country that you’ll be visiting that has English subtitles, or read a book that is about the history of the country or a fictional book that takes place in that country.
6. Learn a few words in the language. While you don’t need to be fluent, you’ll find that any amount of language you are able to speak will make your time much more enjoyable and your ability to interact directly with people will go up.
5. Spend some time researching more about the culture you will be visiting. Are there certain taboos or dress restrictions to know about? Researching the culture will also help you know more about how you can pray for the culture you’re serving in. A great resource for how to pray for other countries is the book Operation World by Jason Mandryk.
4. Find out how much money you will need to take with you. Do you need to buy any meals on your own? How many souvenirs do you plan to bring home? It helps to make a list ahead of time of the people you want to bring home gifts for so that you don’t over buy or forget anyone. When is the best time to change money? Sometimes it makes the most sense to exchange money in the airport when you arrive to the country.
3. Make at least two copies of your passport (preferably color). Leave one copy at home and take one copy with you on your carry-on. If your passport gets lost or stolen, you can use the copy of it to get a new one at a US Embassy.
2. Purchase travel insurance. While you most likely won’t need to cancel your trip, if there is a last minute sickness or emergency that prevents you from going, you won’t be able to recoup any of your trip fees or your plane ticket. Trip cancellation insurance will pay you back for your canceled trip if you aren’t able to go at the last minute.
1. Stay flexible! Traveling to a new culture can be overwhelming. There are sights and smells and new foods to take in and you may feel homesick. Try to enjoy each moment and know that home will be waiting for you. Other cultures may not place as much emphasis on time and doing things in an orderly manner as we do in the U.S. Don’t be surprised if plans constantly change or take much longer to do than you expect. Flexibility will be a key part of your ability to enjoy your international trip.
These are some of Robin’s, world traveler and Lifetree Adventure trip advisor, best international travel tips! She knows her stuff!
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