For even experienced world travelers, reminders of travel tips can be useful.
Here at Gospel Travel, we have collected some general travel tips that we have found to be very helpful to our clients, whether they are consummate travelers, or taking their first international journey.
Gospel Travel highly recommends a worry-free trip by purchasing Travel Insurance. Weather you have Gospel Travel purchase it for you or you obtain it on your own it is always a great idea when traveling internationally.
A few weeks before your trip, research which, if any vaccinations you may require to travel to all of the countries on your itinerary. Be sure to pack all of your medications, as well as any over the counter medicines you often take, as they may be unavailable or contain different ingredients in other countries.
Research the primary currency in the countries you will be visiting, and it’s highly recommended to keep an eye on their exchange rate, to convert your currency when it is most beneficial. You will also want to research and limitations on credit/debit card usage, and any additional or higher taxes that may be in place in countries you are traveling to.
Make sure you know ahead of time if you will need a visa for your trip. Gospel Travel will work with your group to ensure that every member is aware of whether or not they will need a visa, but we are relying on you to follow-through and make sure everything is taken care of.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER your planned return date
We strongly encourage all of our travelers to familiarize themselves with the primary language(s) of the countries they are traveling to and within. Common phrases and numbers are a great place to start and can make your trip less stressful and allow you to communicate with locals.
The most important thing to remember is to be respectful to all cultures in the countries we are traveling to. Research and be respectful of local customs, dress codes, descriptive language, etc. Our experience has been that most residents of the area we visit are very welcoming to tourists and visitors, so please remember to be especially mindful of other cultures.
As a reminder, in many countries, tipping is not required, and large tips are not expected. However, research the countries you will be visiting beforehand to make sure that is the case. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your group leader, or a Gospel Travel representative for guidance.
In many countries in the Middle East, the dress code is very different from in the United States and Latin America. Please be respectful of local customs and dress appropriately. Also be sure to check the weather for all of our destinations close to our departure dates to allow you to dress most comfortably.
In many of the countries we travel to, American appliances will require a converter. Research ahead of time what type of outlet the countries on your itinerary use and make sure you have the appropriate converter.
We highly recommend consulting weather forecasts as close to your departure time as possible. Additionally, make sure that you research the weather for all of our destinations- for example, it often gets cold in the desert at night, so don’t forget to account for conditions throughout your trip.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your trip coordinator or reach out to Gospel Travel. We are more than happy to share the knowledge we have acquired over the years!