Tips When Traveling or Emigrating

By Miles Young
Miles Young
Miles Young
Miles Young is a freelance writer, traveler, tech geek and finger skateboard enthusiast.
November 29, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

When traveling to a different country or moving for good, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. Traveling around your own country is a different story, since you don’t have to worry about carrying your passport and other travel documents with you, you’re perfectly eligible to work, study or stay in your own country, and you probably have friends and family dotted around who you can stay with or call upon for help when you’re in trouble. However, once you leave your country, especially if you go to a different continent, things can be very different, and straight away, you have to start thinking of a whole load of new things.


  1. Do you have all the necessary travel documents?

Depending on where you’re traveling to, it’s not just about making sure that you have your passport with you. Some countries require you to have a visa, among other documents. Don’t just take your friends’ words for it either, since they may have a different type of citizenship than you do, and therefore, the requirements are completely different. It also depends on which country you went to. Just because your friend needed a visa to go to the USA doesn’t mean that you’ll need one in order to visit Canada. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for on the internet, go and speak to a travel expert or visit sites such as Immigrateful, a site designed to help those seeking immigration. You should also check whether or not your children need to have travel documents too, as this will vary from country to country. In other countries, you are even required to prove that the children you are travelling with are actually related to you.


  1. What will happen in an emergency?

If something happens, what will happen? Are you ready in the case of an emergency or mishap? You should make sure that you’re traveling with enough money and that you have easy access to even more money in case you might need it. You should also make sure that family members or friends know exactly where you are. You need to ensure that you have a proper cell phone plan that will work in emergencies and also in non-emergency situations in case you need to call home or call a company or business in order to help you with something related to your traveling or immigration experience.


  1. Watch how you pack!

No matter where you’re traveling to or for how long, you should always be careful how you pack. Just because you might need something doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to take it everywhere you go. There are also other things to consider, such as which items you can and can’t take into a certain country. Certain items are banned in one country but not in the next, so be careful and check all this out before you travel. You don’t want to end up being arrested for carrying unlawful products or substances that you didn’t know weren’t allowed.


  1. Learn about the local laws

This is particularly important if you’re moving to a different country to settle down and live there. Before you set off, you should read up on the local laws and understand how everything works. You’d be amazed at how different things can be in different continents and countries. Even if you’re only planning on spending a few weeks in a certain country, it’s a good idea to become very knowledgeable about what is allowed and what isn’t. In some countries, you can be arrested for holding hands or wearing certain items of clothing, so it’s definitely a good idea to know what’s lawful and what’s not.


  1. Do you need any vaccinations?

Some vaccinations are simply advised, whereas others are required in order to enter the country in the first place. Whether you’re traveling or moving to the country to live there, you will need to have the necessary vaccines. They are for your safety, so it’s important to realise this. Don’t forget to make sure that everybody you’re travelling with is also vaccinated against everything which could be harmful. You can also get tablets or other forms of medication to further prevent against the prominent diseases and illnesses of a country.


  1. Get health insurance

If you already have health insurance for your own country, check if you have any overseas coverage included in your plan. It might be that you have a certain amount of coverage that you can use when abroad, but this is only suitable if you’re just traveling. When moving to another country, you need to find out what to do in the case of a medical emergency, and this should be one of the first things that you do. By doing this first, if anything goes wrong with your health, you’ll be able to get some help and assistance from somewhere and it won’t cost you the earth.

Miles Young
Miles Young is a freelance writer, traveler, tech geek and finger skateboard enthusiast.