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Ready, Set, Jet! 10 Fun Things to Do Before Your International Adventure

Hey there, fellow globetrotter! So, you've got your passport, your bags are packed, and your excitement is through the roof. But before you embark on your international escapade, let's make sure you've covered all the bases to ensure a smooth and unforgettable journey. Here are 10 fun things to do before you spread your wings and fly!

  1. Research Your Destination (and Get Excited!) Before you even think about stepping foot on that airplane, dive into the wonderful world of research. Google your heart out, read travel blogs, watch documentaries, and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of your destination. Trust me, the more you know, the more excited you'll get! When I was planning my trip to Japan, I spent hours watching anime and practicing my chopstick skills. It made the journey feel like a real-life adventure straight out of a manga!

  2. Learn Some Basic Phrases Language barriers can be real buzzkills, so why not learn a few key phrases in the local language? "Hello," "thank you," and "where's the nearest gelato shop?" are always good ones to start with. When I traveled to Italy, I practiced my Italian by pretending to be a character in a Fellini film. It not only helped me communicate better but also made for some hilarious encounters with locals!

  3. Check Your Passport and Visa This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people forget to double-check their passport's expiration date or the visa requirements for their destination. Imagine getting turned away at the airport because your passport expired last month! Yikes! I always set a reminder on my phone to check these things well in advance, just to be safe.

  4. Get Vaccinated and Stock Up on Meds Ain't nobody got time for getting sick on vacation! Make sure you're up to date on all your vaccinations and stock up on any medications you might need while abroad. I once made the mistake of forgetting to pack motion sickness pills before a boat tour in Thailand. Let's just say it wasn't my finest hour...or lunch.

  5. Notify Your Bank There's nothing worse than having your credit card frozen because your bank thinks someone stole it and ran off to Bali. Before you leave, give your bank a heads-up about your travel plans so they don't mistakenly flag your purchases as fraudulent. And while you're at it, ask about any foreign transaction fees so you're not caught off guard.

  6. Pack Smart (and Light!) Ah, the age-old dilemma of what to pack and what to leave behind. My advice? Pack light and pack smart. Stick to versatile clothing items that you can mix and match, and don't forget to leave room for souvenirs! When I traveled to Australia, I packed a pair of flip-flops, sunscreen, and my trusty kangaroo onesie. Hey, you never know when you might need it!

  7. Secure Your Home Before you jet off to parts unknown, take some time to secure your home. Lock your doors and windows, set timers for your lights, and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things while you're away. Oh, and don't forget to water your plants! I once came back from a trip to find my poor succulents looking like they'd spent a week in the Sahara.

  8. Download Offline Maps and Entertainment Trust me, you don't want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere without Google Maps. Before you leave, download offline maps of your destination so you can navigate like a pro, even without Wi-Fi. And while you're at it, download some podcasts, music playlists, or e-books to keep you entertained during those long flights or train rides.

  9. Tell Someone Your Itinerary Safety first, my friends! Make sure someone back home knows your itinerary and how to reach you in case of an emergency. I always email my mom a copy of my flight details and hotel reservations, just in case. Plus, it gives her peace of mind knowing that I'm not off gallivanting with a band of pirates in the Caribbean (again).

  10. Embrace the Unknown Last but certainly not least, embrace the unknown and go with the flow. Traveling internationally is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in new experiences. So be open to trying new foods, making new friends, and getting lost (figuratively, not literally). Who knows? You might just stumble upon the adventure of a lifetime!

So there you have it, fellow wanderers! Ten fun and essential things to do before you embark on your international adventure. Now go forth, explore the world, and make some unforgettable memories. Bon voyage! 🌍✈️

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