What do I do before I travel?
There are a couple of MUST DO's before I travel because everyone knows you don't want to arrive in a destination tired and exhausted. We all want to experience it as soon as we get off the plane because let's be honest, immersing yourself in the culture starts then!
1. Be Organised - I HAVE to have a clear itinerary prior to my departure. Imagine not knowing what you're doing before spending 48 hours in a destination - crazy, hectic and unnecessary stress when you are meant to be relaxing and exploring!! Who agrees?
Regardless of you are spending 48 hours in a destination or traveling around Europe for a year, having a plan or an idea (not saying you have to have EVERYTHING planned out), will help you see the best of the best of that destination.
Leading on from that comes my second must do prior to travel, plan what your taking.
2. Pack Accordingly
Now girls, this is mainly for you..
If you have an idea of what you are doing you can pack accordingly. I know you're all thinking, yeah obviously Greer but we have all been overseas and realised that traveling with 23kgs (which is the max for most airlines) over and then back is not smart as it does not leave space for souvenirs, shopping and weird and wonderful items to remember the good times you had there. Am I right?
3. Get Insurance
Now, before I travel I always get insurance. Everyone knows someone or a story that happened to someone overseas and here is mine.. I was in backpacking in Rome when I was 19 and had an allergic reaction on my legs. I'm not allergic to anything so this was quite a shock to the system.
I woke up in the middle of the night and my legs were burning. It literally felt like my legs were on fire. I immediately started stressing and crying as I was in so much pain and didn't know what to do. My friend who I was traveling with at the time called reception, they called an ambulance and I was taken to hospital. She gave me an injection and I was sent on my way. I don't know what she gave me but I tell you what, the pain went away straight away. My legs were still red for a week so trust me when I say, accidents happen.
When I arrived home I had a lovely letter come through to my home address.
Opened it up and boom, a bill from Rome Hospital staying that I had to pay €7,349 Euros. You're kidding me. I only was there for 15 minutes and I had already racked up a bill of €7,349 Euros.
Called my insurance company and they advised me to send through the receipt and they would process the claim. It was covered, thank god!
I didn't have €7,349 euros sitting around especially after backpacking for a year.
If you can't afford insurance then you honestly can't afford to travel. Mine is small compared to the horror stories of people breaking their back.
4. REJUVENATE YOUR SKIN
(LITERALLY MY GO TO)
- I always make sure my skin is rejuvenated in the airport before I leave because there is nothing worse then feeling like a prune when you get off a long flight!
Use the duty free eye creams, face moisturisers, oils and anything you can get your hands on! I always do it! ;)
I hope this helped you guys a little bit!
Feel free to comment below with any questions you may have.
Love, GG xx
I hope you enjoy.
Love, Greer xx