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The scariest part of anybody’s travel is the planning stage. However, it can also be the most exciting, but oftentimes just thinking about everything that needs to be done before a trip is the most daunting and overwhelming part. I’ve compiled my best tips for the planning stage of your travels!

 

Backup All Your Documentation

In case anything goes wrong, it’s imperative to have all your documentation backed up somewhere online. A copy of your passport could help to prove your identity in a pinch or, if your credit card goes missing, you’ll still be able to make purchases online with the card number. I recommend Dropbox for those using a Mac or Google Drive for those using Windows. If you want to backup your entire laptop to the cloud, my personal favorite is Backblaze.

 

Get Travel Insurance. Seriously.

This is one I’ve been on the fence about in the past but have since realized it’s one of the most important things you can have. I’ve been in situations where I didn’t need it and I didn’t have it, and I’ve been in situations where I really needed it and I’m very glad that I had it. After further adventures, what I’ve realized is that, especially on your travels, anything can happen, and you’re always better off being covered. It could mean a couple hundred bucks now or a couple hundred thousand later.

 

Create a City Guide Before You Arrive

The most disorienting moment is when you first arrive in a city, after you get your bags dropped off at your accommodation, and you walk out the front door.

Google Maps is the perfect app for your smartphone. After researching all the notable spots that you want to visit, type them into Google Maps and click “Save” which will add a star to your map. Then you can see which areas have the highest concentration of places that you want to go. If you have a Google account, this will also sync across devices, meaning you can star the items on the web interface and they will show up on your mobile.

 

Get Vaccinated and Keep the Records

Every country requires different vaccinations, and some won’t let you enter without proof. When I entered China, I went through a rigorous medical procedure full of tests, shots, and ultrasounds. If I actually had some of my previous records on hand, I probably could have avoided a major headache.