International Travel Checklist from the RNCFR
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Pack your bags and join us in experiencing Central Florida! Though coordinating your travel can seem like quite the task, we want to offer a few tips for making the planning process just a bit easier. Vacation… here you come!
1) Check your passport
Before booking your next trip, whether it be international or within the states, be sure your passport is current and up-to-date. Once you check that everything is good to go, make a photocopy of your passport and store it in a safe place. This is just in case you misplace it or should it go missing, you can still verify your information with authorities.
2) Check Visa and vaccine requirements
Each country has different visa requirements, depending on where you are traveling to or from. Check here for each countries requirements. It’s important to check that you are in compliance before booking any travel. Like Visa requirements, some countries require specific vaccinations prior to travel. If you are a traveling family (especially with small children) be sure to see what the children require as well.
3) Book your travel plans in advance
It’s always helpful to check travel websites to see what specials or promotions might be taking place when booking your flight or hotel. When planning far enough in advance you can typically get great deals! For example, if you are planning your trip to the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo event in Central Florida in April be sure to check out our hotel deals. After you book your flights and hotel be sure to double check all confirmations. Write down your confirmations, print them out and carry them with you.
Orlando International Airport sees 40,194,000 travelers annually and 109,820 daily. There are 814 commercial flights every day and 298,000 flights every year. When booking a vacation to Central Florida you have many airline options to choose from. See here for more information!
4) Book tickets to local attractions before they sell out!
When you are making travel plans for your family, or with your significant other, you may want to be sure to secure your tickets to the local attractions you want to attend. It’s not every day that event or attraction tickets sell out, but they could! Certain months in Central Florida can get very busy with our local attractions and events. Some of our main attractions are places like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Legoland, Seaworld, and more.
If you are into sports or extreme sporting events, book tickets to the 30th anniversary of the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. This is the second largest rodeo event in the US and takes place annually in Kissimmee, Florida. Cowboys and cowgirls from across the U.S. and Mexico spend the year competing to qualify for the chance to participate in this national championship rodeo. It’s guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat at you watch seven heart pounding events.
5) Watch the weather forecast
Great news! Here in Central Florida we typically have nice weather year round. If you are making travel plans for the spring of 2017 our average temperature is in the mid 70’s-80’s and typically sunny. After all, we are known as the “Sunshine State”! Click here to see weather averages year-round and during your travel times.
We all know technology is great for finding directions these days. However, always take a hard copy of a map as a back-up. That could simply mean printing one out if you don’t want to buy one. This way, should you be somewhere and not get good Wi-Fi or not have cell service, you can still navigate your way around while feeling safe.
7) Share your travel plans with your family
Make sure your family or friends know your whereabouts, including giving them a copy of your trip itenerary. This way, should they need to contact you or locate you or in case of emergency, they know exactly where to look. We know the idea of getting blissfully lost in a new place or another country sounds wonderful… but you should always plan for and be prepared for the unexpected.
8) Check luggage restrictions for travel
For a smooth and easy travel day, be sure to check your airline’s baggage policies before you arrive at the airport. This might save you a lot of hassle, time, and possibly even money. Baggage policies change all the time and they vary depending on the type of travel you are taking. Should you have travel plans that involve multiple airlines, this will also be handy to know as they differ from airline to airline, too.
9) Order travel outlet adapters
In some countries the outlets for power sources are very different. Look into a universal power adapter to travel with. This might save you from having to go out and purchase something once you arrive. This way you can focus more of the fun things!
10) Notify your banks and credit card companies
You will want to notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel. If they feel there is a chance that you are not normally in a place a transaction has occurred, they might put a freeze on your resources or accounts. When you notify them first, they won’t stop any transactions while you’re traveling.
11) Exchange money for proper currency
Many countries carry different currencies. Here in the United States we use American dollar bills and change. We advise that you bring at least enough of the local currency with you to get you through a couple days of your trip. This can also be safer than paying with credit or debit cards!
The great news is that most large banks sell foreign currencies, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a place to get more cash when you run out. Another tip? Never carry your money all in once place. This way, should you lose your wallet or purse, you don’t lose all the money you were traveling with.
12) HAVE FUN!
Now that we have provided some of the tips and tricks for coordinating your next vacation, our last piece of advice is to HAVE FUN! It’s time to kick back, relax, unwind and take the trip of a lifetime to visit Central Florida!