Tips for first timers traveling abroad

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:36:34 PM

If your business travel is taking you abroad for the first time, you'll want to make sure that you are prepared for the adventure. If you'll be driving car rentals, it's best to research traffic laws in the area you'll be staying. However, that's not where your preparations should end.

Carrying identification
Of course you'll need your passport in order to make it through customs, but it's smart to keep a copy with you during your trip. This way, if you misplace your passport, you aren't left unprepared. Alternatively, you can scan a copy of your passport that is accessible via the Internet. Make certain that you have filled out the emergency information portion of your passport as well.

Accustoming yourself
Make sure that you supply yourself with maps or download smartphone apps that can help you navigate your way around town in your car rental. Unfamiliar driving laws can make it easy to miss a turn and find yourself lost. In order to use those apps you downloaded, be sure your phone has international service. Other research you can do before you touch down in an unfamiliar area includes what areas might be off limits. Keep safety in mind when picking restaurants and shopping districts.

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