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5 essential preparations before you travel

If you’re planning a trip, you’ve probably gathered information about your destination and are sketching out in your mind the baggage you’ll be carrying. However, it’s a good idea to make a list of basic preparations to ensure that you don’t forget anything essential. Remember that organizing and preparing for your trip is part of the trip, and it’s best to do it in advance and enjoy the process.

Documentation

Check your documentation

The main thing should be to check each and every document you have to take with you. To travel in most European countries you will only need to carry your ID card, but for others, you will probably need a passport, visa and/or authorizations.

Find out what documents you need to access the country you are travelling to and don’t forget to check the expiry dates: both ID cards and passports can expire after five or ten years, depending on your age. In addition, the latter must be valid for more than six months. Otherwise, you will probably not be allowed to cross the controls at the airport.

On the other hand, have you thought about whether you will have to drive at your destination? If so, check whether you need to apply for an international driving licence. However, with the Spanish licence, you will only need to carry out this procedure if you are travelling to a country outside the European Union.

Currency

Prepare your money

Not only will you have to decide how much you will carry in cash throughout your trip: if the destination country has a currency other than the Euro you will need to find an exchange office and take the local currency with you. Remember to check the fees you will be charged and how long they take. It is also important to calculate the expenses you will have throughout the trip in order to decide the amount you will take with you.

luggage

Check your luggage twice more

Do you really think you’re gonna need all that luggage? Our most common mistake is “if we hesitate, we’ll take it.” Let’s face it: we tend to overload ourselves with dozens of clothes, accessories and leisure items that at the end of the trip we didn’t even remember we were carrying. Remember, too, that each airline has different weight limits.

Calculate the days you will be travelling and, depending on this, prepare the amount of clothes you will need to take with you. The main rule is not to fall into the trap of “just in case”.

Transport at destination

Remember that you not only have to plan how you will get from your accommodation to each tourist spot. One of the most frequently asked questions at the beginning of a trip is “How do I get to the airport?

With Aerobús you can get to Barcelona’s terminals 1 and 2 quickly and comfortably. It also makes the journey in the opposite direction, to reach the city centre when you return from your trip.

Don’t worry about frequency, there is an Aerobus every five minutes that will take you to your destination in just over half an hour! Plus, you won’t have to worry about whether you’re travelling on a local or national holiday: you can take the Aerobus every day of the year.

Online ticket

Have your tickets and reservation documents at hand

Few things are more annoying than the queues that form when boarding a plane because someone can’t find their boarding pass. Or a hotel reception held up because someone doesn’t remember where they kept their room reservation document.

To avoid these situations, it is advisable to have the QR codes located in our mobile phone, so that this procedure is greatly expedited. You can also carry out this procedure with Aerobús tickets: show the PDF of the ticket to the driver and in a few seconds you will be choosing where to sit!

It is not compulsory to print the vouchers. You can show them printed on paper or directly from your mobile phone. You choose!

Remember that the important thing on a trip is not the number of places you visit or how far away you are, but the sensations and memories you have left. And the key to making everything work out is none other than planning and using the best services you have around you.

CarlC Errico is a content writer for Bulletin Feed. He loves to write about blogging, IoT and other hot marketing trends. When he finds the time to detach from his keyboard, he enjoys his Kindle library and a hot coffee.

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