Travel is interesting and when we have the time, money and energy, we should all do it. Going outside our apartments and seeing the world around us is the only way to experience some things. While we can read about them or watch them in movies, that is often nowhere near similar to what the real thing would be like. Nothing compares to standing in front of a monument which is as tall as a skyscraper and as detailed as a Greek statue in real life: it’s awe-inspiring!

Travel can be complicated nowadays, due to the global pandemic. Here is what you should know if you want to travel, some tips to help speed you along the world.

Consider the Target Country and Your Vaccination Status

Vaccination has turned into such a big deal, with people going through amazing mental gymnastics to disprove the worth of a vaccine. However, if your destination country does not allow people to enter who are not vaccinated, you will simply be unable to visit. Some countries allow visiting but only after you spend a 14-day quarantine. This is problematic if your vacation lasts for 10 days. This is something that should really be considered prior to going to any country. Some countries will require PCR tests, which is another reason to be vaccinated and have that extra stamp of security and luxury, to be honest.

Be mindful that some vaccines are not accepted in some parts of the world.

Read About the Destination Country’s Laws Prior to Visiting

You might have caught up with the country’s laws once you began planning to visit, but you might have missed the parts about COVID-19 and how one should behave while in the country. Some countries are much more vigilant when it comes to enforcing pandemic laws. Some are lax and the laws are there more like guidelines, but others will send inspections and fine you, no matter how tiny your infringement is. Read about whether you need to bring a mask, although you should, either way. Read about the various rules regarding visiting shopping centers. Finally, ask the locals how they behave and how you should behave, to get a better idea of how things actually are.

Plan Ahead – Bring Whichever Documents are Necessary

Most healthcare systems have moved to a digital way of doing things. Your vaccination status will be included in a digital passport which you will be carrying, on your mobile phone or printed on a piece of paper. Whatever the case may be, you should know that and have it with you. Some countries still use physical documents for these types of things and if that is the case, then you should have a physical document. Have in mind that the same rules might not apply for your destination. Leaving for another country, only to be sent back as soon as you land because of a piece of paper (which is not a passport) is a miserable experience.

Think about your destination and plan ahead. Consider your vaccination status and the destination country’s laws and you should have a much better holiday.