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It is your own responsibility to check that all travelers in your booking have all required visas and travel permits as well as valid passports for the required period by the countries you visit.
Many countries require that passports are valid for 6 months after you leave the country. You will also have to ensure that you have required vaccinations and oblige to other standards set by official authorities. You should always check with the embassy of the countries you wish to visit what the requirements are. For instance, it is required to have a travel insurance to enter Cuba.
You should of course be a “responsible traveler” by being open-minded and represent you and your country well. Everyone has a role to play in creating responsible travel and tourism. As a guest you can support this in many ways to make a difference:
Open your mind to other cultures and traditions — it will transform your experience, you will earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people. Be tolerant and respect diversity — observe social and cultural traditions and practices.
Respect human rights. Exploitation in any form conflicts with the fundamental aims of tourism. The sexual exploitation of children is a crime punishable in the destination or at the offender’s home country.
Help preserve natural environments. Protect wildlife and habitats and do not purchase products made from endangered plants or animals.
Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted with respect for the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage.
Your trip can contribute to economic and social development. Purchase local handicrafts and products to support the local economy using the principles of fair trade. Bargaining for goods should reflect an understanding of a fair wage.
Inform yourself about the destination’s current health situation and access to emergency and consular services prior to departure and be assured that your health and personal security will not be compromised. Make sure that your specific requirements (diet, accessibility, medical care) can be fulfilled before you decide to travel to this destination.
Learn as much as possible about your destination and take time to understand the customs, norms and traditions. Avoid behavior that could offend the local population.
Familiarize yourself with the laws so that you do not commit any act considered criminal by the law of the country visited. Refrain from all trafficking in illicit drugs, arms, antiques, protected species and products or substances that are dangerous or prohibited by national regulations.
Do Your Research
No matter whether you are traveling to a new country or a nearby state, doing your research is paramount. Sure, you don’t know anything about the area, but that doesn’t mean you cannot take the time to learn about your destination before your travel begins.
Know your Medical Condition
Do you have an existing medical condition or potential health complications? If so, it’s important to be sure that the area where you’re visiting has the right type of medical care available to take care of your needs. Research the nearest hospitals and other facilities, even if you’re only traveling a short distance away.
Research Your destination
For example, if it’s hurricane season, you might want to avoid traveling to coastal cities. Look for information about natural disasters or recent events in the area where you are planning to travel.
It’s not just about what you know about the destination. It’s also about what your travel companions know! Provide them with a brief about their destination research. Include cultural concerns, relevant geographic information, upcoming weather forecasts, and information about the important locations to be aware of, such as a nearby hospital. If your travel companions have been there in the past, information about hotels and restaurants can also be rather helpful.
Insure Your Travel
Travel insurance: just what does it really cover? While you should certainly have a travel insurance policy that will allow you to be reimbursed if you don’t end up traveling as expected, you should also have a travel insurance plan that covers the costs of traveling if you are injured throughout the course of your travel; covers lost and delayed luggage, and covers any other travel disruption that accrues unforeseen costs. Make sure your policy applies to each country where you might be traveling.
Do I need to reconfirm my flight ticket?
Reconfirmation of flights is not necessary, however it is advised to check-in online. But it is extremely necessary that you check your flight schedule on your scheduled carrier’s web site for schedule changes. Airlines frequently change departure and arrival times.
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