Escaping the daily grind for a few days can be an exciting thought, especially when you’ve been cooped up in your cubicle for months. It is often the best prescription for the woes of the weary – office-goer, homemaker or student- that does not involve popping a tablet or visiting the doctor! Attested by science, your own experiences may have amply borne out its efficacy. When the aspirations of your family/friends for a quick getaway from the mundane come into alignment, a travel plan is born!
Thanks to the wonders of technology, a few clicks and phone calls later, you can be aboard a flight en-route to your destination. Bags packed; boarding passes in hand, you proudly present yourself at the check-in counter. Minutes later, comfortably nestled on your perch (read seat) high up in the clouds, you might look forward to spending some quality time with family or friends far away from the hustle and bustle of life in a big city.
If all goes well, that is!
From hotel reservations, tickets and itinerary to travel documentation- your dream vacation hinges on a number of documents. Travel insurance and credit cards are no less important. To avoid unpleasant surprises, either during departure or arrival, securing them is critical. Often, the prospect of travel brings with a number of emotions- happiness, stress and even a fair amount of travel-OCD! Ruminating on the many ‘what-if’s’ of travelling can rob you of the joys of visiting a new city or country!
Deep breathing surely helps and so does taking a few simple steps to keep your Travel Documents safe while travelling:
Carry them on person:
To avoid the possibility of leaving your documents in a restroom or a lounge chair, make sure to keep them in one of your pockets. Using your bag or purse to store them is fraught with risk because it may be easily misplaced during one of several events. For example, at the airport’s duty free store or even while checking in.
Make several copies:
Your documents are proof that you are who you say you are. Apart from clearing airport security, staff at your hotel or rental apartment may want to see your papers to verify your reservation and make arrangements for sightseeing and entertainment. Prior to departure, make sure that you make several copies of all your documents, including traveler’s cheques or credit cards.
Store them at different places:
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Make sure that you store several copies of your documents in many different locations. For added measure, you may want to give your companions or family a copy of your documents and in turn, carry theirs with you. This will virtually eliminate the possibility of your travel plans being derailed by a stroke of bad luck!
Turn your digital devices into a virtual safe by taking snapshots of your documents, just in case the unthinkable happens! Even in the unlikely event that you lose all other physical copies, a digital copy can help you prove your identity if you need to approach the authorities for emergency assistance.
Lastly, relax! Travelling abroad is an occasion to take in new sights and experiences. Armed with these tips, sit back and enjoy the vibe!1