I Do Jamaica Magazine

Destination Ready Tips

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Traveling to another country to have your wedding has the potential to turn a day which is typically fraught with drama into one with the drama of epic proportions. Careful planning, lots of correct information and preparation, will ensure your destination wedding is a huge success.

Here are some tips to ensure you are destination ready:

• Visit your healthcare providers including your insurance carier. Ensure you are properly vaccinated, have sufficient and current medical supplies if on prescription drugs and that your medical insurance policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, you may want to consider supplemental insurance.

• Identification: A passport is required for entry to Jamaica. A visa is only needed for stays over 90 days. Passports must be valid at the time of entry and have at least one blank page for entry and exit stamps. Take copies of your passport as a backup to ensure you can re-enter your country, or prove your citizenship in case of loss of your passport.

Likewise, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust or make an electronic copy you can store in your email account. Bring another valid form of photo I.D.

• Readuponlocallawsandprac- tices before you get to your destination.

• Give friends and family your contact information and itineraries in case of emergency.

• Register with your country’s embassy or consulate before you travel. That way your country is aware of your whereabouts in case of emergency

• Look up monetary conversion before you go. Converting most currencies to Jamaican dollars is usually pleasant, but make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the conversion rate is at.

• Makesureyourcreditcardwill work in the country you’re visiting and inform your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think fraud may occur- ring if transactions are suddenly happening in the Caribbean when you’re from Italy or Alaska, and will turn off your card as a security measure.

• Always have local cash for places which don’t accept credit cards but don’t walk around with excessive amounts.

• Checkthecountry’sentrance/ exit fees. Some countries require travelers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. These fees are not included in the price of your airline ticket and can range from $25 to $200.

• Buyticketsinadvanceforplaces you know you want to visit. That way you will spend more time doing the things you want to and secure deals in advance.

  • Getguidebookswhichusuallyincludemaps, keywords or phrases, and give you enough detail on certain sites that you won’t need to purchase the pamphlet at the venue. Download apps before you travel. Avoid downloading charges from your wireless carrier and get your apps before you leave.
  • Researcheventsgoingonwhileyou’rethere. This will help you make sure that you’re not missing the best events going on in the city — fun things like festivals, ceremonies and natural events. Also be sure to research as a few national dishes to try. You don’t want to leave the country without experiencing what it’s known for.
  • Bringachargeradapterandcheckthevoltage of your electronics. Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it.
  • Activate your phone’s global capabilities. There’s usually a charge for doing this, but

    it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.

    Carry your most important stuff in your carry-on. Carry as much of the things that you will need for your wedding in your carry-on as you possibly can. Just in case the airline loses your luggage, the fallout will be less stressful.

      • Bring snacks. Traveling abroad is fun, but eating in a foreign country can sometimes become a task. Bring small snacks that will tide you over until you find that perfect restaurant or food cart.

        Finally, decide to have fun and make the most of your trip. That’s a decision you can make in spite of Limited mode Visit your health care providers including your insurance car- rear.