1. Find out if you need a visa for the country you're going to be visiting. We're so use to traveling to Europe where we never need one that we almost forgot to check on the countries we're visiting this time. No visa for Japan or Korea, but we had to have one for Cambodia. Our daughter found us an online site to get them, just had to submit passport size pictures in jpg. format. Got them in a little more than a day.
2. Get rail passes, they're cheaper when purchased outside the country. Again our daughter, who lives in Japan, directed us to the site to get them and they FedExed them to us in under a week. We then take them to the central train station in her town, Fukuoka, and exchange them for the actual passes.
3. Recommended vaccinations. Again, we're use to Europe and never need any vaccinations beyond what we take normally. But Cambodia was a bit more of a challenge. Our daughter took the Hepatitis A shots, our doctor said that if we were careful we shouldn't need them. But he did order Cipro for us, an antibiotic, to take at the first sign of fever or infection. He also recommended something for diarrhea, Lomotil. I told him I probably wouldn't eat while we were in Cambodia, he laughed.
4. What to do during a long layover. We have a lengthy layover in Korea and Mac found out that the airport runs free tours into Inchon or Seoul for those with layovers and he made us reservation.
He also booked us a private guide for Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
5. Let your credit card companies know you'll be out of the country so they won't be surprised by an overseas use of your card and block it.
One last thought, we're often asked if we use tour services to plan our trips and in ways we do, we use Trip Advisor and read loads of traveller reviews and pictures. It's a big help
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