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There’s just something about traveling that makes us feel worldly and independent. Whether we’re soaking up the sun on a sandy beach or touring ancient ruins, traveling introduces us to new cultures and ways of life. And it’s not just people who take trips that enjoy the experience; every dog has their own version of the “quest for adventure.” But being a domestic pup in a foreign land can be a lot of work. Here are ten tips for surviving your first trip abroad with a lot of fun.

  1. Plan Ahead

The best way to avoid anxiety before your trip is to plan it out in advance. Make a list of everything you need to take with you and figure out what attractions you want to visit. This will also give you a good idea of the budget you’ll be working with.

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  1. Make Friends

It can be easy to feel isolated when you’re traveling, but make sure to befriend locals. They can provide you with invaluable information about the city or country you’re visiting and can be a great source of comfort in times of stress.

  1. Take the Time to Enjoy the Local Culture

If you’re not familiar with the customs of the country you’re visiting, take the time to learn about them. This will not only make your trip more enjoyable, but it will also help you to blend in more easily.

  1. Take plenty of breaks

No matter how excited you are about your trip, you’re going to get tired. Make sure to take frequent breaks so that you don’t end up becoming overwhelmed.

  1. Bring ID and a copy of your passport

Since many countries have travel restrictions, it’s always a good idea to bring an ID and a copy of your passport. This way, you can confirm that you’re allowed to enter the country and make sure that you’re not leaving without proper documentation.

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  1. Know where the nearest hospital is

If something unexpected happens while you’re traveling, be sure to know where the nearest hospital is. This way, you can get the necessary medical attention no matter where you are in the world.

  1. Bring a phone charger

Not only will a phone charger come in handy on your trip, but it will also be a lifesaver if your phone dies. Save yourself the hassle by bringing one with you.

  1. Pack light

Pack as lightly as possible so that you can avoid packing too many clothes and accessories. This way, you can free up more room in your luggage for souvenirs and other travel essentials.

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  1. Consider travel insurance

If you’re traveling to a country that is unfamiliar to you, be sure to consider travel insurance. This way, you’ll have peace of mind if something unexpected happens while you’re away.

  1. Make a list of dos and don’ts

Just like when you’re at home, there are certain things that you’re not allowed to do while you’re traveling. This includes traveling with weapons, illegal drugs, and alcohol in certain countries. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the local laws before you travel.