Everything is done and completed for your trip and you are all ready with your tickets and passport in hand for your holidays to a country that you have never been to before. It's good to have everything taken care of in advance so that you don't have to worry about any last minute details. Now you have a little bit of time to just relax and wait for your departure date. So, why not use that time to do a little bit of research on the place that you are planning to visit?
When you are traveling to a different country, it is always a good idea if you know some of the basic information about that country. One thing in particular should be if there are any kind of health issues that you should be aware of. One of the best places to check for that information would be by visiting the CDC website for any disease issues there might be in the area.
You should consider your safety as well. In all of the excitement of planning your trip, safety was probably not on your list of things to be prepared for. You really need to make sure that you are aware of the political environment of a country that you might be visiting. One of the best ways to find out what's going on within another country's government is to contact the Department of State for anything that you might need to be concerned with. You also might want to find out what their customs are when it comes to how to dress and how they treat women as compared to men. This will help you to avoid any problems you might run into for misunderstanding some countries customs. For example if you are a woman traveling to one of the middle eastern countries you might want to dress a lot more conservative than you would if you were traveling to London for instance.
Make sure to talk to people about where you are going and more than likely you will run across someone who has been there as well. Make sure to take time out to ask this person about how the stay was, what to expect, where the best places are for a tourist to visit, etc. Getting information from a person who has already been where you are going can help you avoid many mistakes that they may have made on their trip.
Make sure that you know where you want to go, what you want to see and maybe even where you want to eat before you even get to your destination. If you know that you want to eat where locals eat or shop in local markets, make sure you have these places of interest already mapped out. If you know you want to see a certain cathedral or museum, make sure you know where it's at before you get there. This will save you a lot of time and effort while on your trip and it will make for a less stressful vacation. After all, the whole idea of a vacation is to get away from the stress.