Here’s something we could do without, and yet essential ! Before leaving, you will have to validate the final test of the administrative documents! To help you in your quest, here is an overview of the documents you will need to have to travel around the world:
A valid passport
Be careful, a passport requires on average 1 month to be issued. However, in the event that a document is missing from your file, the creation of your document can easily be postponed by a month or more. It is therefore better not to do it at the last minute.
A visa is not always required. Indeed, it depends on your destination country, how long you plan on staying there or even your nationality. For example, Europeans will not need a visa to travel around the different EU countries. An American will have to apply for a visa to stay more than 3 months in France while a German will have to obtain a visa to live more than one month in Australia. In any case, remember to get information and apply quickly because the time required to get a visa varies from country to country (between a few hours and several weeks).
In general, when travelling around the world and staying for a short time in each country, a tourist visa is more than enough. If you wish to work during your stay, some countries offer the WHV visa, or Working Holiday Visa, which allows you to work officially while keeping the status of a tourist. Moreover, in countries such as Canada or Australia, where the WHV visa applications are very high, not all are accepted, even more reason to start early.
An International driver’s licence
Indeed, if you plan to rent a car during your trip, be aware that a driver’s licence is only valid in the country where it was issued (except in European countries). It is an easy online request to complete and a letter to send but it should not to be overlooked and takes at least 11 weeks. So remember to anticipate!
Please note that the international licence is free of charge but must always be presented with your original driving licence, otherwise it is worthless!
Health first and foremost
Vaccines are also not to be overlooked before going on an adventure! Required in only some countries, you can leave without having to go through the vaccination process, but for a round the world trip, you’ll probably have to go throught it ! Since there are a multitude of countries AND therefore vaccines, we will not list them all but as information here are the most common vaccines to be made :
- Tetanus (1 injection)
- Hepatitis B (3 injections)
- Hepatitis A (2 injections)
- Typhoid (1 injection)
- Yellow Fever (1 injection)
Please notre that a trip to certain countries such as India, African or South American countries requires very specific vaccines, such as malaria. To help you in your research here is a small list of vaccines by contry : https://www.who.int/ith/2016-ith-county-list.pdf
However, what advise you is to have a complete check-up with a doctor before leaving, to make sure that everything is going well and that no problems will occur during your trip. And then again on the way back, to check that everything went well and that no strange diseases were found in your body!
Don’t forget to always trave with your small first aid kit with bandages, disinfectant etc… to treat small bumps.
Stay tuned for the next parts of our “World Tour” feature !
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