PASSPORT DENIED HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!
Get our NEW book, Passport Denied: 26 HUGE Travel Mistakes to Avoid While You Volunteer and Work Abroad!
Passport Denied is a compilation of 26 travel abroad mistakes that are easy to make and can be EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE (and embarrassing) but with a little help, are now simply avoided using modern techniques combined with classic knowledge and expertise.
We designed this book to help independent travelers be more prepared for their extended trip abroad whether it is a two-week international vacation, a 6-month round-the-world voyage, or a one-year opportunity to volunteer or work abroad. Each chapter is full of true stories, real techniques and simple to follow processes that we have personally used, not just theory and random examples that leave you struggling to find the information you need.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS BOOK
- Secret places to save money on budget-friendly housing all around the world
- Essential documents you need for Immigration before you go to the airport
- Strategies to avoid and deal with a nightmare volunteer or work opportunity abroad
- Critical travel abroad items to include in your budget now!
- Currency exchange considerations for your international salary negotiations
- Key issues to evaluate before applying for foreign work visas
AN EXCERPT FROM PASSPORT DENIED
Mistake #22: Being the Tree That Falls in the Forest with No One Around
Have you ever felt isolated or depressed and thought: “if anything happened to me right now, I don’t think anyone would even know.” Well, this may be the case if you are on an extended trip away from home and you don’t take precautions. If no one is expecting you home for two months and you rarely call Mom or Dad, how can people know to send out a search party? How would they know where to look? If you are walking around without identification in Brazil and you pass out or are incapacitated, would anyone even know WHO you are? How could anyone help you?
This nearly happened to me on my morning runs in Vietnam. THREE days in a row, THREE separate palm trees dropped THREE different huge coconuts inches from me when I ran underneath. THREE DAYS IN A ROW!!! What are the odds?!? Day three I thought I had dodged every palm in Asia, but I still somehow ended up under one that tried to take me out. How long would it have taken for Adam to come looking for me? Would he even know where I was running? If the locals found me and took me to a hospital, how would they know who I was? I had no money, no ID, nothing. I could have been lost for weeks or worse!
How to Avoid it: Keep an Emergency Plan with You When You Travel, Especially When Being Active.
1. When you are on your adventure, even just out for a run on the beach, keep a little note in your pocket or pinned to your shorts that says your name, your insurance info, your nationality and has WHERE YOU ARE STAYING written on it. In the extremely unlikely event that you need some very serious help from others, you will be more prepared and those others will at least know who you are to begin helping you. We keep our note in a small plastic bag in our pocket so it is sweat/rain resistant and reusable, just remember to change hotel/apartment info accordingly. Also, keep it away from your wallet so no one has any reason to steal it.
2. Keep someone responsible back home up to date with your travel loop. Where you plan to visit, where you plan to stay, and how long it will be before you make contact again. Make a check-in schedule, maybe every Tuesday, and stick to it. Nothing major, but at least an email saying you are all right. If anything happens, be it accident or alien abduction, someone will notice and can start the search sooner and with a good idea of where to search.
3. If you have a travel partner or group, set up an emergency plan for disasters as well as separations. Have three or four different and geographically diverse meet-up spots in the event of any disaster. Talk about how to contact one another without phones, and designate one phone number back home to contact and relay information through if you cannot find one another. Adam loves being over prepared, but these ideas take very little time and could be your link to making a bad situation into a funny travel story you tell in a small book someday!
Excerpted from the book Passport Denied: 26 HUGE Travel Mistakes to Avoid While You Volunteer and Work Abroad by Christine Regent West and Adam Maire. Copyright © 2016 by Christine Regent West and Adam Maire.