South America has plenty of things to lure in travelers, from the mysteries of Machu Picchu to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and more.
But, amidst the current pandemic, it’s not that easy to travel, be it South America or any other region globally.
So, if you’re planning to travel to South America this New Year, you should keep a few things in mind.
Prepare Your Travel Documents
First things first, you’ll need to prepare and gather all your travel documents in one place.
Make sure you have a valid passport and are fit to travel, as per CDCs guidelines. It should allow effortless entry for you into any country of your choice. (Remember, some countries are still not allowing international tourism.)
Depending upon your citizenship, you may or may not need to apply for a Visa. For example, if you have a British passport and are planning to visit Argentina, you do not need a Visa. You’ll be given an entry stamp on your entry to the country.
Transport And Accommodations
Although it is fun to find a secret hotel or any accommodations that your guide won’t tell you about, it is still not recommended at all times. Unless you’re too familiar with the place, you are visiting.
Ideally, you should check out any local magazine or newspapers for more information before visiting a new country. Since many of the South American countries were Spanish colonies, finding an online Local Spanish Newspaper may help. Look for the travel column to find ads for transport and accommodations.
An added benefit of searching a local newspaper is, you can find some of the best places to visit that nobody else would tell you. Besides, you may also get to know if the government has issued any new guidelines for international travelers.
Learn Local Language
As part of your international travel, you must learn the local language. It would help you communicate with the locals and probably, make your trip a lot safer.
Notably, you can once again use local newspapers to get the gist of the local languages. As already mentioned, many of the South American countries have Spanish as their official language. It would be great if you could learn the same.
Additionally, make sure to learn a few local slangs too. It should make your communication smooth, and the locals won’t feel like they are communicating with a stranger. And as a result, you may even get to know things that you might not otherwise.
Pack Your Things Carefully
Last but not least, you should pay close attention to what you’re packing with you. Essentially, you should be packing a lot of masks, some sanitizers, wipes, and a toilet roll, considering the current pandemic.
Apart from the essentials, you should also think of the things that you can find at your destination. For instance, you may not need to carry a lot of home-cooked food with you. That’s one of the many things that you can easily find at your destination.
Consider packing your bags as lightly as possible. Light baggage won’t restrict you from traveling to the countryside. Plus, you can check out of the hotel and take your backpack with you whether you are heading out for a long hike or a short day trip.
In the end, what matters most is you get to enjoy your trip the best you can.