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International Vacation Checklist for Exploring the Philippines on a Motorcycle

Planning a visit to the Philippines? Winter is the best time to visit the Philippines because the temperature there at the moment is just perfect for soaking in the bright warm sun on the lazy Sandy beaches. If this is the first time you are planning to make an international visit to the Philippines come here a few important things that must be in place before you leave home.   


Identification Papers And Documents  

Apply for all the necessary identification papers and documentations before you book your ticket to the Philippines. In addition to visa and passport, you may also need other health certifications given the pandemic situation. Talk to people who have been to the Philippines before and find out what documents are necessary. You can also consider speaking to the consulate in your local area and find out more about necessary travel documentation. If you are planning to go on a motorcycle you will also need special Carnet-de-Passage for the bike. This is necessary mostly for people using European or American motorcycle models. However, It is always a good idea to find out whether your motorcycle model is exempt from this requirement or not.   


International Driver’s License And Insurance 

having an international driver’s license as compulsory when you were planning to cross international boundaries on your motorcycle. Thankfully applying for international driver’s license is not very complicated. There are local branches and chapters of the international biker community that will help you out. Checkout the Internet forums for relevant information on how to apply for an international driver’s license. In addition to the license, you will also need a comprehensive international travel insurance plan that covers everything from health problems to motorcycle mechanical problems. In certain special circumstances commands insurance plan will also help you return back home if there is a sudden political uprising at the destination. While purchasing an international travel insurance coverage, discuss with the agent or the insurance provider of everything that is covered under their program and get it in written because more often than not people dishonor their commitments when it comes to insurance coverage.  


Safety Gears 

You will need good quality motorcycle riding safety gear such as a branded motorcycle helmet (preferably a full-face helmet to keep the winter cold air out!), and also a pair of motorcycle riding gloves and jacket. Having the right pair of footwear is also important when you are crossing continents. The road safety laws in the Philippines are strictly enforced, which means you should not give the local law enforcement officials any excuse to pull you over and penalize you. Check whether your motorcycle helmet has the proper homologation and certification that is applicable in the Philippines.  


Packing According To The Weather 

The weather in the Philippines during the winter is temperate and moderate. Winter temperatures do not go very far below the average temperature in the Philippines. This makes the perfect location for people in the northern hemisphere to enjoy their winter vacations. Pack your bags accordingly. You won't need a lot of bulky winter clothes. What we recommend instead as that you carry clothes that can be layered one on top of another, which will let you regulate the core temperature of your body and remove the layers after temperature gets hot by midday.  


Informing Your Bank 

A common mistake many people do when they head out for an international trip is that do not in front their banks. What happens later is that the bank my suddenly directed international transaction on your account, and suddenly block the cards! That will definitely put you into trouble. To prevent that from happening, speak to someone in the bank, preferably repeat the process 2 to 3 times so that they are completely aware of your international travel intentions. since we're on the topic of money, it is also a good idea to carry a little bit of cash, preferably in the destination currency so That you do not have to depend on the cards in case of an emergency. Keep this cash reserve as an emergency fund and do not use it unless there's a really emergency.   


Consulting The Doctor 

Do you have a pre-existing medical condition? It is a good idea to consult a doctor before heading out on international vacation. The destination may be known for particular health problem to which you may be susceptible. Consulting a medical expert is often a good idea to find out any hidden problem in your body pre-emptively so that you don't have to waste a lot of money in treatment at the foreign destination. Carry all the necessary medicines that you may already be taking, and a few general use cases once such as for fever, headache, joint pain, and gastrointestinal distress.  


Checking Their Local News  

Keep an eye on the local news before you head out on the trip. The Philippines is a peaceful country come with very little political or social economic problems to bother travelers. However, it's always a good idea to Have a finger on the political and socio-economic pulse of the country you are travelling to. 


Getting Someone To Look After The House 

Last but not least, make sure that you have some money to look after the house in your absence. It is a good idea to switch on the lights after sundown so that acts as a deterrent for nefarious criminals from doing something harmful. If you are living behind a teenager, or child make sure that there is an adult to supervise them at all times. If you have pets, you can take the help of pet nurseries to look after the animals well you're gone. 

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