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In a previous blog, we provided a checklist for international travel.  Once you have all items checked off and your trip’s details are fully planned, however, there are still aspects of international travel to consider.  One of the more daunting pieces of international travel is a long plane ride and the wear and tear the flight can take on you.  Here are a few tips to take the edge off.

Bring Reading Material: With the wonders of technology you don’t even need to lug a pile of books around, so you can bring as many books, magazines, etc., as you like!  Whether you want to peruse a gardening magazine or enjoy a classic like War and Peace (you’ll have enough time if you’re flying to Japan!), reading will relax you and make the time fly, as you do.  You can even watch an amusing “Dick and Jane” video to learn about new court reporting services.

Educate Yourself on Your Destination: It never hurts to know a bit about the culture of the country you’ll be visiting.  There are sites online which provide helpful tidbits about social norms, from dining to business etiquette.  Your court reporting firm can also provide more detailed insights with accompanying anecdotes.  With reporters and videographers living and traveling abroad, they can provide invaluable logistical advice as well, such as the best way to get to your hotel from the airport, where to get real local cuisine, etc.  Have an idea of a spot you’d like to visit while overseas for your depositions?  Ask your firm for tips on the best times/routes to visit.  Your reporter or videographer will be able to offer you the benefit of their experience abroad, to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

Sleep: Sleep is certainly a wise option for a long flight.  You want to be well-rested when you arrive at your destination.  It’s best to arrive at least one full day ahead of your depositions to adjust to the time change.  You can check in with your court reporting firm when you arrive to get an update on any logistics they’re handling for you (e.g., print jobs, conference rooms, food and beverage, etc.) or notify them of any last-minute changes.

Planet Depos has been covering international depositions for over a decade, with reporters and videographers living throughout Europe and Asia.  The Planet Depos team has the experience, technological expertise, and professionalism to cover depositions anywhere in the world with the same ease you experience in the U.S.  For information on scheduling an international deposition, contact International Scheduling at 888.433.3767 or via email at

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Suzanne Quinson is a Case Manager with Planet Depos. She lives in Frederick, MD, with her jaunty Jack Russell Bocephus, spending much of her free time touring the area in his company.  She loves her hometown Philly, Penn State, P.G. Wodehouse, history, baking and eating, among other things.

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