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The Top 4 Essentials Needed For Planning an International Trip

For most of us, planning a trip abroad always seems a little bit daunting and prevents many from making the first move.  However, once you begin the process you will find that it’s not as hard as it sounds especially when you break it down to the basics.

 Passport

All international trips require a passport to travel so it’s a good idea to start the process of obtaining one a good 6 months prior to your trip as this can be a long process at times.  But I promise you, this is the most annoying part of the planning.  Once your passport is in your hands, you are good to go (no pun intended) and you will be set with future trips for at least a good 10 years. There are places that offer expedited passport services for an additional cost but since most international trips are planned well in advance it’s usually unnecessary to use this type of service.  Unless, of course, you realized 2 weeks before you trip that you can’t find your passport, in that case these places are the greatest thing you’ve ever heard of!

Visa

While it’s not necessary to obtain a visa for all countries, it’s important to know the requirements in advance.  Some visas are required before entering a country while others are issued on arrival.  If you are visiting a country that gives visas on arrival, sometimes paperwork or passport photos are needed.  All of this information can be easily found just by googling your country of choice!

Accommodations

For some, spontaneity is the spice of life!  Part of the fun in traveling is the unknown, but when planning an international trip it’s important to know where you are sleeping right after you get off a long flight and are delirious from fatigue.  After those two days you will feel refreshed and ready to go so feel free to switch it up and find another place to stay. There are so many different types of places, from hotels to vacation rentals to home-stays.  The sky is the limit and you can go wherever the road takes you!

Flight

Speaking of flights, the sooner in advance you book your airline ticket for an international flilght the more money you save.  It’s as easy as that. Sometimes you can find absolutely amazing deals on airline specific websites or travel websites just by booking 6-8 months in advance. It also doesn’t hurt to buy a ticket way in advance because then you know you won’t back out! So what are you waiting for?  Pick a place, get your passport, find a flight and let the planning begin!  You’ll be in Vietnam, Italy or Morocco before you know it.

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