The one thing on everyone’s bucket list has to be international travel. Travel has completely changed me as a person and has opened my eyes up to many beautiful things. International travel requires a lot of preparation, but don’t worry here’s everything you might need to know so you too can check off ‘the list.’
Apply for a Passport (or Visa) –
This is your baby from now on. You must know where it is at all times and never ever give it to someone without watching them. There are different regulations for all countries around the globe. It’s important to check the requirements for the country you are travelling to, in order to plan for a successful trip. If your current passport is on border (no pun intended) of expiring chances are they won’t allow you to enter in the country. This is the first step: Plan 5-8 months out.
Choose a destination –
Head over to my Instagram or Pinterest, it won’t take long for you to have a must-visit list that’s a mile long. Read blogs and TripAdvisor comments, droll over photos and swoon over videos. And always don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path.
Check Travel Requirements –
“Shots! Shots! Shots!” Not having the right visa and shots can make or break it for you. So you really have to read up on travel requirements to various areas of the world.
Always check the Center for Disease Control’s website to confirm which vaccinations.
Consider your budget –
I’m an extremely frugal person so I have to write this to relate to everyone. Try and save your money on things you remember; creating a splurge vs save list is very effective, do you want to stay at a luxury lodge for 2 nights or stay at a low-key hostal for 5 nights? Weight your options and just GO!
Consider budgeting for the Global Entry program.
Book your flight –
Do your homework – if you’re a student I suggest you go to STA.com for the dealz. The other site I love is Kayak. I book the majority of my flights through these online booking sites.
Plan your Itinerary –
This is my favorite part of the pre-departure prep. Operating hours vary from country to country. For instance, some shop owners may take an afternoon snooze, maybe even a whole village. Be safe and look up specific operating hours in order to maximize your time accordingly. For planning accommodation, I would book a night or two but the rest leave open for options. Do you boo boo! Know what to expect, if you’re attending a festival, conference or local event I would make sure you book ahead.
Just Go! –
Travelling is liberating, exciting, and eye opening. But you may have to take a leap of faith in some situations. Go for it! Live. See the world. Bask in the wonders of the world. (Here’s how to pack).
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” – Mark Twain