How To Plan Your First International Trip

Brittany Reed

Maybe you’ve flown quite a bit domestically, or maybe you haven’t traveled too frequently at all yet, but planning your first international trip is an exciting and even sometimes stressful thing. An international trip is going to allow you to see the world, and experience different cultures while making lasting memories, making it worth any work that needs to be put into the planning process. When traveling internationally, our FastPass makes finding your luggage the easy part, but we want to break down just how to plan your trip so you’re guaranteed the least stress and the best time.


Get Your Passport, Your Destination, And Your Visa


The first step to planning your first international trip is to get a passport. Even if you’re not quite sure where you plan to go just yet, a passport is going to be necessary, and domestic travel in the United States beginning in 2018 may begin to require a passport as well if you’re traveling from certain states. Basically, a passport is simply a smart thing to have, and it is an investment that will last you 10 years before having to worry about having it renewed.

Next, you’ll want to work out your destination. If you’re simply planning on taking a vacation abroad, do you want something warm and sunny? Cool and full of history? Somewhere in between? There is a whole wide world out there to investigate and enjoy, and a plethora of options to choose from. Once you have your destination all planned out, you can then begin investigating if you require a visa to get to where you’d like to go.

Some countries won’t require a new traveler to get a visa, others will. It’s always best to do your research once you’ve found your destination, and to gather any documents or fees necessary to obtain the visa should you require one.


Accommodations, Money, And Language Barrier


Once your destination and visa situation is all worked out, you’ll then want to begin looking at accommodations, currency conversions, and any potential language barrier. The type of accommodations you choose will have a big impact on your experience, so you’ll want to determine what type of travel you’re looking for first. If you want to bounce around and save a buck, staying at hostels or couch surfing may be an option. If you’re planning to immerse yourself in the culture while still having a more comfortable experience, you may wish to look into local AirBnB options. If you want to live in the lap of luxury while abroad, that means you’re looking for a hotel or a swanky resort. There is no wrong answer here, only what type of trip you want to experience.

Figuring out currency conversion is also important, as this will determine just how much money you have in another country and how far that money will go. Additionally, you’ll also want to assess the language barrier situation. Ideally, you will want to be able to get around and experience the country without your language becoming too much of a hindrance, and this can be done by taking the time to learn some key phrases and words before you go should that country speak a different primary language than English. Of course, if you’re visiting Canada, England, Scotland, or Australia, the language isn’t something you’re going to need to worry too much about.

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