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Even though it is a tedious task to create a customized itinerary, everyone agrees on the importance of itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. So Triphobo came up with this easy to use automatic itinerary planner.

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Do you want to create your travel itinerary quickly & easily? Are you ready to use this tool now? TripHobo's trip planner plays a major role to ease the itinerary creation process and helps you overcome the pain in the trip planning .  Follow these 4 simple steps to plan a trip & let us know your experience.

1) Choose Your Destination & Dates when you want to travel

Visual algorithmic trip planner lets you choose destinations you want to travel to. You have the freedom to choose the real dates from the calendar. After selecting travel dates, planner runs algorithms to optimize a trip. It starts suggesting activities, sightseeing spots, tours and transport options with the details. For every attraction, it suggests open/close timings, time to spend, and nearby restaurants.

You can drag & drop activities and complete your itinerary within a matter of minutes. You can book yourself a nice vacation once you are sure of all the details, making you plan your trip very easily.

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If you have a lot of travel ideas but confused about where to start? Don't worry. Thousands of other people have visited the same destination before and created itineraries with us. Choose from a pool of more than 1 million user-generated itineraries around the globe. You can view other travelers’ itineraries for any location and duration to inspire yourself and then customize them to suit your own preferences.

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TripHobo aims to cater to travelers at every stage of the travel planning process. It provides one platform to create personalized itineraries and hassle-free bookings .

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Once you’ve created your customized itinerary, you can print it. Save your plan for future reference or share it with your friends. When you’re ready, you can finalize and have a perfect travel itinerary ready.

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to International Travel

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So you’ve decided to travel internationally, have you? Traveling to another country is something I wish for everyone to experience at least once in a lifetime.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the privilege to do so. But for those of us with passports that allow us such opportunity, it’d be a shame to never explore an international destination in our great, big, beautiful world !

It might seem a bit scary to take your first international trip, but I promise it’s not that bad. To help you, I’ve put together this thorough guide on everything you need to know in order to have a successful international trip ! Let’s get straight to it.

Before You Depart for Your Trip

There’s quite a bit to get ready before your international trip. But, don’t worry. It’s all doable, and it’ll all be worth it!

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Apply for a Passport

First things first. In order to travel internationally, you’ll need to have a valid, unexpired passport . On top of that, many countries require you to also have at least three or even six months validity left on your passport from your date of travel. So, if you don’t have a valid, unexpired passport or your passport is expiring in three to six months, it’s time to get a new passport before your trip. This process can take a couple months! So plan ahead, and submit your passport request early to save yourself stress and/or expediting fees closer to your departure date.

If this is your very first passport, your last passport was from when you were under 16 years old, your previous passport was lost, stolen, or damaged, or your last passport was from 15 or more years ago, you will need to apply for your passport in person. Here are the official steps for the new passport process .

If the above doesn’t apply to you, you simply have to renew your passport. You can do this via mail. Here are the official steps for the renewal process .

Choose Your International Destination

Yipee! Now that you’ve either already got your passport or have applied for a new one, you can choose your international travel destination. This is largely based on your own interests. But as this is your first trip internationally, keep in mind things like language, similarity in culture to back home, and ease of travel-related infrastructures (like trains or buses).

Apply for Any Visa(s)

Once you have chosen your destination(s), check whether you need visas or not . A visa is basically permission from a foreign government for you to be in their country. Some countries may grant you a free visa upon arrival with a simple stamp on your passport. Some countries simply require you to fill out a form online and pay a small fee before you can board your flight. And some countries require expensive visas which you must apply for months in advance. It all depends on that country you are visiting, your passport country, and how long you plan to stay. I love using Travisa ‘s free search tool to quickly and easily check what requirements exist for me before I book a flight. 

Get Any Necessary Vaccines

Before confirming your destination, you should check if any vaccines are necessary for that place. Some vaccines are simply recommended for your own health, while others are requirements before you will be allowed into the country , or even allowed into other countries afterwards (like yellow fever). The CDC website is an easy way to check this. Some vaccines, like yellow fever, are low in supply and hard to get last minute. Others, like malaria pills, require a doctor’s prescription. So don’t leave this step until the last minute !

Check Travel Restrictions

Lastly, make sure there are no travel restrictions or decision-altering political tensions for your destination. Do this by checking the Travel Department site . Simply type in your destination country’s name into the search bar on the left hand side of the screen. 

Preparing Your Finances

Now that your passport is on its way and you’ve settled on your international travel destination(s), it’s time to start thinking about finances.

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Some destinations are very credit card friendly. Others operate on only cash and debit cards. And some don’t even have ATM machines! So you’ll need to do a bit of planning before departure to make sure you’re not stressing during your trip, and to save yourself transaction fees.

Get a No Fees Credit Card

Most banks charge a 3% fee every time you use your credit card to pay for a foreign transaction. As you can imagine, this adds up to a lot over the course of even a one week international trip. The good news is, many banks offer credit cards without foreign transaction fees . Do a quick internet search to see if your bank offers such a card. 

Get a No Fees Debit Card

Most banks charge a 3% fee and $5 each time you withdraw foreign currency from an ATM. Especially if you are traveling to a mostly-cash destination, this is a surefire way to rack up unnecessary travel costs. To avoid this, consider opening a free brokerage account with Charles Schwab to also receive their debit card with zero transaction fees . I first heard about this card when moving to London to study abroad, and I have to say it’s served me well. 

Get Foreign Currency Beforehand

Sometimes, but not often, it’s necessary to have cash in your destination’s currency either before you depart home or right when landing . This might be because your destination does not have ATMs, or because you just want to feel prepared.

If you need foreign cash before leaving home, head to your local bank and exchange currencies. (Just FYI, you’ll get a bad conversion rate doing this, since the bank needs to make commission.) If the currency you need isn’t a common one, your bank won’t have it on hand. In that case, you’ll have to request the exchange online with your bank. 

Many countries that don’t have ATMs also don’t allow their currency to be taken outside their country (like Cuba). In this case, you’ll need to bring enough cash with you in a common currency (like USD, GBP, or Euro). Then, when you arrive at your destination’s airport, you can exchange your cash from home for the local currency.

Sign Up for Airline Rewards Programs

You might already know this if you fly domestically, but most airlines have rewards programs. These allow you to accumulate “miles” in your rewards account each time you fly. Eventually, you might rack up enough to redeem those miles in exchange for a flight !

Consider Travel Hacking

Now, some people use airlines rewards programs and racking up miles on steroids, and this is called travel hacking. Many airlines and banks offer huge amounts of miles when you sign up for a card, or offer miles every time you use that card for a purchase. This allows you to rack up enough miles for a free flight or hotel stay more quickly (or sometimes immediately!). I personally have no energy for travel hacking, as I’m not convinced the miles rewards are worth more in dollars than my current card’s cash reward system. But I would be amiss to not mention travel hacking in a guide to international travel.

Planning Your International Trip

Phew! Now that you’ve got all the annoying administrative work out of the way, it’s time for the fun stuff; planning your trip .

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I have a whole ten-step guide to planning a trip , so I won’t go into too much detail here. But this can be broken down into planning out your travel itinerary, booking your flight, and booking your accommodation.

Create Your Dream Itinerary

Decide everything you want to see in that destination. I love using Pinterest , Instagram , and travel blogs for inspiration. This is my favorite part of planning a trip , because it gets me so excited about what’s to come! Then, figure out how many days each spot deserves if you are moving around, and figure out how to get from point A to point B (train, cab, ferry?). 

Book Your Flight

After you’ve decided how many days you need, you can decide what your travel dates are and start looking for a flight. You can sometimes find good deals really close to the date, but that isn’t guaranteed. I recommend not leaving this until the last minute! I go into more detail how I search for cheap flights in my trip planning guide .

Book Your Housing

Once you have your flight booked, all that’s left is your housing. I love using Booking.com because of its interface, but any hotel search engine will suffice. Also consider AirBnB if you like the idea of staying in a local apartment, or Hostelworld if you’re looking for a social (and often budget-friendly) option. I go into more detail on different types of travel accommodation in my trip planning guide .

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Preparing for Departure

Woohoo! You’ve got your passport, your trip is planned, and all that’s left is to depart. There are a couple things you should do to best prepare for your upcoming international trip.

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Scan the Front Page of Your Passport

Before leaving home, make a copy of the front page of your passport (the page with your picture). Either print it out or send it to yourself via email. In case your passport gets lost, stolen, or damaged during your international trip, this makes it easier to have your passport replaced abroad at an embassy.

Expect Cultural Differences

Every country or region has its own culture and norms, and that’s what makes traveling so great. In some places, like the US, it’s common to greet strangers “hello,” or for shop associates and waiters to be extra doting. In other places, like much of Europe, the slower cafe and restaurant culture means your waiter might not come to you unless beckoned. It’s almost seen as if the waiter is rushing you! Similarly, in Japan, it’s offensive to tip waiters, as it suggests their only incentive to do their job well is receiving your pocket change. No culture is right or wrong, but keep an open mind as you travel, and don’t assume something means the same as it does back home .

Prepare for Language Barriers

Many popular travel destinations have adopted English as a common language due to how many international tourists they receive. So, if you know English, chances are you’ll be fine getting around many travel destinations around the world. But it still doesn’t hurt to learn some basic words in your destination’s language .

Saying “hello” or “thank you” in a person’s mother tongue can go a long way in warming them up towards you. Learning common menu items or words on train station signs will also likely make your life easier and give you more confidence abroad. I love using the free version of Duolingo’s mobile app ( iOS and Android ) for a few weeks before I head somewhere new to learn a language’s basics. Alternatively, you could simply head to Google translate and jot down key words on a small piece of paper before you depart. Then, keep this paper handy while you’re out exploring for easy access.

What to Expect on an International Flight

Even if you’ve flown domestically before, flying internationally can be a whole different experience . Here are my top tips for flying internationally.

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What to Pack in Your Carry On

Packing carry on luggage for an international trip is similar in many ways to for a domestic trip. The same rules apply with regards to liquid sizes and electronics. However, as international flights tend to naturally be longer than domestic flights, there are a few extra considerations.

Make sure you are comfortable. Bring your own favorite headphones instead of using the uncomfortable free or for sale ones on board the flight. Also bring an eye mask (and a neck pillow if you need that) so that you can try to sleep a bit. You’ll also want to pack clothing items like one pair of pajamas and one or two proper outfits, in case your luggage is lost or delayed . It would be super inconvenient to buy these things right after you land in a foreign country!

Common Flight Etiquette

No one likes flying. So to make it easier on everyone, here are some best practices for being polite while in the airport and on the plane.

  • While in the airport, don’t stand up and crowd around the gate way before your boarding group is called. Everyone will get their chance to board.
  • Once on the plane, the middle seat person gets dibs on the inner arm rests .
  • Right after the plane lands, don’t rush to pull your luggage from the overhead before the plane doors have even opened (especially if you’re in the back of the plane!). If you’re in a rush to catch a connection you think you might miss, ask the flight attendants before landing if they can help you get off first. Sometimes they’ll make an announcement that everyone should stay seated until those about to miss a connection exit first!

Staying Healthy While Flying

The last thing you want is to get off your flight and feel unwell the first days of your epic trip! Here are precautions you should take to ensure you land in tip-top shape.

  • Stay hydrated . Airplane air has less humidity (only about 10 – 20%!), so make sure you are drinking enough water, especially on long haul flights. I always bring a large, refillable water bottle when I fly. I fill it up at an airport water fountain right after passing security and finish it all before boarding. Then, I refill it again to have a full supply while on board. This is important not only for headaches and such, but also to prevent skin breakouts in the days after landing.
  • Keep the blood flowing . Not only are you not moving for hours upon hours when flying internationally, but your feet are flat on the floor the entire time, too. This isn’t great for blood circulation, and can cause swelling in your ankles and feet the days after your land. (It’s also just not good for your health to not move!) So, make it a point to get up and walk around the plane. Since you’ll be drinking a lot of water anyways, maybe walk up and down the aisles for some minutes each time you finish using the toilets. Do some stretches , like pulling your feet up to your booty one at a time and holding, or lifting each knee up and holding. If you have a layover with enough time, walk around the terminal for some time before boarding your second flight.
  • Stay clean . Even pre-Covid-19, planes and airports have never been the cleanest places to be. Wash your hands frequently with soap, use hand sanitizer , and consider disinfecting your food tray, screen, and arm rests right after getting on board. Make sure not to touch or pick your face too much, especially since it’s already dealing with the dehydrating air!

Flying with Dietary Restrictions

Airplane food is pretty much never great, especially if you aren’t flying first class. But if you’re on a particular diet or have dietary restrictions, you’ll need to plan ahead of time. Consider packing some of your favorite nutritious snacks instead of relying on the salty pretzels you can expect on board. If you have a specific need, like vegan meals, call the airline 24 hours before your flight to put in your request for a special meal . You might also want to double-check the meal request before take off at the gate.

Staying Safe While Traveling Internationally

While the world isn’t the big, bad, scary place we’re often made to believe, that doesn’t mean travel is free of risks.

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A lot of the safety precautions and considerations you should take while traveling abroad are similar to those you take at home. But a few aren’t. Here are my main safety tips for international travel.

Solo Travel

By its very nature, traveling alone is more risky than traveling with a companion. Is it significantly more risky? I think not. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t take any extra precautions when traveling alone.

One precaution I take is to always let someone know where I am . If I have a full itinerary planned, I send my mom a summary of each city and accommodation I plan to stay at. If I’m doing something like a hike without any new friends I’ve met, I’ll let the front desk know my plans before I head out. I also try to be confident . Even if I don’t know where I’m going, I try to look like I do! If I need to look directions up on my phone, I might do it before leaving the hotel or shop or restaurant.

Another thing to remember is that traveling solo is not traveling alone . Especially if staying in hostels, you’ll meet other people traveling solo like you are, and you can do activities with them.

Solo Female Travel

Something my loved ones tell me often is how it’s so unsafe to travel alone as a woman. But the truth is, is it perfectly safe to be a woman anywhere in the world? Even when I’m in in the comfort of my home country, I rush to my car when in public garages at night, receive uncomfortable comments from strangers on the street, and face the potential of sexual harassment or even assault. Sexism exists everywhere, not just abroad. Of course, I do take extra precautions as a solo female traveler compared to a male solo traveler. But I also take extra precautions as a female in my home country, too.

These are some of the precautions I take while traveling as a woman, in addition to the precautions I take for traveling solo in general:

  • I never walk alone past dark . Ever, ever. Even if I “feel” safe in a place (which is most of the time), it’s just something I’ve promised myself I wouldn’t do.
  • I try to dress conservatively in certain destinations. Especially as a Californian, I’m used to super short shorts and low-cut shirts being totally normal. While these are still often acceptable abroad, they definitely cause a lot of stares that I personally have decided I’d rather avoid if I can. So, I’ll wear looser, longer shorts instead of tight short-shorts, or midi skirts and dresses instead of what I consider normal length. This isn’t so much because I feel unsafe, but because I’ve realized it decreases bothersome male comments and advances immensely.
  • I haven’t actually done this yet, but it’s a trick I have in my back pocket. Bring a fake wedding ring . Depending on the destination, this can help ward off some comments (and even playful marriage proposals!).

Traveling as a Person of Color

Similar to the solar female travel issue, a lot of my family fear that I’ll stand out like a sore thumb as a black woman. Also similar to the solo female travel issue, racism is simply something that exists everywhere, not just abroad . Of course, I do take extra precautions as a black solo traveler compared to a white solo traveler. But I also take extra precautions as a black person in my home country, too.

The main extra consideration I take while traveling as a person of color is to research the experiences of other black people or black women in destinations I know less about , or that I know have few black people or tourists. I recommend you do the same for whatever race or ethnicity you might identify with, as destinations might be used to one group but not a different group. This, of course, can be difficult, as the voices in the travel sphere are mostly white men, and next white women. (This is why it’s important to have better representation.) If you can’t find the insight you need online, consider directly emailing or messaging any travel writers or influences whose experiences you’d like to hear.

Traveling with Cash and Valuables

Like you would in certain areas of your home country, don’t flash valuables while traveling. Be cognizant as you withdraw or exchange any cash . Being a tourist can make you a target already, so don’t give pickpockets any extra incentive!

Be careful not to carry all your cash and cards in one place. If you can, take some with you as you explore, and then leave back up cards, unneeded cash, and your passport back in a safe in your accommodation . That way, if anything gets stolen or lost while out exploring, you have back ups to hold you over.

Bring Locks for Hostels

If you are planning on staying in hostels, definitely purchase a lock before your trip. Hostels usually have lockers, but charge a couple bucks to rent a lock. It’s much more economical to purchase once and not pay each time.

Register with Your Country’s Embassy

This is a step I never usually did before, but one I’ll be doing every time in the future! I was “one of those” people who got stranded abroad in a foreign country when the world started closing borders in response to Covid-19. I always thought registering with the local embassy for my country was a waste of time, but this turned out to be the best way to get up-to-date information on the situation. After missing out on crucial info once, I signed up. And it’s thanks to that I was able to eventually get home!

You never know what could happen when you are abroad, whether that is a pandemic, weather-related disaster, local protests, or political tensions. It’s near-impossible to keep up with your foreign destination’s news while traveling. So registering with your embassy is an easy way to get a simple email for key things you should know . For Americans, this program to register is called the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) , but other countries have pretty much the same thing.

Get Travel Insurance

I’m not sure I believe “everyone” should “always” get travel insurance. But for a first trip abroad, it’s worth considering. I typically never purchased it when I traveled places I knew well. But these days, as I’m no longer on my parents’ good insurance, and as I travel mostly solo, I do purchase travel insurance. It often only costs a couple dollars a day , and usually covers lost baggage, medical visits for accidents or illnesses, theft, and more. Especially if you are planning adrenaline activities or traveling somewhere distant, you should consider it! 

What Do You Think About My International Travel Guide?

And there ya have it, folks! Are you feeling prepared for your international trip! I hope this guide was helpful. If you still have more questions before your trip abroad, definitely comment below and I’ll answer. Or, if you have any advice you think I missed that others should know, please also comment below!

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Hi Brittany,

It’s really up to personal preference, your destination, and your trip length/time of year. Even within Europe, the roads will be varied. Will you be walking, or taking cabs/ubers to your accommodation? Will you be in a hilly and/or cobblestone historical center, or a more modern city? Will you be packing a lot due to a long trip length or needing winter gear? Will you be taking your things on any overnight hikes, or only staying in cities?

I’ve personally only ever traveled with a suitcase so far. I like that it’s healthier for my back and that it’s easy to open and rearrange things on the go, and that the case is durable for when I have to check it in (I have certain liquids I like). But others of course love backpacks. There are also combos (backpacks that open like suitcases and have wheels), but they tend to be carry-on size.

My general advice would be to pack as light as you can.

I hope that helps!

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How to Plan an International Trip: Practical Tips for Traveling Abroad

Posted on June 23, 2021

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If you’re wondering how to plan an international trip and feel overwhelmed, I completely understand. There are just so many details to think about when it comes to travel planning, especially international travel planning. Don’t worry, I’ve been planning trips overseas for years and I’ve perfected this art through arranging many trips abroad.

By following this easy, step-by-step plan, you’ll have the best international trip plans ever! You can apply this practical trip planning advice to any journey, pretty much anywhere in the world. You’ll need to mostly do the same things to prepare for travel anywhere you go. Within no time, you’ll be jet setting across the world!

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How to plan an international trip

If you’re looking for how to plan a trip overseas, you’re in luck. Here are some of the basics that we’ll cover in this article that will help with your international travel planning:

  • Choosing a destination and the basics
  • Booking your flight, accommodations, and transportation
  • Researching your itinerary
  • Choosing travel insurance
  • Creating a packing list and luggage
  • Last minute details before you go

Table of Contents

How to Plan an International Trip: Destination, Length of Trip, Budget

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There’s no shortage of places in the world where I want to travel. So many places, so little time! You probably already have a destination in mind. I’ve chosen countries in the world to visit based on a number of factors. There might be a personal connection, it might be somewhere I’ve always wanted to travel, or perhaps a good deal pops up that I can’t refuse.

Choosing a Destination

You might have a vague idea of where you want to go, but you’re not entirely sure. Thinking about visiting Europe? Check out the most beautiful cities in Europe for some inspiration. Want to base your trip around an activity, like snorkeling? Here are the top snorkeling spots in the Caribbean for some travel inspo.

You might be traveling as a digital nomad and working as you go. I wrote this guide about teaching English abroad from anywhere in the world, and I’ve listed some great locations to establish a temporary home base.

I usually choose a destination based on advice from friends, articles I’ve read on travel blogs, and photos I’ve seen on Instagram and Pinterest. I’ve also chosen destinations before based purely upon finding an incredible flight deal.

You’ll also want to consider the time of year you are traveling. Some destinations are wonderful during some seasons…and not so much during others. For instance, you might not want to travel somewhere during the rainy season or hurricane season. On the other hand, some destinations get so busy during the summer months that you’ll be battling crowds and overinflated prices. It’s important to do your research in this regard, too.

How Long Will You Travel

This will vary for everyone. You might be looking to plan a getaway for a week or two, or you could be traveling for longer. If you have a gap year or career break, you’ll have lots of time to travel from place to place.

Once you decide the length of your trip, you might want to think about how many places or countries you want to visit. Can you establish a home base and travel from there? Maybe you want to do some country hopping? Do you prefer slow travel and want to experience one place for a longer amount of time?

Plan Your Budget and Save for the Trip

Budgeting is always key. You don’t want to run out of money on your trip. Decide how much money you have for travel and how much you can save for your trip. If you’re looking for advice on saving money, I have lots of fantastic tips for saving money to travel .

When you’re thinking about how to plan a trip overseas, your budget will be one main consideration and it might even influence the destination itself. Countries in Southeast Asia are notoriously inexpensive, whereas Scandinavian countries come at a premium price.

Passport, Visa Requirements, Vaccinations

Having a passport is crucial for traveling, so you’ll want to get your passport sorted out before you go anywhere. You’ll also want to make sure your passport doesn’t expire for six months or more before you travel (otherwise, you should renew it).

While obtaining a visa isn’t necessary for many international destinations for a Canadian (like us!) or Americans, there are many places where you will need to get a visa in advance. Some of these can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. However, you can get many in advance online, usually a month before you travel. I suggest doing the research on visas before you plan anything else. Then, remember to get the visa before you go!

Some countries will require certain vaccinations to enter the country. For example, Justin and I had to get our yellow fever shots before visiting Tanzania . I suggest seeing a doctor at a local travel clinic to get the correct vaccines in advance.

Travel Planning: Book the Flight

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The flight might be the most expensive part of your trip. But, it doesn’t have to break the budget. I’ve managed to score some pretty awesome deals by using travel price comparison websites when planning a holiday.

I’ve even jumped on deals at the spur of the moment, like the one I found between Toronto and New Zealand (round trip with only one stopover for $800 CDN!). It’s even possible to  find error fares  where there’s a mistake in the pricing, and you reap all the rewards.

My favorite website for comparing flights is  Skyscanner . Have you heard of Skyscanner before? It’s become quite popular and for excellent reasons. Skyscanner provides numerous ways to scour the web for the best savings on flights and travel, across airlines and third party sites. It’s the best way to go about booking the cheapest flight.

International Travel Planning: Book Accommodations

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Hotels are a big travel expense, too. Depending on the duration of your trip and the type of accommodation you seek, these overnight stays can quickly add up. That’s why I always look for my hotels on  Booking.com .

I can quickly search for the city or town I’m visiting and see the price of every hotel. Plus, I can book the hotel without any strings attached. If I need to cancel my stay, I can do so without any additional costs. I love the flexibility of Booking.com.

For those on a tighter budget (or if you love hostels), I suggest beginning your search on Hostel World . You’ll find amazing, top rated hostels from around the world. The benefit of staying in hostels? You’ll be able to meet fellow travelers much easier – and save money.

Once you find a fantastic hotel, be sure to compare it to the  reviews on Tripadvisor  to make sure you’re staying in a highly recommended accommodation.

Book Transportation (Train Tickets, Car Rental)

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Getting from point A to point B is an important consideration. If you are traveling to Iceland , Ireland , or New Zealand , you should consider a road trip. Renting a car will help you visit so many more places that public transportation doesn’t reach.

However, if you’re planning a Euro trip, train travel is one of the best ways to go. You could even fly from place to place, depending on the destinations. Justin and I usually travel either by car or train to get around, and we take public transportation within a city (or walk!).

Traveling By Car

Did you know that you can use travel price comparison websites for car rentals, too? Renting a car for epic road trips spanning a couple of weeks can cost thousands of dollars. Thankfully, you can  search for car rentals  on Discover Cars.

Type in your pickup location and choose from popular brands and companies for your car hire, including all both popular chain companies and local car hire services. This helps you compare prices for the cheapest and most reliable options. Also, if you’re taking a road trip, check out our road trip packing list for a safe and comfortable journey.

Traveling By Train

Thinking about traveling by train? Train travel is awesome, especially around Europe. We usually take the train if we’re in Europe as it’s really easy to get from place to place. If you’re spending a lot of time in Europe, you should consider getting a Eurail Pass . You’ll travel around with ease and save money, too.

If you’re visiting Italy, you’ll likely use ItaliaRail to get around. I suggest buying train tickets in Italy as soon as possible. ItaliaRail tends to list them four months ahead of the travel date. The earlier you purchase your train tickets, the more likely it is that you’ll get a better deal. We bought many two-for-one train tickets this way.

Airport Transfers

I love to book my airport transfers ahead of time, or at least figure out how to get from the airport to the city. After a long flight (usually they’re overnight flights, too), the last thing I want to do is struggle with my airport transfers.

This information is usually found pretty easily by Googling it online. Rome2Rio is also a great resource for sorting out how to get from one place to the next, too.

Get Travel Insurance

Getting travel insurance is one of the most important things you can do before you plan any international trip. We highly recommend that you choose SafetyWing for your travel insurance needs.

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SafetyWing has a fantastic product called Nomad Insurance . It’s perfect for those traveling long term and short term. This insurance includes medical insurance (illness, accidents, etc.) and travel insurance (trip delay, lost luggage, natural disasters, emergency response, and more). Take a look at the graphic below for even more specific details about what’s covered with Nomad Insurance.

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In terms of Covid-19, SafetyWing has got you covered. Nomad Insurance covers Covid-19 treatment and unexpected quarantine outside of your home country. Coverage is the same as any other illness, just as long as it wasn’t contracted before your coverage start date.

Travel Insurance Resources

Borderless is a fantastic resource where you’ll be able to track travel restrictions, border openings and closures, and global vaccination rates. It’s updated regularly and you can sign up for email alerts to keep yourself in the know.

Here is a global directory for insurance requirements by country . This takes specific insurance restrictions by country and makes it easy to read and digest. Usually, this information is scattered in several places online and it’s hard to navigate. It’s a good idea to take a look at this directory before you travel anywhere.

Please feel free to check out our travel insurance guide for even more information on the various kinds of insurance abroad, and why you need to protect yourself when you go overseas.

Research and Plan the Itinerary

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Now, for the fun part! When you’re coming up with how to plan an international trip, the itinerary is the best part. It’s time to research and plan your itinerary. I create spreadsheets and maps for my travels. I’ll figure out all of the things that I want to do in a place and list them out. Then, I’ll organize them by day, making sure not to pack too many things into one day.

When it comes to certain cities, I’ll make a Google Map and place markers for the attractions, cafes, restaurants, and more. Then, I’ll know how to get there when I’m out and about.

Plan the Best Things to Do, Activities, Attractions

There are so many ways to research the best activities, attractions, and things to do in a place. Be sure to check out our travel blog’s destinations page to see if we’ve visited as I create detailed itinerary posts so you can “steal” my trip!

Once you decide what you’d like to do, see if you have to book tickets or tours ahead of time. For tours and tickets, I usually order them ahead of time on Viator or Get Your Guide . Sometimes you can find “city pass” tickets where you’ll get huge discounts for local attractions, public transportation, and more. These are almost always worth the cost.

Find Recommended Restaurants, Coffee Shops

As I follow a vegan diet, it’s even more important that I make sure there’s excellent plant-based meals where I’m going. I will usually research by looking up vegan travel blog posts and using the Happy Cow app.

Once I find the restaurants and cafes that I’d like to visit, I place them on my Google Map and in my spreadsheet (making note of restaurant hours and location). I usually don’t plan the restaurants too much unless it’s one that I really want to visit. When I get hungry, I’ll look at my map and see which restaurant marker is closest to where I’m standing.

Create a Packing List

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A packing list will depend on where you’re going, how long, and the weather. A winter trip will be much more difficult than a summer trip. And if you’re traveling between different climates in the same trip, it’s even tougher!

Bring only what you feel is necessary because you don’t want to be weighed down. You also might end up buying some clothes on your trip, especially if you visit a country where clothing is far cheaper.

Checked Bags or Carry On Only?

There are advantages and disadvantages to going with carry-on luggage only or checked bags. Bringing a checked bag will allow you to bring a lot more things. But, you will have to lug that bag around with you and you will have to pay extra fees to check it at the airport (and wait at the luggage carousel).

Carry on only is awesome because you won’t need to carry many things, plus you won’t need to check any bags. But, you’ll need to bring less items and less liquids on the plane (big bottles of shampoo are out!).

My advice? Carry as little as possible, do laundry while you’re abroad, and do what you feel is right. Don’t think you can fit all of your belongings into a carry-on bag? Bring a wheeled suitcase! There’s nothing wrong with it, and there’s no shame in it. You’re not any less of a traveler if you bring luggage with you!

With that said, I highly recommend checking out this special carry on bag by Standard Luggage . It’s the very best carry-on bag I’ve ever used. It’s designed for the traveler in mind. You can fit so much into it and it still fits in the overhead compartment. Get your Standard Luggage bag here .

What to Pack

I won’t go into too much detail about clothing. I love bringing a few pieces that you can mix and match outfits, like black leggings and flowy tops. Bring a dress or two for evenings out. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes if you’re walking around a lot. Even if you don’t think you’ll be swimming, it never hurts to pack a bathing suit. It doesn’t take up much space, and you never know!

We have lots of packing tips on our blog if you’re looking for more details. I suggest making a packing list ahead of time so you know exactly what you’ll need. Aside from clothing, here are a few things you’ll want to consider bringing:

  • Universal travel adapter
  • Reusable water bottle (GRAYL is the best for filtering water from anywhere!)
  • Packing cubes
  • Portable power bank (to charge phones and devices on the go)
  • Travel locks for your luggage and belongings

Last Minute Details Before You Leave

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Depending on your situation, you’ll need to sort out some last minute details before you head out on your trip. When you’re thinking about how to plan an international trip, don’t forget these small details before you leave home.

For instance, as we have two cats, we have to arrange for their care while we’re away. You might need someone to check in on your house or plants.

Make Copies of Your Passport

I always recommend making photocopies of your passport before you leave home. Store this separately from your passport. It’s a good idea to have a copy of your passport in case it gets lost or stolen on your journey.

Call Your Credit Card Company and Your Bank

Notify your bank and credit card companies before you travel. I once had a situation with my credit card overseas. The credit card company said that they no longer needed to be informed when I traveled. Unfortunately, my credit card stopped working in Sweden and I was unable to buy anything (most places didn’t seem to accept cash either!).

I had to wait until my credit card company was available to chat (not until hours later as they’re located in North America) and I couldn’t use my card until later that day. The situation could have been a lot worse, but it was very annoying to have to deal with it all on my trip.

Local SIM Card or Travel Wi-Fi Device

It’s always a good idea to get a local SIM card or a travel Wi-Fi device. You don’t want to rely exclusively on Wi-Fi for your phone because it might be unavailable. Having a local SIM card or a travel Wi-Fi device means that you’ll have access to information on your phone when you’re away. Whether it’s directions on Google Maps or looking up any last minute information, you’ll need it more than you think!

If it’s a country where local data is cheap, pick up a SIM card at the airport when you arrive. You might also be able to stop by a local shop in the city that you’re visiting. You’ll need to make sure your phone is unlocked before using any other SIM cards.

I personally love the TravelWifi portable devices . You can buy or rent their portable Wi-Fi devices in advance. Then, you’ll get unlimited data while you travel. These are the absolute best when we’re traveling around Europe because they continue to work as we hop from country to country. Your phone doesn’t need to be unlocked to connect to a portable hotspot either.

Get Local Currency

You might want to get local currency ahead of time if you can find a good exchange rate. Don’t exchange currency at the airport because you’ll get the worst rates there. It’s always a good idea to travel with cash. While you can use your credit card in many places, cash is the best method of payment in other spots.

When you’re planning international long term travel, you’ll likely end up taking money out from an ATM machine. Choosing a bank that’s a member of the Global ATM Alliance will help you avoid some of the fees. When you take out money from a member bank, you won’t be charged any ATM withdrawal fees. Canadian banks will almost always charge a 2.5% currency conversion fee.

Inform the Embassy and Your Family About Your Trip

Make sure that you notify your local embassy about your travel plans so they have them on file. In the USA, you can enroll in STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program). In Canada, you can sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

Email a copy of your itinerary to some family members so they know where you are when you’re traveling overseas. Let them know your flight details, hotel details, and how to get in touch with you. You might have an emergency situation or there might be an emergency back home. It’s good to be able to stay in touch and have a clear line of communication for these situations.

The ultimate guide to planning an international trip! If you're looking to plan a trip abroad, these are all the things you need to do before you go. You'll plan the most amazing trip overseas by following this practical advice!

Lauren is the full-time travel blogger and content creator behind Justin Plus Lauren. She started Justin Plus Lauren in 2013 and has travelled to 50+ countries around the world. Lauren is an expert on vegan travel as one of the very first vegan travel bloggers. She also focuses on outdoor adventure travel, eco and sustainable travel, and creating amazing travel itineraries for cities and small towns.

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7 Steps to Planning an International Trip in 2024

Your international trip is an exciting adventure waiting to unfold. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or planning your first international trip, proper planning is the key to a successful and memorable experience. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to plan the trip of your dreams, from how to choose a destination all the way to the best ways to book accommodation. Follow this 7-step checklist to plan your next vacation abroad.

1) Choose your destination based on your interests

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The first step in planning your international trip is perhaps the most exciting step: choosing your destination. If you struggle with the sheer volume of places to see in the world and you don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. As seasoned travelers, our advice for how to choose your holiday destination is to decide what kind of holiday you want. Are you longing for a nature-oriented escape, a bustling city break, an adventurous trek, a deep dive into a new culture, or one special place that encapsulates several of these qualities? Take some time to reflect on your interests, passions, and what you want to get out of your trip.

2) The details matter

Once you’ve settled on the kind of holiday you want, it’s time to delve into the details:

  • Choose the right season: Consider the weather and climate of your chosen destination during your travel dates. Do you prefer sunny beaches or snow-covered landscapes? Make sure the season aligns with your preferences.
  • Set a budget: Determine how much you’re willing to spend on your international adventure. Be realistic about your financial capabilities and plan your trip accordingly. Remember to account for flights, accommodation , meals, day tours , activities, and souvenirs.
  • Select your mode of transportation: Decide on how you want to travel—by land, sea, air, or even a combination. Each mode of transportation offers a unique experience and has its own constraints, so choose what suits your preferences and schedule.

3) Decide between a package trip or independent travel

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The next crucial decision in planning your international trip is whether to opt for a package tour, independent travel, or something in between. Let’s explore the benefits of each:

Benefits of Package Tours:

  • Convenience: Package tours often include everything from accommodation to guided tours and meals, making your trip hassle-free.
  • Expertise: You’ll have the advantage of local planners and guides who know the destination inside out, which is great for travelers who know where they want to travel to, but don’t know what to do when they get there.
  • Group camaraderie: Joining a group tour can be a great way to meet like-minded travelers and make new friends.

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Benefits of Independent Travel:

  • Flexibility: Independent travel allows you to create your own itinerary and explore at your own pace.
  • Authenticity: You have the freedom to immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with locals, and discover hidden gems.
  • Personalization: Tailor your trip to your specific interests and preferences, making it a truly unique experience.

Something in the Middle:

If you’re looking for the security and benefits of a package tour while still having freedom and authentically experiencing the country you’re visiting, this custom trip builder is the tool for you. With the ability to decide on tours and cities based on the travel vibes you desire, the option to move around days, add multiple cities to one trip, and get expert recommendations on which hotel to book, planning an international trip is easier than ever before – and takes just three minutes to do! At the end of the journey builder, you’ll have the option to book everything on the spot, in one simple payment.

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4) Organize a visa if needed and travel documents

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Depending on your nationality and your chosen destination, you may require a visa. Research the visa requirements well in advance and ensure you have all the necessary travel documents, including your passport, travel insurance, and any permits or vaccinations required. Check out our visa advice for the following popular destinations: Jordan , Morocco , China , Vietnam , UAE , and India . Make sure to check any country’s official entry guidelines before you book your vacation.

5) Book your flights

With your destination and travel dates in mind, it’s time to book your flights. Be on the lookout for deals and discounts to make the most of your budget. Consider using flight comparison websites or consulting with travel agents to find the best options. Our top tip is to look at airports near your desired destination and consider taking transport to your final destination once you get there. Don’t be scared of taking multiple stops, and even booking with multiple airlines and doing self-transfers. While slightly more hassle, this can sometimes save you lots of money if you’re traveling on a tight budget.

6) Book your accommodation and tours

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Now that your flights are sorted, it’s time to secure your accommodation and tours . When booking accommodation , it’s key to find the balance between budget, location, and amenities. A good tip is to look at a map and see how close the hotel is from the main attractions you’ll want to see, and then do a quick search on the neighborhood to check safety and transport options. Similarly for day tours, you’ll want to make sure the tour you choose is in the style you want and appropriate for you and your group.

The ‘ Create My Journey ‘ bookable itinerary trip builder is a game-changer in this step. This innovative tool helps you build a bookable personalized itinerary. Not only are the tours and activities automatically aligned with your interests, but the tool will recommend you hotels based on your budget and desired comfort level from a list of more than 3,000 curated hotels globally. It’s the ideal solution for savvy travelers who want the freedom of independent travel with the security and convenience of a pre-planned trip.

7) Pack your bags and enjoy your trip!

The final step is packing your bags and embarking on your international adventure. Make a checklist to ensure you have all the essentials, including your travel documents, clothing suitable for the climate, toiletries, and any specific items required for your activities.

As you set off on your journey, remember that the key to a successful international trip in 2024 lies in careful planning and thoughtful decision-making. Whether you choose a package tour , independent travel, or create a personalized bookable itinerary , Tourist Journey can help you plan the perfect international trip to your preferences and interests. So, go ahead, explore the world, and make unforgettable memories in 2024. Safe travels!

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Planning for an international trip, or any trip with multiple destinations for that matter, can get pretty complicated. People often ask me how to plan an international trip.

There’s a lot to think about and to plan for when you’re booking the trip and when you’re starting to plan before you even start packing. You need to make sure you have certain things prepared for any trip.

If you’re traveling for more than a few days or a week and encounter a range of temperatures and weather while you’re away, it can get even more complex.

Also, you may be doing certain activities where you need certain clothing or gear. These things can take up more real estate in your bag.

I started pulling this together when I was preparing to plan my ten-day trip to Portugal, so I decided to take some notes on my process. Here are some of the things to think about to help you plan what to pack for your trip.

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Considerations for How to Plan an International Trip

I have traveled internationally many times, more than 50 as of the current count, so I’m fairly used to doing this. There’s a lot to think about before an international trip, and some things you need to do or get take time.

Here are ten things to consider when you’re planning an international trip:

  • Where are you going?
  • Are there any country requirements like securing a visa or vaccinations?
  • Are you current with your medical, including doctor’s visits and medication?
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bookings for hotels, cars, tours, etc.
  • Electronics
  • How long will your flight(s) be?
  • Do you plan to carry on only or check a bag?
  • What type of trip is this? For example, is it a city excursion or a backpacking trip?
  • Do you have arrangements made for your life at home, including taking care of your pets or any other commitments?

Depending on your answers to some of the above items, there may be a lot of additional things to consider. They are a great starting point, and they are how I begin to plan my trip. You may add additional questions that help you.

What I Think About When I Plan My Trip

Some of the first things to think about with pre-trip planning hinge on where you are going and where you currently live. This can be a bit more complex if you go to multiple countries.

You should consider each of these things for each location you are visiting. Here are some of the different areas to consider.

1. Choose Your Destination

The first step for any trip is choosing where you will go.

2. Entry Requirements

Not all countries require visas from U.S. citizens for entry , though many do. In some cases, you must do this in advance, and in others, you can get a visa-on-entry at the airport.

This will vary based on your nationality. So, some countries may require a visa for citizens of certain countries, but not all.

In the United States, the State Department is the official resource for this information. You can learn more on a variety of websites. This site offers quick visa checks and can be a good first place to look, though I would still verify with the State Department (if you are a U.S. citizen).

Check the country government where you have citizenship to learn your requirements. It can take some time to get a visa. Sometimes, it will require mailing your passport, so leave adequate time for this.

A visa impacts your entry to the country or countries you’re visiting and may impact your stay. Many countries limit how long people can stay on a tourist visa.

So, if you plan to stay for more than a few weeks, make sure you also check how long you’re allowed to stay to ensure you don’t overstay your welcome. The consequences may vary by country, including fines, jail time, and an inability to return.

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3. Medical Considerations

Before you travel, assessing your medical situation is a good idea. Are you feeling well, and are there any things you should discuss with your doctor? If you have been putting something off instead of seeing your doctor, now’s the time to take care of it.

That nagging pain in your foot or those headaches. They can become a major issue when traveling, so it’s better to take care of them before you go.

You may be on a plane for a while, so it’s a good idea to think about that if you have a hard time physically. I had an issue a few years ago, and my calves swelled up badly. I had major “cankles!”

It was not attractive in the least and was quite uncomfortable. I now wear compression socks during long flights and have meds just in case that’s not enough. (Thankfully, it has been).

Do you have enough medications to cover your trip and a little time after? Take stock of your prescription to ensure you have enough meds to carry you through.

Are you going somewhere you can’t (or shouldn’t) drink the water? You may want to consider bringing some meds for traveler’s diarrhea, just in case. And while you do that, bring some cold meds in case you need those too.

I have been to a pharmacy in several countries where I didn’t speak the language. It can be loads of fun explaining what you need to a pharmacist. (Charades, anyone? Achoo!)

Vaccinations

Vaccines may sometimes be recommended when you go to a certain country. For example, countries with a high rate of malaria or typhoid fever. These are sometimes developing countries though not always, and it’s important you do your homework in advance. I check the requirements for every country before I go.

In the United States, this information is available on the CDC website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). They recommend going to a travel clinic for the vaccines, which can provide you with the same information.

Before going to a travel clinic, I usually check the CDC site first to see what is recommended. This way, it saves the trip if nothing is recommended or I already have what is.

Vaccines can be costly. However, getting sick can be even more costly. Travel insurance is a great thing to keep you safe in case you get sick. But better to prevent it instead.

Some vaccines last a long time or possibly even a lifetime, like for Hepatitis A and B. Others last while you are taking the meds, like malaria prophylactic, or for a few years, like typhoid or tetanus. A travel clinic can advise you on the recommended vaccines and the protocols.

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Preventatives

And it’s not just about medication as well. If you are going to a country with a high incidence of malaria or yellow fever, the travel clinic will advise you about precautions to take for prevention.

I learned about topicals like picaridin to avoid mosquito bites and permethrin , to spray on clothes. I have an intolerance to deet, commonly used to deter bugs, so it was good to learn about the various other options available.

4. Travel Insurance

I know I have mentioned before, but I never used to buy travel insurance. To be honest, it never crossed my mind until I met two women in Thailand who shared horror stories.

One ended up with dengue, a mosquito-borne illness, and was hospitalized for a week. The other fell and broke a bone, requiring surgery.

I was a bit paranoid for the rest of that trip, but I have bought travel insurance for all international trips since then. It’s worth it, even if only for the peace of mind.

And they don’t usually only cover medical, but they often cover things like trip interruption, loss of luggage, and other things.

Thankfully, I have never had to file a claim, but I’m grateful to have it and not worry about it. I don’t often get it for domestic trips as I do have medical coverage that would protect me, though it’s not a bad idea to consider it.

I have purchased it sometimes for domestic trips, though not consistently.

5. Bookings

This one may depend on whether you book things in advance. You’ll book your flight before you head out on your adventure, but it may be a good idea to book accommodation as well—at least for your first night.

I’m not the kind of person to leave that to chance, so I have always booked places for the duration of my trip before I head out. Though, I have never (yet!) been able to do long-term travel. This will change down the road as I do longer trips and even permanent travel.

It’s a good idea either to book in advance or look into available options. If you wait, you may get stuck paying a lot more for a place because you’re in a crunch.

I’ll be very curious to see what I think about this in a few years when I take “ my flying leap ” to travel around the world and live abroad.

6. Power Adapters and Voltage

An example of something you need to think about before you start packing is power adapters and voltage. Countries have their own standards for both. Power adapters are sometimes needed because the plug on your electronics may be a different size and shape from the standard for where you are going.

If you have heard of trying to get a square peg in a round hole, it’s the same idea. You simply won’t be able to use your electronics if you don’t have the right adapter, so it’s a good idea to check beforehand.

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Voltage Converters

Also, some countries have different power voltages. In the United States, where I’m from, 120 volts is the standard. Some countries have 220 or even 240 volts and you don’t want to fry your hairdryer or your phone by not checking.

In some cases, you may need a power converter; in others, the item can adjust. For example, my iPhone doesn’t require a converter to 240 volts. Other phones may require it.

It’s important to check any electrical equipment you plan to bring to ensure it works properly where you are going. Some examples are a hairdryer, hair appliances like curling irons and straighteners, phones, laptops, and tablets. Anything you need to plug in should be checked to ensure you can use it where you are going.

You might be able to get an adapter and a converter (if needed) at your destination, but it’s not a good idea to count on it, especially if you’re going to a small city or really rural geography. They likely won’t have them. And you don’t know if what you buy will work.

When I went to Morocco, I “gifted” a hotel I stayed in with my adapter. I went to a shop and was thrilled to find they had one, only to learn it didn’t fit my plug correctly. This was a real challenge to recharge my electronics, and I had to borrow from others until I could find one that worked.

Before I started packing, I started planning my trip. I think about how long my flight(s) will be and how many flights I have. This helps you to consider what goes in your smaller carry-on bag for in-flight entertainment and comfort.

For example, if I’m flying for an hour, I don’t care much about what is in my bag that will go under the seat in front of me. If I’m on a long-haul flight, I want to be sure I have a jacket or sweater, chapstick, and lots of entertainment.

Another thing I consider is my connection times. If I need to sprint through an airport with a tight connection, I may be a little more careful about how I pack. I’ll make sure anything I need is either in my smaller carry-on or, ideally, in a pocket of one of my bags that I can easily access.

Also, I’ll make sure I have my phone charger handy and my battery backup just in case to make sure I don’t lose access to my phone during the flight and the connection.

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8. Bags to Pack

I prefer to carry on only and usually bring a backpack/shoulder bag and a roller bag. Since it’s important to me, considering what I’m packing and the bags I bring are important as I plan my trip.

I like this as I have my bag on my person at all times, so losing luggage isn’t an issue (unless I’m required to check it due to space on the flight or miserably small overhead bins).

Though I prefer to have my things on me, this does mean lugging more through the airport than you would need to if you checked a bag. That means you want what you bring to be compact (and not have a bunch of dangly bits off the bags) and light.

You need to lift your bag over your head to place it in the overhead bin, so make sure it’s light enough for you to lift. Or that you feel comfortable asking for help.

9. Type of Trip

What you will pack and how will largely depend on the type of trip it is and where you are going (including the climate). When I went to Dubrovnik, many of the streets and sidewalks were covered with cobblestones.

They are beautiful, but they are a bear with roller bags. My hand was numb by the time I got to our place.

On my group tour to Morrocco , the tour company suggested using a backpack as we’d be frequently traveling. Also, some areas had uneven sidewalks, no elevators, etc. I packed my convertible roller bag that converts to a backpack as needed.

Though it’s not as comfortable as a backpack, it makes the trip for short stints and really comes in handy.

Often, on city trips, having a roller bag is a bit more convenient. And if you’re planning a camping trip, nothing beats a backpack. And this goes beyond the type of bag but also the things you’ll pack.

You probably don’t need your hairdryer on a camping trip. I certainly didn’t bring mine when we went on the Havasupai Falls hike , but my jet boil and inflatable air mattress sure came in handy.

Give some thought to the type of trip, including where you are going and what you are doing.

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10. Taking Care of Life at Home

Before heading out on your adventure, you’ll want to think about your life at home and ensure you’re prepared. Do you need someone to water your plants or check on your house?

How are you making sure your children and pets are cared for properly? Do you have a pet sitter, or are you boarding your animals? Making sure your animals have the care they need while you’re gone is an important part of travel.

How about any services you have? If you have someone come to mow the lawn or clean your pool, you’ll need to either delay service or make sure they can access your place when you’re not home.

You may also want to let a trusted neighbor or nearby friend know so they can check on your place while you’re gone.

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How to Pack Strategically

It’s a careful balance, making sure you have the things you need without packing too much. It’s so easy to overpack!

One thing I do is lay out everything that I am considering packing and evaluate it in terms of space as well as need. Once it’s all laid out in one area, it’s much easier to see where you may have more than you need.

I wrote a helpful post on how to pack for two weeks in a carry-on that shares my process and a suggested packing list that you’ll want to adapt for the specifics of your trip.

International Trip Planning Doesn’t Have to be Difficult

These are some of the things I think about every time I plan my trip. It’s thinking through these different areas that help me plan my trip and think about anything I might have missed.

It takes a lot of work to plan for a trip—not just booking everything but determining what you need to pack and prepare.

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How Far in Advance Should You Plan an International Trip? Expert Advice

Planning an international adventure? Wondering when to kickstart the process? You’re in the right place! Effective planning is your ticket to a stress-free journey, and we’re here with tips to guide you. Let’s explore the ideal timing for your dream vacation abroad.

Factors to Consider:

  • Destination’s Peak Seasons: Research when your chosen destination experiences high tourist traffic. For popular spots, early planning secures the best deals and avoids last-minute letdowns.
  • Holiday or Special Event: If your trip aligns with holidays or special events, initiate planning even earlier. Prices surge, and availability dwindles during these busy periods.
  • Visa, Vaccinations, and Permits: Check for essential travel prerequisites like visas, vaccinations, or permits. These often require time to arrange, ensuring a seamless entry into your destination.

By initiating your international trip planning well in advance, whether you’re exploring historic ruins, relaxing on pristine beaches, or immersing yourself in vibrant city life, you gain time for research, price comparisons, and meticulous arrangements. The result? An unforgettable, hassle-free vacation. Bon voyage!

When planning an international trip, it’s recommended to start planning at least 6-12 months in advance. This allows for ample time to research, compare prices, and book accommodations and flights at the best rates. Additionally, it gives you enough time to apply for visas and gather any necessary travel documents. By planning ahead, you can also take advantage of early-bird deals and discounts. So, start your planning early to ensure a smooth and stress-free international trip!

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How Far in Advance Should You Plan an International Trip?

Planning an international trip can be an exciting experience, but it requires careful consideration and strategic timing. Embarking on an international adventure involves a myriad of considerations. Among the most common queries is the pivotal one: “When should I start planning my international trip?” This article delves deep into this inquiry, equipping you with the knowledge and insights essential for effective trip planning

The Benefits of Planning Ahead

Planning your international trip well in advance offers numerous benefits that can enhance your travel experience. Want to conquer the whole world?  Here’s why starting your planning process early is a smart move:

1. Unlocking Savings: Early birds catch the best deals on flights and accommodations. Airlines often release their lowest fares months before departure, leading to substantial savings. By booking in advance, your wallet stays happy.

2. Securing Prime Accommodations: Popular tourist hotspots tend to fill up fast, especially during peak travel times. Planning ahead ensures you secure your ideal lodging, preventing last-minute scrambling for a place to stay.

3. In-Depth Destination Exploration: Advance planning grants you the luxury of thorough destination research. You can uncover hidden gems, unique attractions, and local experiences off the beaten path. Crafting a detailed itinerary ensures you make the most of your time and don’t miss out on must-see sights.

4. Peace of Mind: Avoid the stress of last-minute arrangements and unexpected hiccups.When all your bookings and logistics align seamlessly before your international journey, you open the door to pure enjoyment and immersion in the local culture.

In essence, early planning isn’t merely a financial strategy; it’s the cornerstone of an enriched travel experience. It ensures you optimize every moment, relishing a stress-free adventure. Thus, initiate your preparations ahead of time and savor every precious moment of your international voyage!

Booking Flights and Accommodations

When it comes to booking flights and accommodations for your international trip, timing is crucial. For flights, the general rule of thumb is to book 3-6 months in advance for the best deals. However, this can vary depending on the airline, destination, and time of year. It’s crucial to monitor prices and set fare alerts to catch any promotional fares.

As for accommodations, it’s best to book as early as possible to secure the best options. Popular hotels and vacation rentals can fill up quickly, especially during peak travel seasons. Aim to book at least 6 months in advance, but if you are traveling to a highly sought-after destination, a year in advance may be necessary.

In addition to flights and accommodations, don’t forget to plan for transportation within your destination and any activities or tours you wish to experience. Research the best time to book these services and make your reservations accordingly.

Tips for Efficient Trip Planning

Now that you understand the importance of planning ahead for your international trip, here are some useful tips to ensure your planning process is efficient and stress-free:

  • Create a detailed itinerary with a list of must-see attractions, landmarks, and activities.
  • Research the weather and seasons at your destination to pack appropriate clothing and plan outdoor activities accordingly.
  • Check the entry requirements for your destination, including visas, passports, and vaccinations, and ensure you have all the necessary documentation.
  • Set a budget for your trip and research the average costs of accommodation, transportation, meals, and activities at your destination.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself from unexpected situations, such as trip cancellations or medical emergencies.
  • Stay flexible and open-minded in your planning process. Allow room for spontaneity and unexpected discoveries.

Planning well in advance for your international journey is a smart strategy. It enables you to access the best deals, discover unique experiences, and reduce stress throughout your adventure. When determining the ideal planning timeframe, factors like the time of year, your chosen destination, and the length of your trip come into play. To ensure a seamless experience, remember to book flights and accommodations early, thoroughly research entry requirements, and create a well-structured itinerary. This careful preparation will set the stage for a memorable and hassle-free international travel experience.

Key Takeaways: How Far in Advance Should You Plan an International Trip?

  • Planning an international trip at least 6-8 months in advance is recommended.
  • Booking flights and accommodations early can help you secure better prices and availability.
  • Researching visa requirements and applying for necessary documents should be done well in advance.
  • Creating a detailed itinerary and researching local customs and traditions is important before traveling.
  • It’s essential to have travel insurance in case of any unforeseen circumstances during your trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you planning an international trip? Wondering how much time in advance you should start planning? Check out these commonly asked questions to help you figure out the best timing for your travels.

How early should you start planning an international trip?

The ideal timeframe to start planning an international trip is around 3 to 6 months in advance. This allows you enough time to research and compare prices for flights, accommodations, and activities. By starting early, you can also take advantage of early booking discounts and secure the best deals.

Additionally, planning ahead gives you enough time to get your travel documents in order, such as applying for visas or renewing your passport if needed. It also allows you to create a detailed itinerary, ensuring you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions or experiences at your destination.

What factors should I consider when deciding how far in advance to plan?

When deciding how far in advance to plan your international trip, there are a few factors to consider. Firstly, the popularity and seasonality of your destination. If you’re traveling to a popular tourist spot or during peak season, it’s advisable to start planning earlier to secure your preferred accommodations and avoid price hikes.

Secondly, the complexity of your trip. If you’re planning a multi-country itinerary or want to participate in specific events or festivals, it’s best to start planning well in advance to ensure everything aligns smoothly. Lastly, consider your personal preferences and flexibility. If you’re someone who likes to have everything organized ahead of time, starting early will give you peace of mind.

Can you plan an international trip with short notice?

While it’s possible to plan an international trip with short notice, it may come with certain challenges. Last-minute bookings can be more expensive, especially for flights and accommodations. Popular hotels or tour operators may be fully booked, limiting your options.

For those with flexible schedules and a sense of adventure, the allure of a last-minute trip can be irresistible. Spontaneity can lead to unexpected, thrilling experiences. To make the most of such journeys, stay open to changes in your itinerary and embrace the unknown. It’s in these unscripted moments that the true magic of spontaneous travel unfolds.

Is it better to plan an international trip during off-peak times?

Planning an international trip during off-peak times can have several advantages. Firstly, you’re likely to find cheaper flight tickets and accommodations, as prices tend to be lower when the demand is lower. Additionally, popular tourist attractions are usually less crowded, allowing you to enjoy a more relaxed and authentic experience.

However, it’s important to consider the weather conditions during off-peak times. Some destinations may have extreme weather or experience seasonal closures of certain attractions. Researching the climate and availability of activities is crucial to ensure you have a pleasant travel experience during off-peak times.

Should you plan an international trip differently based on the type of destination?

Yes, the type of destination should be an important factor when planning your international trip.Your choice of destination plays a pivotal role in trip planning. Consider these pointers:

  • Remote or Less-Developed Areas: For such destinations, early planning is vital. Secure permits and limited accommodations well in advance.
  • Bustling Cities or Popular Spots: Begin planning sooner to unlock diverse options and snag great deals.
  • Beach or Relaxing Getaway: Enjoy flexibility; plan closer to your preferred travel dates.

Your destination sets the rhythm of your planning, ensuring a tailored and memorable international journey.

How to Plan Your First International Trip in 2023

Planning your inaugural international journey in 2023? Here’s a succinct roadmap for a smooth adventure:

1. Research Visa Requirements: Start by understanding the visa requirements for your chosen destination. Some countries demand advance applications, while others offer visa-free entry. Ensure you have the necessary permits in order.

2. Accommodation and Flights: Book your accommodations and flights well in advance to secure the best deals. Airlines often release affordable fares several months ahead. Also, early bookings are crucial for popular destinations, especially during peak travel seasons.

3. Set a Budget: Determine your budget, including expenses for accommodation, transportation, activities, and meals. Having a clear financial plan will help you manage your spending during the trip.

4. Ideal Planning Window: Aim to start planning your trip around 3-4 months in advance. However, this timeline can vary based on your destination and peak travel periods. Some places may require even earlier planning.

5. Flexibility is Key: Stay flexible in your planning. Unexpected changes may occur, so it’s wise to have backup options and a contingency fund.

6. Stay Prepared: Prioritize travel insurance, document backups, and essential travel gear. Being prepared ensures you can handle unforeseen situations with ease.

In conclusion, meticulous planning and research are essential for a successful international trip in 2023. Be well-prepared, stay adaptable, and relish the experience of exploring new horizons. Happy travels!

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Planning an international trip can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first adventure abroad, careful planning is essential to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. In …

Written by: Johny D.

Published on: July 24, 2023

How To Plan An International Trip

Planning an international trip can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first adventure abroad, careful planning is essential to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. In this article, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of how to plan an international trip, from choosing your destination to enjoying your time abroad.

Choose your destination

The first step in planning an international trip is to choose your destination. Consider your interests, budget, and the time you have available for travel.

Research different countries and cities, and make a list of potential destinations that align with your preferences. Take into account factors such as weather, attractions, and cultural experiences.

Research visa requirements

Once you have chosen your destination, it is crucial to research the visa requirements for that country. Visit the official website of the country’s embassy or consulate to find accurate and up-to-date information.

Determine whether you need a visa, how long it takes to obtain one, and any specific requirements or documents you need to provide.

Check passport validity

Before traveling internationally, check the validity of your passport. Most countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date.

If your passport is nearing expiration, renew it well in advance to avoid any last-minute complications.

Research the best time to visit

Researching the best time to visit your chosen destination is essential for a memorable trip. Consider factors such as weather, peak tourist seasons, and local festivals or events.

This information will help you plan your trip around the most favorable conditions and ensure you make the most of your time abroad.

How To Plan An International Trip

Set a budget

Setting a budget is crucial when planning an international trip. Consider all expenses, including flights, accommodation, meals, transportation, activities, and souvenirs.

Research the cost of living in your destination and allocate funds accordingly. Be sure to leave room for unexpected expenses and emergencies.

Book flights

Once you have a destination and budget in mind, it’s time to book your flights. Use flight comparison websites to find the best deals and consider factors such as layovers, travel time, and airline reputation.

Be flexible with your travel dates to take advantage of lower fares.

Research accommodation options

Researching accommodation options is essential to find the best fit for your needs and budget. Consider factors such as location, amenities, and reviews from previous guests.

Compare prices and book your accommodation well in advance to secure the best deals and availability.

Plan your itinerary

Creating a detailed itinerary will help you make the most of your time abroad. Research popular attractions, landmarks, and activities in your destination.

Prioritize your must-see sights and allocate time for relaxation and exploration. Consider using online travel guides or apps to assist you in planning your itinerary.

Research local customs and etiquette

Understanding and respecting local customs and etiquette is essential when traveling internationally. Research the cultural norms, traditions, and social expectations of your destination.

This will help you navigate unfamiliar situations and show respect to the local community.

Learn basic phrases in the local language

Learning a few basic phrases in the local language can go a long way in enhancing your travel experience. Familiarize yourself with common greetings, thank you, please, and basic directions.

Locals appreciate the effort, and it can help you communicate effectively in various situations.

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Check travel advisories and safety precautions

Prior to your trip, check travel advisories and safety precautions for your destination. Visit the official website of your country’s foreign affairs department for the latest information.

Register your travel plans with your government’s embassy or consulate for added security.

Get travel insurance

Travel insurance is essential to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances such as medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost luggage.

Research different insurance providers and choose a policy that suits your needs. Ensure that your policy covers the activities and destinations you plan to engage in.

Make copies of important documents

Before departing, make copies of important documents such as your passport, visa, travel insurance policy, and itinerary. Keep these copies in a separate location from the originals, and share them with a trusted friend or family member. This will help in case of loss or theft.

Notify your bank and credit card companies

Notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans to avoid any issues with accessing funds or potential fraud alerts.

Provide them with your travel dates and destinations to ensure uninterrupted use of your cards. Consider carrying multiple forms of payment for added convenience.

Pack appropriately

Packing appropriately is essential for a comfortable and hassle-free trip. Consider the weather, activities, and cultural expectations of your destination. Make a checklist of essential items such as clothing, toiletries, medications, and electronics. Pack light and efficiently to avoid excess baggage fees and unnecessary stress.

Arrange transportation from the airport

Arranging transportation from the airport to your accommodation is crucial, especially if you are arriving late at night or in an unfamiliar city. Research transportation options such as airport shuttles, taxis, or public transportation. Book in advance if necessary to ensure a smooth arrival.

Inform someone of your travel plans

Before departing, inform a trusted friend or family member of your travel plans. Provide them with a copy of your itinerary, contact information, and any other relevant details.

Regularly check in with them during your trip to provide updates on your whereabouts and well-being.

Enjoy your trip!

Finally, it’s time to enjoy your international trip! Immerse yourself in the local culture, try new foods, and create lasting memories. Be open to new experiences and embrace the unexpected. Remember to stay safe, respect the local customs, and make the most of every moment.

Planning an international trip can be a complex process, but with careful preparation and attention to detail, it can also be incredibly rewarding. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey. So, start planning, pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

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How you're charged depends on whether or not you add an international plan to your account for your trip. Our international plans let you use your phone in more than 210 countries and destinations outside the US:

  • $5/day in Canada and Mexico* (You won't be charged if your domestic phone plan already includes calls, texts and dat in Canada and Mexico).
  • $10/day in other countries.
  • $100 International Monthly Plan : Ideal for trips of 10 days or more. Get unlimited data* and texts and 250 minutes for international use.* 20 GB of high speed data and unlimited data at 3G speeds thereafter. You can choose to have the allowance expire after 1 month or have the plan renew every month until you remove it from your account.
  • In-flight Daily Pass and Cruise Daily Pass : Keep your phone connected to cellular data on an international flight and on board a cruise ship. In-flight Daily Pass is $20/day per line. Cruise Daily Pass costs $30/day per line.

For coverage and pricing details, visit our International Travel page. Important:

  • If you don't choose an international plan you'll pay per minute, per text and per MB of data used (called Pay as You Go) when you're abroad. Learn more on our International Travel page.
  • Our Unlimited Ultimate mobile phone plan includes high-speed international data, talk & text.
  • TravelPass and our Monthly International Plan can't be used in non-covered countries, on cruise ships or airplanes.

*If more than 50% of your talk, text or data usage in a 60-day period is in Canada or Mexico, use of those services in those countries may be removed or limited.

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Most smartphones and some tablets can be used when you travel abroad. Use our Trip Planner to find out if your device will work for your trip.

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Planning an international trip can feel overwhelming and even a bit daunting, but taking the time to plan ahead will not only make your trip way less stressful, but it will also help you feel less overwhelmed so you can actually enjoy yourself once you get to your destination! That’s why it’s important to make sure you know what you want to do, where you’re going to stay, and how you’re going to get around while you’re traveling. We’ve planned for so many different international trips, and after a lot of trial and error, we’ve found that these are the things we always make sure we’ve thought about and planned before we leave, so we’re not hit with too many surprises once we land. Here’s the best way to plan for a trip abroad:

How to Plan for an International Trip:

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1. Pick Where You Want to go and Create a Budget:

2. find a great flight deal:, sign up for dollar flight club here , 3. create a spreadsheet:, 4. research:.

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5. Fill In The Itinerary:

Once you have an idea of the activities that you want to do, go to Google Maps to start organizing and filling in your itinerary. Within Google Maps, you can pick the places that are a priority for you on your trip and star them. To create a star, click on “save” on the left hand side and select “star place.” This is a great way to make it so you can start to see which activities are in the same area while you’re trip planning. By starring things on Google Maps, you can easily see which activities are in which area.

Then, once you have an idea of the activities you want to do, start filling in your itinerary. If two or three things are in the same area, then you’ll know that you should do those things on the same day. And if there’s something else nearby that looks fun/worth checking out, you can add that to your itinerary for that day too! To make sure everything is done as “timely” as possible, stick to one area of town each day. That way you won’t be crossing back and forth across town going to different places. And you’ll also save money by not paying for taxis or other transportation.

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Once you know the list of things you want to do and what areas they’re in, then you can start to fill in your itinerary and put certain activities on certain dates.

While you’re planning, always check to see when certain activities (museums, restaurants, etc) are open. You can easily “google” the activity and then see what times it’s open right there.

For example, The Louvre in Paris is closed on Tuesdays. So you’re not going to want to visit The Louvre on Tuesday. You’ll also want to make sure you visit your “starred activities” around The Louvre on a different day. Move all of those activities to the next day and then pick a different area of town to explore during your Tuesday in Paris. Obviously this doesn’t apply to all activities. Because if you’re going to a beach it’ll probably always be open. But there are few things worse than flying across the world and showing up somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit only to find out that it’s closed. So it’s always better to check beforehand.

6. Book Your Accommodations:

We always use Hotels.com to book our hotels, because not only do they always have great deals, but they also have a reward system where your 11th night is “free.” What they do is take the average amount that you’ve spent on the previous 10 nights you’ve booked through Hotels.com. And then you get that many dollars toward your 11th night.

So say you’ve spent $100 on 10 nights at hotels, then on your 11th night, you’ll get $100 off. It’s essentially 10% off, which is a pretty good deal if you ask us. So that’s why we always book through Hotels.com . You can also search for hotels based on neighborhood or attractions in the city, which makes it easier to find the best place to stay.

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7. Book Transportation:

If you have everything booked ahead of time, then you won’t have to worry about anything once you show up. There’s nothing more stressful than showing up to a foreign city and not knowing how to get around or where you’re going to sleep. Which is why we always suggest booking everything ahead of time.

Are you going to a city with good public transportation, like New York or Paris? Then plan to use the subway or metro. Are you planning a road trip? We rent cars through Expedia . Do you need to hire a driver? Are you going to take a train between cities or fly? These are all good things to think about and book ahead of time. So you don’t have to worry about them when you get there.

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8. buy tickets to your “must do” activities ahead of time:, 9. complete your itinerary:.

Fill in the rest of your spreadsheet and make sure all of your activities, places you want to eat, transportation, and accommodations are booked. We also always suggest leaving a few hours open every day for “free” time. That way your days won’t feel too rushed and you’ll have time to do things that you stumble upon as you’re out wandering and exploring the city. We also try to leave one or two days on our itinerary completely empty. We might add one place to eat or one thing to do on that day. But other than that, we leave the rest of the day open. So we can relax on a beach, go back to a place we enjoyed earlier on our trip, wander aimlessly. Or even just relax and take a nap.

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Other Things to Consider:

Consider the local culture and customs:, think about what to wear:, get a great travel credit card:, open a bank account that doesn’t have atm fees:, get a passport:.

If you’re traveling internationally, you have to have a passport. If you’re a U.S. Citizen and and don’t already have a passport, you can apply for a passport here . It generally takes about six weeks for your passport to arrive after you’ve applied. You can pay more to have it expedited if you need to. But we suggest planning in advance, so you can save that money (and spend it on something fun during your trip). Also, most countries won’t allow you to enter if your passport expires within six months from the final date of your trip. So to avoid any issues getting into the country you want to visit, apply for a new passport if your passport is expiring within six months.

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Travel insurance:, decide on a phone plan:, check the cdc website for vaccine/immunization requirements:, make copies of your passport:.

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Do you have any advice on phone plans? I usually just rely on wifi, but never know when it makes sense to maybe pay international fees/get a SIM card/etc.

We normally just rely on wifi, but sometimes we buy a local SIM card once we’re in the country or we use a SIM card from KnowRoaming!

Hi – Thank you for the article and tips. I can’t get the international trip planning spreadsheet to open. What file type is it? Thank you.

Sorry you’re having trouble opening it! It’s a "numbers" file. Glad you found the article helpful!

Thank you for all of the great info and advice. You guys have awesome pics! We took our first trip abroad last year which was great but your advice defiantly would have made it easier. 🙂 When talking about car rentals, some countries ask for an International Drivers License. Unless I missed it, it may be good to add to your tips.

So glad you found it helpful! Thank you so much! And yes, you’re right. A lot of places do ask for an international drivers license, so that’s a great thing to keep in mind!

I really enjoy your blog and your travels are truly inspiring! I’m wondering if anyone else has had trouble downloading the international travel spreadsheet you provided. I’ve never been able to get it to open.

Hi Melinda, Sorry about that! The link should be working now. I just tested it. https://ourtravelpassport.com/blog/how-to-plan-for-an-international-trip If you still have trouble let me know!

Very good advice and suggestions. We recently went to China and I was glad that I had purchased a VPN on our devices so I could get to most sites and I had also installed a translator for foreign language exchange. I also rely a lot on Trip Adviser to get reviews of the locations I am going to visit. , I did learn how to ‘star’ on Google and will be using this on our next trip. Thank you for sharing. Happy Travels.

Those are all great ideas too! Hope you had a blast on your trip to China!

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Egan noted that for western adventures, she would suggest, "Bozeman, Montana, in June and October, which are slow times for the city, so that you can snag an affordable deal! The same timing goes for Western Colorado towns such as Vail, Colorado."

She continued, "The beginning of October is a great time to see the leaves changing, go hiking, feel like you have the whole mountain town to yourself and find the best lodging deals. If you are interested in skiing, the best time is late November or early December and early to mid-April (the skiing conditions vary, but the deals are the best)."

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Savannah, Georgia

Tracy Kennedy, an experienced travel advisor at Tasmania , noted, "If you're eyeing an affordable yet enriching U.S. trip for 2024, Savannah, Georgia, should be high on your list. The city is a perfect blend of traditional Southern charm and modern allure, and it's an ideal destination for a 2-3 day weekend getaway. Flights to Savannah are usually economical, with multiple carriers offering competitive rates."

She added, "Once there, you can enjoy quintessential forms of tourism such as exploring the historic district, strolling through Forsyth Park, and taking a riverboat cruise. The culinary scene is exceptional but won't break the bank, offering classic Southern dishes that are rich in flavor but easy on the wallet."

She also stated, "However, what sets Savannah apart is its unique offerings like the Sorrel Weed House Museum. This historic haunted house provides an unforgettable experience, especially if you're planning a trip around Halloween. Not only does it offer a glimpse into 19th-century life in the South, but it also has its share of ghost stories and paranormal activities, adding a thrilling element to your visit."

<ul> <li><strong>Average monthly rent: </strong>$1,873.33.</li> <li><strong>Monthly total cost of living:</strong> $3,660.97.</li> <li><strong>Livability index:</strong> 84.</li> </ul> <p>Black Mountain, located 15 miles from Asheville in the Blue Ridge mountains, is well known to the arts crowd. The town was once home to Black Mountain College, one of the most innovative experimental art colleges in the United States. Today it remains a popular destination for artists and art lovers while also offering scenic views and small-town charm.</p>

Asheville, North Carolina

Adrian Todd, an outdoor and travel expert, hiking coach and owner of Great Minds Think Hike , said, "One of my favorite places to go to is Asheville. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a great destination with various things to do."

He continued, "Asheville has some of the most breweries in and around than most places East of the Mississippi. You can hike in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the Biltmore Estate, or explore the artsy downtown area."

<p><strong>Worst place to retire:</strong> South Valley</p> <ul> <li><strong>Percentage of population over 65:</strong> 16.1</li> <li><strong>Average home value:</strong> $165,010</li> <li><strong>Annual expenditures:</strong> $43,409</li> <li><strong>Livability score:</strong> 56</li> </ul> <p><strong>Where to retire instead:</strong> Alamogordo</p> <ul> <li><strong>Percentage of population over 65:</strong> 17.4 </li> <li><strong>Average home value:</strong> $135,883</li> <li><strong>Annual expenditures:</strong> $38,288</li> <li><strong>Livability score:</strong> 72</li> </ul>

Santa Fe, New Mexico

"Santa Fe is a really neat place," Todd also noted. He explained it is "full of neat adobe style houses and architecture. I recommend going to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, but to make sure to book way ahead in advance."

He also suggested, "Check out the oldest house and church in the US near the downtown area. Be sure to visit the Loretto Chapel to see the mysterious staircase and head to the downtown area during the market when all the natives come by to sell handcrafted items."

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<p>For fishing and outdoor activities, Todd recommended Stanley, Idaho. He said it is "a small town located to the East in Idaho. It is a beautiful mountain time hugged by the Sawtooth Mountains. I highly recommend checking this place out during the summer months when it is a lot warmer."</p> <p>He continued, "Go fishing along the Salmon River, hiking to Sawtooth Lake, and camping near Redfish Lake. There is so much to do for all outdoor lovers in this destination."</p>

Stanley, Idaho

For fishing and outdoor activities, Todd recommended Stanley, Idaho. He said it is "a small town located to the East in Idaho. It is a beautiful mountain time hugged by the Sawtooth Mountains. I highly recommend checking this place out during the summer months when it is a lot warmer."

He continued, "Go fishing along the Salmon River, hiking to Sawtooth Lake, and camping near Redfish Lake. There is so much to do for all outdoor lovers in this destination."

Nashville skyline with river and sunset

Nashville, Tennessee

"Nashville is historically known for its live music scene and offers a vibrant atmosphere and many free or affordable activities," stated Todd. "You can explore the city's music history, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and enjoy live music in honky-tonks," he said.

The hiking enthusiast added, "There are also a lot of things to do out in nature in Tennessee if the city life isn't your cup of tea. Check out the Great Smoky Mountains to visit the most popular and visited national park in the US."

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Loveland, Ohio

"Loveland, Ohio, is known as the 'Sweetheart of Ohio,'" explained Krista Rose, marketing and communications coordinator for the City of Loveland. "We are the perfect destination for a Midwest trip on a budget! We are often told Loveland feels like a 'resort town' and 'time slows down here.'"

She continued, "Loveland is located about 15 miles north of Cincinnati and close to major highways including I-75 and I-71. We are known for our river and trails, making us a favorite trip for outdoor enthusiasts."

For outdoor adventure seekers she recommended, "the Little Miami Scenic Trail is an 80-mile bike/pedestrian trail across Ohio. This trail runs through the center of Loveland. Visit for a day of canoeing, kayaking, and outdoor adventure! After you explore the trail, explore Historic Downtown Loveland's unique shopping and dining. There are quaint AirBNBs and a boutique hotel in town."

You can learn more about the city by visiting LovinLifeLoveland .

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  • Best for reputation
  • Best for preexisting conditions
  • Best for digital nomads
  • Best low-cost
  • Best for road trips
  • How we reviewed travel insurance companies

Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Travel Insurance in June 2024

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Traveling is an adventure, a leap into the unknown, a story waiting to unfold. But every story needs a safety net, and that's where travel insurance comes in. In this guide to the best travel insurance, we'll embark on a journey to help you better understand travel insurance and uncover the benefits that make it an indispensable companion for any traveler.

Our Picks for the Best Travel Insurance Companies

Best overall: nationwide travel insurance.

  • Runner-Up: AXA Assistance USA
  • Best for Cruises: Travel Guard
  • Best Reputation:  C&F Travel Insured
  • Best for Pre-existing Conditions:   Tin Leg Travel Insurance
  • Best for Digital Nomads:   WorldTrips Travel Insurance
  • Best Low-Cost Option:   Trawick International Travel Insurance

Best for Road Trips: Travelex Travel Insurance

How we rate travel insurance »

Compare the Best Travel Insurance Companies

The best travel insurance companies offer comprehensive coverage options for a wide range of people and needs. For this guide, we looked at coverage options, customizability, and the best companies for specific situations, such as pre-existing conditions.

Here are Business Insider's picks for the best travel insurance companies in 2024. 

Nationwide Nationwide Travel Insurance

  • Trip cancellation coverage of up to 100% of trip costs (for cruises) or up to $30,000 (for single-trip plans)
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Three cruise-specific plans to choose from
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Annual travel insurance plans available
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Strong trip cancellation coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Cancel for any reason coverage available
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. CFAR insurance not available with every single plan
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Medical coverage is lower than what some competitors offer

Nationwide Travel Insurance offers many of the standard benefits you might see with a travel insurance policy. This can include things like trip cancellation coverage, so you can recover pre-paid costs or trip interruption in the event your vacation is interrupted by an unexpected event. There's also baggage delay coverage and medical coverage.

  • Cancel for any reason coverage available

Nationwide Travel Insurance is of the largest players in the travel insurance space, offering nearly endless options for any customer on the travel spectrum, including annual travel insurance plans which can offer frequent travelers the flexibility to "set it and forget it" on their travel insurance coverage.

Nationwide Essential also offers some of the most affordable policies in the market compared to similar plans from competitors, which makes it a great pick for just about anyone. Buyers can discuss bundling options as Nationwide also sells homeowners, auto, pet, and other insurance products. Its travel insurance quoting is just as easy as it has been with other Nationwide insurance products.

Read our Nationwide Travel Insurance review here.

Best Travel Insurance Runner-Up: AXA Assistance USA

AXA AXA Assistance USA

  • Trip cancellation coverage of up to 100% of the trip cost
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous medical evacuation coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Up to $1,500 per person coverage for missed connections on cruises and tours
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Covers loss of ski, sports and golf equipment
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous baggage delay, loss and trip delay coverage ceilings per person
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Cancel for any reason (CFAR) coverage only available for most expensive Platinum plan
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. CFAR coverage ceiling only reaches $50,000 maximum despite going up to 75%

AXA Assistance USA keeps travel insurance simple with gold, silver, and platinum plans. Emergency medical and CFAR are a couple of the options you can expect. Read on to learn more about AXA.

  • Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans available
  • Trip interruption coverage of up to 150% of the trip cost
  • Emergency medical coverage of up to $250,000

AXA Assistance USA  offers consumers a great option for no-stress travel insurance: low-priced plans, generous coverage limits on key categories including primary insurance on lost luggage, and up to 150% reimbursement for qualifying trip cancellations.

While add-ons are limited and rental car coverage is not included by default on cheaper plans, AXA is a perfect fit for travelers who don't plan to drive (or who already hold a travel credit card with rental car coverage), and don't need any additional bells and whistles.

Read our AXA Assistance USA Travel Insurance review  here.

Best for Cruises: AIG Travel Guard

AIG Travel Guard

Trip cancellation coverage for up to 100% of the trip cost and trip interruption coverage for up to 150% of the trip cost

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip cancellation coverage of up to 100% of the cost, for all three plan levels
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. CFAR covers up to 75% of total trip costs (maximum of $112,500 on some plans) 
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Medical coverage of up to $500,000 and evacuation of up to $1,000,000 per person
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Includes COVID coverage 
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Above average baggage loss and delay benefits
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. High medical evacuation coverage
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Premiums may run slightly higher than competitors

Travel Guard is a well-established and highly rated name in the travel insurance industry. It offers three main coverage options to choose from, and in general its policies have above-average coverage for baggage loss and baggage delays, plus high medical evaluation coverage limits.

  • Trip cancellation coverage for up to 100% of the trip cost
  • Trip interruption coverage for up to 150% of the trip cost
  • Preexisting medical conditions exclusions waiver must be purchased within 15 days of initial trip payment
  • Annual travel insurance plan and Pack N' Go plan (for last-minute trips) available

Travel Guard is well-known insurance provider, and a great fit for travelers who want to ensure that they can get their money back in the event of canceled or interrupted travel plans.

While the company's policies can be pricey compared to its competitors, the high medical and evacuation limits make AIG a solid choice for older travelers who value peace of mind and simplicity over highly customizable plans that may be bolstered with medical upgrades.

Read our AIG Travel Guard review here.

Best for Reputation: C&F Travel Insured

C&F C&F Travel Insured

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Offers 2 major plans including CFAR coverage on the more expensive option
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Cancellation for job loss included as a covered reason for trip cancellation/interruption (does not require CFAR coverage to qualify)
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Frequent traveler reward included in both policies
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Up to $1 million in medical evacuation coverage available
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Medical coverage is only $100,000
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Reviews on claims processing indicate ongoing issues
  • C&F's Travel Insured policies allow travelers customize travel insurance to fit their specific needs. Frequent travelers may benefit from purchasing an annual travel insurance plan, then adding on CFAR coverage for any portions of travel that may incur greater risk.

While every travel insurance company has negative reviews about its claims process, C&F Travel Insured 's claims process has a consistent stream of positive reviews. One customer wrote that C&F processed a claim within 48 hours. Additionally, C&F regularly responds to customer reviews within one business week, making reviews a consistent way to reach the company.

Additionally, in C&F's fine print, it mentions that any claims that take more than 30 days to pay out will begin to accrue interest at 9% APY.

C&F's reputation isn't the only thing to speak highly of. It offers an array of add-ons uncommon in the travel insurance industry, such as Interruption for Any Reason insurance and CFAR coverage for annual plans. C&F also offers discounts for children on its Protector Edge plan and free coverage on its Protector plan.  

Read our C&F Travel Insured review  here. 

Best for Pre-Existing Conditions: Tin Leg Travel Insurance

TinLeg Tin Leg Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Policy coverage includes most pre-existing health conditions
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous medical and evacuation amounts for peace of mind
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. COVID coverage included by default on all insurance plans
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Offers a wide range of plans for various budgets and travel needs
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Some plans offer CFAR, “cancel for work reasons,” financial default, and unemployment coverage
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited add-on coverage options
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Baggage loss and delay coverage is low compared to competitors

Tin Leg travel insurance offers eight travel insurance plans to meet the unique needs of travelers.

  • Tin Leg was founded in 2014 by the travel insurance industry experts at Squaremouth. Designed to meet the most common needs of travelers, these policies offer comprehensive Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption benefits, and a range of Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation limits.

Tin Leg Travel Insurance is a great fit for travelers with medical issues in particular. Seven of Tin Leg's eight travel plans include coverage for pre-existing conditions as long as you purchase your policy within 15 days of your initial trip payment.

Thanks to coverage for pre-existing medical conditions as well as for potential COVID-19 infection while traveling, this company offers some of the best financial investment options for travelers who are or will be exposed to higher health risks and issues.

Read our Tin Leg Travel Insurance review here.

Best for Digital Nomads: WorldTrips Travel Insurance

WorldTrips WorldTrips Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable base plans that can be customized with add-ons including rental car, pet care, hunting and fishing, and vacation rental coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Insurance plans available for international student travelers
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip delay coverage benefit that kicks in after just five hours
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Pre-existing conditions waiver can be purchased within 21 days of initial trip payment
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Lower medical, evacuation and accidental death limits
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited, secondary baggage loss coverage although baggage protection can be upgraded at a low cost
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. No special coverages for pets, sports equipment, etc.

WorldTrips has been a reputable travel insurance provider for more than 20 years. Unsurprisingly, it boasts an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and positive reviews from thousands of customers.

  • Travel medical insurance (Premium, Group, Annual, and International Student options)
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Trip protection insurance

WorldTrips Travel Insurance has affordable premiums, highly customizable add-ons, and generous coverage for core categories of travel insurance. All this makes it a great option for digital nomads, students studying abroad and backpackers.

However, travelers should keep in mind that plans are not particularly flexible, and coverage amounts are limited unless you plan ahead to pay for the areas and amounts that you need.

Read our WorldTrips Travel Insurance review here.

Best for Affordability: Trawick International Travel Insurance

Trawick Trawick International Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Useful for adventurous travelers headed to higher-risk destinations
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable plans with varying levels of coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. 10-day free look option
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous baggage loss replacement policy
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip delay coverage kicks in after just six hours
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Some policies allow a CFAR add-on
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Up to $1 million medical evacuation coverage limit
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Baggage and trip delay coverages don’t kick in until after the 12-hour mark
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. International student policies available for temporary stints abroad
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Complaints about claims not being paid or involving an intermediary to resolve claims

Trawick International travel insurance offers plans customized to diverse travelers' needs. We look at coverage options, claims processing, pricing, and other important factors for savvy travelers.

  • Travel medical insurance
  • Trip protection and cancellation
  • International student insurance
  • Visitor medical insurance (for traveling to the US)

Trawick International Travel Insurance is another insurance provider with robust medical travel insurance that can help higher-risk and anxious travelers find peace of mind while on the road. This company offers one of the most generous medical evacuation policies in the market, although travelers will need to remember to add on rental car coverage if they need it.

Read our Trawick Travel Insurance review here.

Travelex Travelex Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Options to cover sports equipment
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Option to increase medical coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Can cancel up to 48 hours before travel when CFAR option is purchased
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable coverage for budget-conscious travelers
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Includes generous baggage delay, loss and trip delay coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Optional "adventure sports" bundle available for riskier activities
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Only two insurance plans to choose from
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Medical coverage maximum is low at up to $50,000 per person
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Pricier than some competitors with lower coverage ceilings
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Some competitors offer higher medical emergency coverage

Travelex travel insurance is one of the largest travel insurance providers in the US providing domestic and international coverage options. It offers a basic, select, and America option. Read on to learn more.

  • Optional CFAR insurance available with the Travel Select plan
  • Trip delay insurance starting at $500 with the Travel Basic plan
  • Emergency medical and dental coverage starting at $15,000

Travelex Travel Insurance  offers three plans:

  • Travel Basic
  • Travel Select
  • Travel America

The Travelex America plan is meant for trips limited to the U.S., but it has the highest coverage limits in many areas compared to its other programs. If you're flying somewhere, the lost baggage limits are higher. Its natural strengths shine for road trippers, though. Travelex America adds coverage for roadside service and rental car coverage for unexpected accidents. It also covers pets should you be involved in an accident while on the road.

While your standard auto insurance does extend to car rentals within the U.S. for a limited time, any accident would affect future rates. Travelex would eliminate the risk of reporting to your auto insurance provider for minor incidents within its purview.

Read our Travelex Travel Insurance review  here.

Introduction to Travel Insurance

Why travel insurance is a must-have.

The unpredictable nature of traveling – from flight cancellations to medical emergencies – can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. Travel insurance acts as a personal safeguard, ensuring that unexpected events don't drain your wallet or ruin your trip.

Understanding Different Types of Travel Insurance

Not all travel insurance policies are created equal. From single-trip travel insurance policies to annual travel insurance plans , from minimal coverage to comprehensive protection, understanding the spectrum of options is your first step in finding the right fit for your journey.

Key Features to Look for in Travel Insurance Coverage

Travel insurance for medical emergencies.

Imagine falling ill in a foreign country; daunting, right? A robust travel insurance plan ensures you don't have to worry about how much emergency medical care while traveling will cost, even in the most remote corners of the globe. This coverage will often come in tandem with emergency medical evacuation coverage.

Trip Cancellation and Interruption Benefits

Life is full of surprises, some less pleasant than others. Trip cancellation and interruption coverage ensures that you're not left out of pocket if unforeseen circumstances force you to cancel or cut your trip short. You may also look for cancel for any reason and interruption for any reason options, which will reimburse you for a percentage of your nonrefundable fees, but expands the covered reasons you can cancel a trip. You can find our guide on the best CFAR travel insurance companies here.

Coverage for Personal Belongings and Baggage Loss

Losing your belongings is more than an inconvenience; it's losing a piece of your world. Insurance that covers personal belongings and baggage loss ensures that you're compensated for your loss, helping you to rebound and continue your adventure.

Support and Assistance Services

In times of trouble, having a lifeline can make all the difference. Look for insurance that offers 24/7 support and assistance services, giving you peace of mind that help is just a phone call away. Also, check websites that field customer reviews like Trustpilot, the Better Business Bureau, and InsureMyTrip , to see how well a company responds to customer requests.

Choosing the Best Travel Insurance

Reputation and reliability of the travel insurance provider.

A provider's reputation is not just about being well-known; it's about reliability, customer satisfaction, and the ability to deliver on promises. Researching and choosing a reputable provider is a cornerstone in ensuring your safety and satisfaction.

Understanding the Policy's Fine Print

The devil is in the details, and understanding the fine print of what your travel insurance policy covers is crucial. Be aware of coverage limits, exclusions, and the process for filing a claim to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Customer Reviews and Feedback

In the age of information, customer reviews and feedback are goldmines of insight. Learn from the experiences of others to gauge the reliability and customer service of the insurance provider you're considering. While the ratings are important, you should also look at whether or not a company responds to customer complaints.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Travel Insurance

Knowing your policy inside out.

Familiarize yourself with every aspect of your policy – what it covers, what it doesn't, how to file a claim, and who to contact in an emergency. Being informed means being prepared. 

Steps to Take When a Problem Arises

If you face an issue during your travels, knowing the immediate steps to take can make all the difference. Keep important contacts and your policy details handy, and remember, your insurance provider is there to assist you.

How to Pick the Best Travel Insurance Company for You

There isn't a one-size-fits-all policy that works perfectly for every traveler. Young, healthy solo travelers can opt for much cheaper plans that offer bare-bones coverage, while families juggling complex itineraries will do best by investing in a robust policy that can help defray any costs associated with lost baggage, delayed transportation or other trip-impeding obstacles.

That being said, you can't go wrong with a travel insurance provider that boasts a reputable history and offers a wide range of customizable plans. In some cases, you may be comparing plans that are only a few dollars' apart from each other. In such situations, you should generally opt for the insurance company that offers the strongest customer service. It's also worth considering whether or not the travel insurance provider has been reviewed by other travelers with similar itineraries to your own. 

An insurance aggregator like InsureMyTrip or Squaremouth is one of the best tools for searching travel insurance policies. Once you input the specifics of your travel itinerary, you'll be able to see hundreds of search results to compare the ones that catch your eye. If the options are too overwhelming, use the filters to the left of your search page to eliminate as many irrelevant plans as possible.

How We Reviewed the Best Travel Insurance Companies

To come up with our list of the best travel insurance companies, we evaluated each insurer based on the following factors:

Guide Methodology: What We Considered

Policy Types

Travel insurance is essential, but often underused partly because people aren't getting what they want. Business Insider's 2023 travel study showed 10.65% of travelers surveyed bought cancel for any reason insurance. Cost may be a factor, but in many cases, the coverage is more affordable than you might think. Regardless, companies must offer a diverse range of coverage options. We award five stars to companies offering all standard coverages and additional options like pet and sports equipment protection.

Our 2023 travel study indicated the majority of purchases were made through the travel provider (ex: flight protection insurance when you're purchasing your airline tickets). While these may be sufficient for some customers, we look for companies offering a more comprehensive range of services.

According to the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, the average cost of travel insurance will be between 4% and 8% of total travel expenses. Anything beyond that price point should include additional benefits beyond the standard inclusions, such as CFAR protection or upgraded medical coverage. Anything below that 4% threshold may leave you lacking important or sufficient coverage in an emergency.

Convenience and Flexibility

Whether you're an infrequent traveler or a suitcase warrior, a good travel insurance company should have you covered. In many cases, you might not even have to talk to a person in order to purchase your policy.

Many people think of travel insurance in context with specific trips, but most of these top contenders sell both single-trip and multi-trip policies, also known as annual travel insurance. Some companies also offer plans specifically designed for cruisers, students abroad, and business travelers. (Read our guide to the best cruise travel insurance companies for more details.) Finally, all of these providers offer multiple options for getting the specific areas and amounts of coverage that you want.

Claims Handling

Most travelers never have a large claim. Premiums are low, and it provides peace of mind for the just in case situations. So they leave reviews based on their reduced stress levels. But what happens if you lose your luggage or have to stay a few extra days due to an unexpected accident? Will your insurance carrier cover your claim without all the hassle? We check real customer reviews to sort this out for you.

Ease of Use and Support

When purchasing, during your trip, and throughout the claims process, you may need extra support. Does the company have a 24/7 help line? Does it have an online or mobile system allowing you to self-manage? Essentially, what are the options when you need help? We look at the big picture to evaluate the average customer experience with each company.

You can read our full insurance rating methodology for even more details.

Best Travel Insurance FAQs

There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for every traveler. Determine the benefits that are most important to you, like baggage delay coverage, medical coverage, and trip delay coverage, then look for a company with solid customer ratings, especially when it comes to processing claims.

Travel insurance will pay out if you experience a covered event, such as a travel delay or delayed or lost baggage. If you're looking to get travel insurance for a specific reason, such as needing to potentially cancel your trip due to work reasons, make sure your policy will cover you in that situation before purchasing it. You should also check customer reviews to see other travelers' claims experiences, as it varies wildly from company to company.

The average cost of travel insurance is 4% to 8% of your total trip cost, so it could vary widely depending on where you're traveling and the length of your trip. Your age, the number of people in your group, and other factors can also influence how much you'll pay.

Most comprehensive travel insurance policies include travel medical coverage that can come in handy if an emergency occurs and you need medical evacuation. Some travel insurance plans offer more specialized coverage for travelers with pre-existing conditions , so shop around if medical coverage is a top priority for you. 

$100,000 should be a sufficient medical coverage limit for travel insurance. If you're planning on doing extreme sports or anything particularly risky on your trip, you may want to increase your coverage level. A high medical coverage limit is especially useful when you're purchasing cruise travel insurance, since medical evacuations are more involved at sea.

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GETTING ONBOARD

Required travel documents.

GETTING ONBOARD WITH

THE RIGHT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

It’s your responsibility to ensure you have all the proper documentation to board the ship and enter each of the countries your cruise visits. We’ll require government-issued identification to board. And government authorities may require you to have a visa or meet other requirements.

Select your departure port below to find out exactly what you need. But be aware – government requirements may change.

Don't Get Caught Without The Right Travel Doc

Passport

Passports are Best A passport is the best ID document for travel. Make sure yours doesn't expire for 6 months after your cruise ends. Learn more

Birth certificate

Caution: Birth Certificates U.S. Citizens can cruise with a U.S. birth certificate on most sailings from the U.S. But your birth certificate needs to meet the requirements. Learn more

Names Must Match

Names Must Match If you've had a name change, and the name used across your documents does not match, you will need to take an extra step. Learn more

Children and Guardians

Cruising With Kids That Aren't Yours When a minor (age 17 and under) travels without their legal guardian, an accompanying adult must present a notarized form signed by the child's guardian. Learn more

Visa May be Required

Visas May Be Required Some countries require an entry visa or electronic visa based on your nationality. Learn more

Don't Pack your Docs

Don't Pack Your Docs Please keep all travel documents on your person at the terminal; you’ll need to present them at check-in.

Select where you're sailing from

Popular homeports:, full list of all homeports:, travel document requirements for sailings from u.s. homeports (excluding honoulu, hawaii & seward, alaska).

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the U.S. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

USA Flag

Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

Note: U.S. Cruises that visit Colombia or Panama If your sailing visits Colombia or Panama, see your protocols here .

In order to sail, a guest must meet the requirements of ONE of the check boxes below.

All documents must be original – no photocopies. Your name must match across documents. What if I had a name change?

  • U.S. Passport Book OR U.S. Passport Card
  • Royal Caribbean strongly recommends that all guests travel with a valid passport. Learn why a passport is best.
  • Passports must be valid at least 6 months after your cruise ends
  • Read more about passport requirements.
  • Original U.S. Birth Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID)
  • U.S. Birth Certificates must be the original or an official document issued by the government.
  • Read more about birth certificate requirements.
  • Guests age 15 and under are NOT required to have a photo ID, just the birth certificate.
  • Permanent Resident Card (Alien Resident Card "ARC" OR Green Card) AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship
  • Guests must bring their physical Permanent Resident Card and it must be original – no photocopies.
  • Passports must be valid at least 6 months after your cruise ends.
  • Guests age 16 and older whose ARC has no photo must present a valid government issued photo ID
  • Barbados & Martinique require ARC guests to provide a valid passport.
  • Any additional requirements are the responsibility of the guest.
  • Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID)
  • Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate.
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) that is not expired
  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses are only available from the following states: Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington State.
  • An Enhanced Driver’s License is different from a REAL ID compliant id. An EDL will have a flag on the front.
  • U.S. Passport Book
  • Visa may be required based on Passport Country of Origin. Learn More

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries.

  • Electronic Travel Authorization will be required based on disembarkation port.
  • Learn more about visa requirements.

Accepted Identification for Canadian Citizens

  • Canadian Passport Book – Required if traveling to the U.S. by air
  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses are only available from the following Provinces: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.
  • Guests age 14 and under may present a passport as noted above OR one of the documents below:
  • Original Naturalization Certificate OR Original Valid Canadian Citizenship Card OR Original Birth Certificate Issued by Canada.
  • Read more about birth certificate requirements

In order to sail, a guest must meet the requirements below.

  • Canadian Passport Book

Accepted Identification for Other Nationalities

  • Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries. Please check requirements for your own nationality. Common visas are noted below.

  • The United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.
  • Please check requirements for your own nationality .
  • Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) is required for Chinese Nationals.
  • Sailings with a Canadian Port of Call (ex. Alaska sailings) may require a Canadian Visitor’s Visa.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Australian homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Australia. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Australia Flag

Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
  • All visitors are required to get an Australian ETA to travel to Australia.
  • Read more about passport requirements

Additionally, visas or travel permits may be required to enter some countries. Please check requirements for your own nationality.

  • New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)
  • All visitors are required to get a NZeTA to travel to New Zealand.

Accepted Identification for U.K. Citizens

  • Passport Book

Accepted Identification for Australian Citizens

  • Australian Passport Book
  • Australian Driver's License OR Government-issued, laminated photo ID
  • Cruise itinerary must call only on Australian ports of call.
  • If an itinerary leaves Australia, then guests must use a Passport.
  • Guests age 17 and under may present one of the documents below:
  • Medicare Card - Can be used as the only identification for children when all guests share the same last name.
  • Original (or Certified) Birth Certificate - If the parent's name differs from the child.

* Sailings that originate and end in ports within Australia that do not include a visit to an overseas port outside of Australia. (Note that Queensland cruises that include Willis Island are considered domestic cruises) . If an itinerary leaves Australia, then guests must use a Passport.

  • Passport Book AND Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
  • For Transpacific sailings, the United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Canadian homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Canada. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Accepted Identification for U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

  • U.S. Passport Book - If traveling to Canada by air
  • U.S. Passport Card - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea
  • U.S. Birth Certificate AND Valid Government Issued ID (State ID Card, Driver’s License OR Military ID) - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea
  • Original U.S. State Certified Birth Certificate or a certified copy; or an original Consular Birth Abroad Certificate from the U.S. State Department.
  • Permanent Resident Card (Alien Resident Card "ARC" OR Green Card) AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship - If traveling to Canada by air, ground/car or by sea
  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your cruise ends.
  • Guests age 16 and older whose ARC has no photo must present a valid government issued photo ID.
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) that is not expired - Can be used if traveling to Canada by ground/car or by sea

Accepted Identification for Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents

  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card AND Valid Passport from Country of Citizenship
  • Guests age 14 and under may also present either:
  • Canada may require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from European homeports (excluding Southampton, England; Haifa, Israel & Istanbul, Turkey)

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Europe. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

UK Flag

Additionally, visas or travel permits will soon be required to enter European Union countries.

  • Traveling to Europe
  • Coming Soon - All visitors will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.
  • Sailings that have a European Union Port of Call
  • For Transatlantic sailings, the United States may require a Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or Visa depending on nationality.

Accepted Identification for European Citizens

  • Guests are responsible for any requirements a country may have.
  • Royal Caribbean strongly recommends that all guests travel with a valid passport. Learn why a passport is best
  • EU Government ID
  • Cruise itinerary must call only on countries within the Schengen Region .
  • EU Government ID must be valid at least 3 months after your cruise ends.
  • A Multi-Entry Schengen Visa may be required
  • Coming Soon - European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)
  • Some nationalities will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.
  • A Schengen Visa may be required
  • European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)
  • Coming Soon - Some nationalities will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Dubai

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Dubai. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Europe Flag

  • U.K. Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Central & South American homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Central and South America. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Australian citizens cruising to and from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso, Chile require additional documentation.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Singapore

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Singapore. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Singapore Flag

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC)
  • All visitors are required to get an Singapore Arrival Card to travel to Singapore.

Accepted Identification for Singaporean Citizens

  • Singaporean Passport Book
  • Passport Book AND Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC)

Travel document requirements for sailings from Japanese homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Japan. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Japanese Flag

Accepted Identification for Japanese Citizens

  • Japanese Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Chinese homeports

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from China. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

China Flag

Accepted Identification for Chinese Citizens

  • Chinese Passport Book

Travel document requirements for sailings from Istanbul, Turkey

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Istanbul, Turkey. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • U.S. Passport Book AND Turkish Visa
  • All visitors are required to get a Turkish Visa to travel to Turkey.
  • Passport Book AND Turkish Visa

Travel document requirements for sailings from Haifa, Israel

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Haifa, Israel. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • All visitors will soon be required to get an European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to travel to Europe.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Seward, Alaska

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the Seward. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Canada may require a Visa depending on nationality.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Southampton, England

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from Southampton. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

Additionally, visas or travel permits will soon be required to enter the U.K. and European Union countries.

  • Entering the U.K.
  • Coming Soon - All visitors will soon be required to get an U.K. Travel Authorization (ETA) to travel to the U.K.

Travel document requirements for sailings from Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii

Here are the current requirements for our guests sailing from the Honolulu. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing. Please select the citizenship options below to learn the right requirements:

  • Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

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