Exploring a new country is the ultimate dream for many. From deciding where to go, to gathering all the tickets, visas, and other necessary documents, there is an overwhelming sense of excitement, and maybe even a little fear when planning to go overseas. There is so much advice out there for planning the perfect get-a-way and it can often seem like a daunting task. There really are only four things to focus on for the ultimate vacation.
Picking the perfect destination
Selecting a destination first may seem like common sense, but where you go matters. Pick a destination that interest you or has sights you have always wanted to visit. From beaches to mountains, museums to historical locations, the world is filled with so much to see and do. If there are multiple destinations that interest you, prioritize what is most important, then plot them on a map to see what fits your schedule.
Now that you have decided where to go, it’s time to look at how to pay for it. Whether you are a college student wanting to enjoy a budget friendly foreign vacation or you are looking for a more luxurious escape, the whole world is available to you at a price you can afford. Many destinations offer accommodations ranging from budget friendly youth hostels with dormitory style sleeping (and a few private rooms if you can score one) all the way to the most beautiful and breathtaking hotels found anywhere in the world. Select your budget, then subtract the cost of airfare, transit costs, and the all important item: food, and you will have a pretty good idea of how much you are able to spend on lodging. Some hotels and hostels provide breakfast or dinner while others do not. Finding lodging that offers meals is a great way to save money and make the most of your budget. Depending on the time of year you are traveling, it would be a good idea to book accommodations in advance. There are many online booking sites that can help you find the perfect place to stay at a price that fits your budget. Don’t forget about museum and site entry fees and fun money. You never know when you’ll find that perfect souvenir! Make adjustments as you plan and you are well on your way to enjoying a great trip.
Getting there, getting back, and what to do if?
Flight prices and transfer costs can vary widely throughout the year. Once you have decided on where to go and your budget, the next step would be to look at flights and transfer costs. Traveling during the peak tourist season, it is not uncommon for flight costs to be as much as double the price as off-peak travel. If you have flexibility in your schedule, traveling during the off-peak season might be a great way to save money. Regardless of when you book, it is always a good idea to purchase trip insurance. Life is filled with uncertainties. From lost or damaged luggage to an unforeseen illness or other issue, trip insurance can help regardless of the situation. It’s always nice to know someone is only a phone call away should an issue arise. Many airlines will offer insurance as an add-on when you book your flight. These are often a good deal and very easy to use should you need it.
Know before you go
Whether your trip is only going to include one country or you are traveling across multiple borders, it is important to know what kind of documents you will need. Some countries only require a passport for visitors to enter and enjoy all the sights. Others may require visas, immunizations, and other documents before allowing entry to visitors. A simple web search will unearth information on which countries require more than just a passport or any other travel restrictions. As a rule, any traveler will need to possess a driver’s license or ID card and a passport. It’s also a good idea to take copies of your health insurance card and copies of all identification documents.
With a few simple steps, anyone can enjoy a fantastic overseas vacation. Know the where, the what, and the cost and you are well on your way to the adventure of a lifetime!