The thrill of making plans to travel to your next destination is both exciting and stressful. Over excitement can blind us to details that turn out to be important later on. Being stressed can also make us forgetful about even the most essential aspects of our plans. However, we must strive to stay on top of everything so we don’t sabotage our own travel plans.
It’s better to be a little bit stressed out while making your travel plans so you are able to enjoy the full experience of your adventure. That’s why, before you book your cheap airline ticket, be sure to consider these things in your travel plans. These are especially important if you’re traveling out of the country.
1. Passport Validity
Research on the passport requirements of the country you are going to. If a country requires that you have a passport that’s valid at least 6 months from your departure date, you could still get denied at immigration if your passport doesn’t meet the requirement. Be sure that your passport will be valid or that it can be updated in time for your trip to avoid this situation.
2. Insurance and The Season
For most local travel, we usually skip travel insurance but when flying out of the country, there are some destinations and seasons that should have you consider getting travel insurance. Hurricane or monsoon and winter seasons are times when you should spend on travel insurance so you are sure to be able to rebook your flight if it is cancelled. You should also consider what to wear to the airport so you can be most comfortable during your flight until you arrive at your destination.
Other things to consider are political issues in the country you are going to. If you have health or personal issues, you should consider getting travel insurance as well.
3. Choice of Airline
Not all airline companies offer the same services or amenities. Some airlines may be cheaper compared to others but they may not allow carry-on bags. Compare airlines first so you can choose the one that offers you what you need for the best price.
Different airlines also offer different in-flight amenities so check that out as well, especially if you’re going on a long flight.
4. The Airport Location
Think about which airport you should depart from. An airport near you may require less travel time but the ticket may cost more or the available departure times may be inconvenient for you.
On the other hand, an airport further from you may require you to travel earlier so you can avail of public transport to get there but the airfare may be cheaper and the available flight schedules may be more aligned to your travel plans. Weigh your options wisely so you can save on your travel budget and still enjoy your trip.
5. Transportation Upon Arrival
Another important thing to consider is the airport location to your destination. Is it near your actual destination? If so, what method of transportation is available to get you to your actual destination. If not, how much time do you need to travel to your destination from there and is public transport easily available? Can you arrange for a transportation service to fetch your from the airport prior to your trip schedule?
There’s a lot to consider and think about when planning to travel. If you’re traveling with a group of your best buddies, then you can divide the work so you aren’t too stressed out from doing all the research, the planning and the booking. However, there are also advantages to traveling solo. Keep in mind these tips for traveling solo if you decide to venture out on your own.
If it’s your first time to experience airline travel, then be sure to check out this airport guide for first time flyers. Don’t forget to read up on the do’s and don’ts of packing your carry-on luggage too.