Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! Where do we want to go? Do we do want to plan it ourselves or do we go on a Tour? How much can we spend? These things can be seen as a hassle or as Rick Steves says, ” it can be part of the experience.”
To me the hardest part is making the decision, once that choice is made, the planning kinda flows. It comes down to your window of time, passport expiration date, and the airline choices. Then, it is selecting your itinerary–the places to see, the tours to take and selection of hotels or the researching of tour companies that best match the things and places you want to experience. Don’t forget to use all available resources in your research (google, friends, bookstores (Barnes and Noble), travel agencies (AAA)).
Do your homework: check on travel insurance, passport expiration date, country’s weather, contact credit card company, check on your regular payments due date so you do not incur late charges, make copies of passport and other important documents, leave an itinerary and a contact number with family member, and contact your phone company for international travel service. This is just a snippet of things that should be done prior to leaving. A more detailed list can be found in travel books.
Whew, just writing this list takes my breath away. And yes, my husband and I do want to travel. As with anything worth doing, time and preparation are important.