Travel Planning Secrets

Do you have a major trip on your bucket list? Travel is enticing and quite frankly can be addicting. Great experiences are borne both through good planning and good attitude.  Travel like the seasoned travelers by taking advantage of these secrets offered by the professional travel agents. The earlier in advance you begin the planning process, the more choices you will have for flights, accommodations and dining.

The first item on your list should be confirmation of the expiration date on our passport. If you passport has expired or you need to apply for your first passport, allow for at least 2 to 3 months during the busy travel season for processing. Many countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration after the date of departure on your return ticket.  Passport cards have also grown in popularity. While they are not valid at immigration, they are an accepted form of government issued ID throughout the European Union and can easily slide into your wallet as they are the size of a standard credit card.

Check with your cell phone provider to explore options for data plans while abroad. Do know that free wifi is not nearly as plentiful in Europe as in the United States.  One option is to purchase SIM cards that are prepaid cards loaded with data. They must be purchased in country of travel. Finally, check with your bank on the process of ordering Euro prior to departure. Europe is much more of a cash economy than the United States. Many smaller establishments do not accept credit cards. The exchange rates are generally more favorable at your local bank than those at train stations and airports.

You’re ready to start booking your flights, accommodations and ground transportation. Check out the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and explore the super packages available for European travel through Priceline. Have fun on your amazing European adventures! Try new foods, explore new places and enjoy the wonderfully hospitable people.