If you are planning an international trip and have never traveled abroad, it can be intimidating. There are a variety of factors that can influence your international travel plans, and it can be confusing on what you need to do in the airport, when you get to your destination and planning your trip.

Have a copy of your passport

No matter what country you are traveling to, make sure that you have a photocopy of your passport. You would hate to lose your passport, and be in a difficult situation. Make sure to keep the paper copy of your passport in your suitcase, and your actual passport in your purse. 

Money conversion

It is crucial to know how the United States dollar converts to whatever nation’s currency you are traveling to. Something might seem really cheap to you in a country, but after you do the conversion, the picture might look differently. A simple Google search can tell you what the current conversion rate is.

Uber? Lyft? Taxi?

Regardless of the country you are traveling to, you should research what ride services are available. I recently traveled to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They didn’t have Lyft. If I had not looked into it beforehand and downloaded Uber, I would have been a sticky situation when I landed.

Reality of where you are going

Regardless of where you are going, you need to have a realistic perspective of exactly what area you’ll be in. Read reviews on where you are staying and the surrounding establishments. 

Basic local customs

When going to a foreign country, look up what their basic customs and manners. You do not need to know everything about their customs, just the basics. 

Realistic travel expectations

When you are planning an international trip, make sure you get to the airport at least 3 hours before your flight leaves. You do not want to miss your flight because it took you longer than expected to make it through security/customs/etc. Additionally, it will be a very long day of traveling so make sure you dress appropriately. Don’t forget a sweater! Planes get cold. 

Bon voyage!

Kallie B
When Kallie is not working full time trying to raise money, she is often studying how people process political messages. Powered with 2 undergraduate degrees, 1 graduate degree and now working towards a Ph.D., she has dived into the world of political communication and psychophysiological research. She is a 5th generation Texan, and has been in politics since she was 8 years old.