Ready For A Getaway? Time To Get Back To The Fun Of Travel Planning

Who isn’t ready to travel again? Over 2 million people have passed through TSA checkpoints so far this year. While this is still below pre-pandemic levels, it’s clear that the public is heading back out into the world.

Travel planning is a skill, and not everyone has it. Depending on your travel style, you may forgo this all together. However, it’s important to have some planning in place to ensure that you travel smart and make the most of your time at your destination.

 Travel Planning Tips

1) Create an Itinerary

Not every minute of the day needs to be planned, but you should have a general idea of what you'd like to see or do, plus maybe some activities you have signed up or prepaid for. Some items to definitely plan out:

2) Plan Your Travel Budget

No matter your budget, you can likely go anywhere in the world. But beyond the cost of transportation, you need a budget for spending while on vacation. Most people travel with credit cards nowadays. Be sure that yours does not have foreign transaction fees. Consider using one that has good points for spending on travel-related purchases. This allows you to save money even after the trip!

3) Enroll in TSA Precheck and Global Entry.

At $100 each for five years, you can skip all TSA lines when trying to leave the country and skip the customs line when trying to get back in. In other words, having these can save a lot of time and energy. 

4) Keep Your Important Documents Safe

Keep a specialized travel wallet to put all of your important documents together. This is for your passport, credit cards, cash, international SIM cards, and anything else you deem important to take with you.

5) Pack Lightly

No matter how long you'll be away, you should plan to pack lightly with just a carry-on suitcase and backpack. The last thing you want to do is lug around a huge suitcase in an unfamiliar city. Plus, some taxi services may charge you for putting large bags in their trunks!

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