Once you have finalized your budget, dates and specifics of your trip you are now ready to book your travel. Hooray! You can book your trip through hotel services, travel booking sites or through travel agencies. If you do not wish to book at a travel agency, it is still worth a visit in order to get some brochures to look at, and to check if they have any alternate offers. If your travel overseas is meant to attend a wedding, or whatever specific event, do not hesitate to ask the bride and groom or the event organizer for any suggested venues, as big events often avail group discounts or special rates for the function. If you have any relatives or friends working in the hospitality industry, this is the perfect moment to contact them and see if they care enough about you to get you a good travel deal.
Prior to booking your trip, check your schedule to see if you can take a leave from work to fix all the details and paperwork for your travel. Confirm and reconfirm your flight and hotel bookings since these, especially the travel bookings, should be finalized once and for all. Be sure you have booked exactly what you wanted, or else you may not check-in on time.
It is also reasonable when booking to ascertain that your passport is updated and in order to prevent any last-minute panics, and hours of lining up to renew it. Passports usually take three weeks to renew in the post; rush passport and emergency processing can be issued, however, they are often a hassle and you would be better off not having to do this if only you prepared sooner. Passport panics may even result in missing out on your last-minute shopping. Also check with your travel agent upon booking if you need any visas or vaccinations just to be safe. Vaccines are normally recommended when you are going to more exotic destinations; urban centers tend to be filled with man-made hassles.
Check if you have availed travel insurance which will cover for unforeseen emergencies overseas. You would not want to discover problems upon arrival. Deal with these matters prior to departure. Make sure that you get annual coverage so you are protected for all your little nuances overseas. Before buying travel insurance check first to know if you already have it, as several credit cards offer such bonuses in their signing up packages.
Photocopy your passport and leave a copy, together with your travel itinerary, with your parents or a trusted someone as an emergency contact. This may seem overcautious, but in case you and your passport are separated by, say, a nimble-fingered local, someone can provide you with all the particulars you require to speed-up your departure.
Be aware of the current events. Check the latest news abut the country you intend to visit if it is safe to travel to. Check for travel advisories. Unless you want to be a hero, don't visit war zones. See if the current weather situation in that country would permit you to go around. If the area recently encountered a tsunami or flood, it's useless going there even if the fare is slashed by ninety percent.
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