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The world is an amazing place! From a safari in Kenya to scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, there’s something for everyone. But what next? How on earth do I go about getting there? I don’t even know where to start! The Encyclopedia?
First, take a deep breath. Travel is fun, and planning your trip is part of the fun. Second, know your resources. I, your travel agent, am your number one asset. Not only can I cut through the ‘red tape’ to get you where you want to go, I’m also a wealth of real life knowledge on what traveling to many countries is really like, as well as offering common sense travel tips.
For instance, you don’t need to convert currency before you go. I went to 11 countries in 17 days and would only withdraw enough money for that day from an ATM at the train station or airport.
The fees are not that high. If you have a credit card, make sure that it does not have extra fees for international use. Use your card at most restaurants. Even many smaller vendors or souvenir shops now have card machines.
I’m also up-to-date on recent changes in laws involving travel, such as the new regulation that you will need a passport for all air travel, foreign and domestic, starting in 2020. Real ID or driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted. So if you don’t have a passport, now is a great time to get one.
Your second asset is the U.S Department of State’s website at www.travel.state.gov. From this site you can find out how to get a passport, among other things. There are pages for every country which tell you everything you need to know from which travel advisories are in effect to specific information regarding your passport’s validity, and how many blank pages you need to have left in it for stamps. For example, if you’re travelling to Greece, you must have at least 6 months left before expiration on your passport before you leave on your trip.
There is also a section for each country labeled “Local Laws and Special Circumstances.” This is a good one to review, since all laws are not like those in the United States. Did you know that you can’t travel to Canada if you’ve EVER had a DWI or DUI? If you want to go, you must get “approval for rehabilitation from Canadian authorities,” which can take several weeks to process.
Travel Advisories are also important, but should not be alarming. They are:
Level 1 Exercise Normal Precautions: Morocco, Canada
Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution: Germany, Kenya, United Kingdom
Level 3: Reconsider Travel: Haiti, Pakistan
Level 4: Do Not Travel: Iran, North Korea
Level 1 is almost never used as there is usually some sort of precaution when going anywhere.
Level 2 is normal for most counties. Don’t go out at night alone, always have your passport on you, know where your hotel is or have a hotel card with their address on it to give to a taxi person to get you back home in case of language barrier. Be smart when you travel and you can still have the best time.
I have traveled all over the world and having just gotten back from overseas myself, I can tell you that going to 11 countries in 17 days was a challenge. Having the right train tickets, passport, bus pass, etc. really helped to make the trip a pleasure. Let me help you with all those plans, from passport and visas, to helpful advice on where you would like to go and what time of year is best.
I have the experience of 11 plus years traveling overseas and around the United States. I have tried every bag and contraption they have. I am an accredited Travel advisor, so let me take the stress out of your vacation so you can just come back with the best memories to last you a life time.
Remember Lamfers Journeys when you think of taking your next adventure with your family.