International travel is exciting, but it can also be daunting. There is a lot to plan for when you’re crossing more than state borders! At Park Me Fly Orlando, we’re dedicated to doing our part to make your next trip as stress-free as possible, which is why, in today’s blog post, we’ll be offering tips on how to plan an international trip. You already know where to start when it comes to reserving airport parking — read on for our tips, and book your parking spot at Park Me Fly today!
Decide on the Basics
The first step to planning an international trip is to establish the basics!
- Where do you want to go?
- What do you want to do there?
- When do you want to go and how long do you plan to stay?
- Who is going with you?
- How do you plan to travel?
This is your starting point! Next, you can start doing the research to make your dream trip a reality.
Do Your Research
One of the first things you should investigate is what the best timeframe would be to visit your destination of choice. If you have any flexibility in your personal calendar, try to be mindful of when you plan your trip. You can time your arrival with certain events or festivals you’re interested in, and you can also plan around bad weather like excessive heat or hurricane season. You don’t want to be stuck in your hotel because you planned your trip to India at the peak of summer!
You may also want to plan ahead to avoid peak tourist season for your preferred destination. You may miss a few big events or the best weather for that region, but you may also be able to find cheaper plane tickets and hotel rooms. Traveling off-season can also mean you’ll be able to enjoy exploring without crushing crowds!
Create an Itinerary
What do you want to do on your international vacation? There are a lot of ways to research your options these days, whether you want to start with Instagram and Pinterest or stick with good old paperback travel guides like Lonely Planet. Make sure to check the location of all your planned trip highlights and mark them on a digital or paper map so you can plan your route from one place to another.
We have no doubt that there will be a lot you want to do on your trip! However, you should make sure to whittle down your list to the top choices and pace yourself. International travel can be tiring, and packing your itinerary to the gills with activities and sight-seeing can leave you burned out once you return to everyday life. You still have to eat and sleep when you’re on vacation!
Consider staying in one place and exploring a few things more in-depth or spreading out your favorite attractions over a few days with plenty of time to relax. Planning to stay in interesting places like a castle or a yurt can make downtime more interesting, and you can always make local restaurants and bars a part of your plan so you can experience new things even when you’re sitting down and catching your breath.
If you’re a spontaneous person, then you may be resistant to having a day-by-day itinerary in place before you hop on a plane, but it can make your jet setting less stressful and more budget-friendly. You’ll be able to plan ahead for the accommodations and transportation you need, and booking those options in advance can be more affordable than doing it the day-of.
Make a Budget
International travel can be pricey! While doing a little math may not be as fun as scrolling through pictures of all the places you want to go, it can make your trip more affordable and help you save up ahead of time. First, you should determine how much you can save and how much you’ll be able to spend, because this can determine where you’ll be able to travel. Some destinations are more budget-friendly than others! Remember to include what you might be spending at home even when you’re out of the country, such as the cost of rent or pet sitting.
Once you have an idea of what you’re working with, you can start fitting expenses like hotel costs and excursion expenses into your travel budget. Look into exchange rates for your destination country, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to call your credit card companies to let them know you’ll be traveling!
Don’t Forget the Paperwork
Another big difference between traveling across the country and out of the country is that you may need more than a simple driver’s license to make it through airport security. You’ll need a passport, and if you need to order a new one, you should plan for that process to take between four and six weeks. If you already have a passport, make sure to check the expiration date so you don’t have any nasty surprises while standing in line!
Certain countries also have additional requirements. For example, you may need an international driving permit as well as a driver’s license if you plan to rent a vehicle. You may also need a visa in addition to your passport, so check your intended destination with the State Department to see if you need to plan for an additional few weeks to go through that process.
Book Your Travel
Last but not least, it’s time to start buying tickets and making reservations! Orlando offers flights to more than 50 international destinations, from Vancouver to Dubai to Bogota, and Park Me Fly makes parking your vehicle and reaching your gate simple. Our discount airport parking options can make your next trip a little more budget-friendly, and our free airport shuttle is available 24 hours. We even offer car detailing services while you’re away!
When you’re planning your next international trip, don’t forget to make a reservation with Park Me Fly Orlando. We hope to see you soon!