If you’re a newbie traveler, who may be traveling solo, you might be overwhelmed by the amount of information out there, including where to go. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are deciding between international travel destinations.
When you’re deciding on the country you’re going to visit, first, look at your schedule. If you have only had a few days you can take off of work or school, consider choosing a location closer to the United States with a short flight time. It may not be feasible to take a long flight to the other side of the world when you have to come back in a few days for work. Also, the further away from home you go, you not only have to consider travel time but jet lag as well.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to book a direct flight or have a layover that is not too long.
When looking at a potential destination, check to see how you’re going to get around. If you plan on staying at a resort the entire time, then this may not apply to you. But if you want to go sightseeing, see if the city you’re traveling to is walkable or has great public transportation. Is it easy to get around? Will you have to use a ride-sharing app, or drive everywhere? These factors should be kept in mind.
Do the locals in the place you want to visit speak the same language? And if they don’t, are you comfortable traveling to that country? Be sure to check out What To Do If You Don’t Speak The Local Language.
Depending on the country you visit, your money goes a lot further than others. For example, you may be able to get more bang for your buck if you visited Mexico than the U.K.
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This should be a top priority when you travel. One of the first things I recommend is to check out the State Department’s travel site for information about the country you’re headed to. On travel.state.gov, you can see safety considerations for your country.
The news is another source to learn about the safety of the country you want to visit.
Reports of terrorists attacks are another thing to take into consideration. Even looking at weather patterns are important. If you are thinking about visiting a country during the time they experience a lot of hurricanes, that can factor into your decision of where, when, and if you decide where to go.
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In some countries, you will need a visa to enter. Others you will not. Be sure to check out the visa requirements before you buy your ticket.
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