Travel Advice: Booking Your Trip

Travel Booking Tips


When you have finalized your budget, travel dates, and details of your trip you are now ready to book your trip. This can be done through hotel bookings, online bookings or through travel agencies. If you do not like to book at a travel agency, it is still worth visiting just to get some
brochures to read and to find out if they have any alternate offers. If your trip overseas is for a
wedding, or some specific event,  try to to ask the bride and groom or the event organizer for any recommended venues, because big events often  are given group discounts or special rates for the occasion. If you have any relatives or friends employed in the hospitality business, this is a good moment to contact them and realize if they care enough about you to obtain you a good travel deal.

Prior to booking your trip, check your schedule to check if you can obtain a leave from work to deal with all the details and procedures for your travel. Settle and reconfirm your flight and accommodation bookings since these, especially the travel bookings, should be nailed down at last. Make sure you have availed exactly what you wanted, otherwise you may not check-in on time.

It is also reasonable when booking to be sure that your passport is updated and in order to thwart any last-minute panics, and hours of waiting to have it renewed . Passports generally take a few weeks to renew in the post; rush passport and emergency processing can be made, however, they are often a hassle and you will be better off not having to fix this if only you arranged sooner. 

Passport panics may even result in missing out on your important shopping. Also ask your travel agency upon booking if you need any visas or vaccinations just for safety.  Vaccines for travel are usually suggested when you are traveling to more exotic places; urban centers tend to be filled with artificially-made fusses.

Check if you have availed travel insurance which will insure you for unforeseen emergencies outside the country. You will not want to uncover troubles upon arrival. Manage these matters before departure. Make sure that you get annual coverage so you are protected for all your little nuances overseas. Before getting travel insurance confirm first to see if you already have it, because several credit cards offer such bonuses in their sign in packages.

Make a scanned copy of your passport and leave a copy, together with your trip itinerary, with your close relative or a trusted person as an emergency contact. This may look overcautious, but in case you get your passport misplaced, one can provide you with all the data you need to speed-up your departure.

Be aware of the social situation. Know the latest news abut the country you intend to visit if it is safe for tourists. Check for travel advisories. Unless you want to be a hero, don't visit war zones. Check if the weather situation in that country would permit you to go around and enjoy the sites.  If the area recently encountered a tsunami or flood, it's useless going there even if the air fare is slashed by ninety percent. 


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