Travel was always something big on my list. Now as a seasoned traveler, I’ve been able to experience many places in a short amount of time and I am very grateful to have experienced. Nothing describes the feeling of traveling more than reaching a counter with your passport in hand and getting a stamp to enter a new country. International travel has become one of my favorite ways to see the world. I’ve been able to travel to Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Dubai, and Greece most recently, and I have had the most amazing time of my life.
Traveling internationally does take a little bit more preparation than if I were travelling domestically, but reassured you can take a look and see how I prepare to jet set internationally.
There are so many destinations in the world that we can travel to and the world literally is our playground. I’ve made a bucket list of places that I want to travel and go through the list with my husband and pick a place to start planning. Our first international trip was to Mexico. We chose somewhere close since it was our first trip because I didn’t want our first trip to be somewhere far like Tokyo, which will take more than 24 hours to get there. I would suggest traveling somewhere close. Don’t limit yourself, but keep flight time in mind when selecting your first trip.
With all the tools and deals out there, you can travel internationally for little to nothing. My preferred method of travelling internationally is by travel hacking my way to discounted or free flights. Travel hacking is simply reducing your travel costs using points and miles and loyalty programs. I maximize my points by using different credit cards and strategies Ever since I learned about it, it has tremendously changed the way I travel. Take some time and research how much it’s going to cost to get to your dream destination, where to stay, and excursions/activities that you may want to do before you get there.
Different countries have different customs and practices and you want to be respectful of that when you travel. It is very important to be cognizant of where you’re traveling and the clothing you pack. When I travelled to Dubai, as casual as we could be in the common areas such as the marina and the mall, we did visit different places such as the mosques where I was required to be completely covered from head to toe. Take a little extra time and research to prepare for what you may need when you travel internationally.
Last but not least, stay present in the moment and enjoy it. Since you were able to take some extra time to prepare you to reduce the risk of anxiety and worry about being unprepared. Keep the mindset of experiencing the unknown, but also be vigilant about your surroundings. Whether you do solo travel or group travel, you know you will have an amazing time.