The 10 Most Frequently Asked Travel Questions

Helping you plan your next travel adventure!

1. Do I Need A Passport?

If you are flying internationally than yes! A passport is a must.  Keep in mind when planning your travel adventure that according to the US department of State Bureau of Consular affairs  passport can take 4-6 weeks and expedited can take 2-3 weeks.  So it’s probably best to plan on getting your passport in advance.  For more info on how to get your passport click HERE

2. Do I Need a Visa for the Country I’m Traveling To?

It depends on which country you are visiting.  Many European countries that are part of the EU do not require American citizens to obtain a tourist visa.  This allows you to stay for up to 3 months.  Other countries vary on whether or not a visa is required.  It’s always best to check HERE with the US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs that will let you select the country you’d like to visit and will tell you what type of visa is required.

3. Is It Safe to Travel There?

Safety is an EXTREMELY important factor while traveling and it is important to know if there are any alerts in the country you are planning on visiting before you buy your plane ticket!  You should check if the US Government has any alerts for the countries that you would like to visit by going to their website HERE that way you can ensure your travel adventure is as safe as possible.  You can also register HERE to let the US Gov’t know when and where you are planning on taking your adventure in case of emergencies.

4. How do I travel on a Budget?

Traveling on a Budget can be difficult, but not impossible. Planning, Planning, Planning is key when traveling on a budget. For  tips on traveling on a budget, then check out my Traveling to Europe on a Budget.

5. What Type of Vacation Would be Best for Me?

What type of vacation is best for you often times depends on what type of person you are and what type of vacation you are looking to take.  Do you want to relax on the beach or are you looking to do some sightseeing? To find out what type of vacationer you are and to help you find out what type of vacation would be best for you take a quiz HERE.

6. Can I Use my Debit/Credit Card Internationally?

It depends on your bank and the type of credit card you have.  Most debit cards you are able to use in at most ATMs, but you do need to notify your bank before traveling that you will be using your debit card abroad.  There are special credit cards that you can open that are specifically for traveling, but keep in mind that not all places use credit cards often.  In Europe and in many other places in the world, cash is used primarily.  So if you have a debit card and their will be ATMs near by then a debit card is all you really need.  Also, keep in mind that most banks do charge higher transaction fees abroad, so be sure to check what they are before traveling.

7. Do I Need A Travel Agent?

No, you don’t.  With enough patients and research you don’t need a travel agent to help you book flights, hotels, and tours. And if you’re like me you don’t trust someone to book a vacation that I’m going to be spending my hard earned savings on.  Is it more convenient if they do? Yes.  Does it cost money? Yes.  So my best suggestion to you would be to take the time, do the research, and plan your travel adventure yourself.

8. Are My Flights Refundable?

Whether or not your flights are refundable depends on the airline you are flying with.  Some airlines will refund you the ticket for no extra charge, while some require you to pay extra when you are initially purchasing your ticket.  If this is something that you are concerned about make sure you find out what the airlines refund policies are before booking your ticket,

9. I’m Traveling Internationally Do I Need a New Cell Phone?

No, you do not need a new cell phone.  Before you leave for your trip check with your cell phone carrier to find out what your plan covers internationally.  The cell phone provider I’m currently with does not charge any additional data fees when out of the country and also allows texting with no extra charge!  You can also use apps like whatsapp are fantastic because it allows you to make a call via your data plan to anyone else who has the app. This is what Den and I use when we are in Germany and when we are back in the US to communicate with our friends and family outside the country.

10. What should I pack?

Packing is never fun, and can truly be tedious! Where you are going, what you are doing, what time of year, and the activities you are planning to do are all contributing factors into what you should pack, but there are a few packing essentials that are needed for almost any trip.  To find out what they are check out my Short Trip Packing Tips  HERE!