Trip Planning – Don’t Let This Happen to You!

Trip Planning

Trip Planning – Don’t let this happen to you!

Trip planning can be so exciting. Picking your destination and planning all the activities can be so much fun. You’ve put a lot of time into finding cheap flights, booking the perfect hotel and packing all your favorite things!  Yes, this is a trip you have been looking forward to for a long time. Don’t let these 7 things happen to you.

1. Check your Passport expiration!

Did you know that if your passport is due to expire in 6 months you can and will be refused entry into another country! Make sure you know when your passport expires and if your close to that expiration date, renew immediately before planning or purchasing your airline tickets!

2. What Visa?

There are a lot of countries that require Visa’s upon entry, even for a short vacation. Make sure you check before you purchase your airline tickets. Nothing ruins a trip more than not being allowed entry and having to return home!

3. Currency don’t leave home without it!

Always check the currency exchange rates before you leave for your trip. Don’t wait till you get to the airport or your destination because rates can cost you a bundle more. You can save money by going to your bank or currency exchange places before you leave for your trip. Did you know ATM’s are not always available when you need them? Or that Airport Currency Exchange gives you the worst rates. Also, when using your card in ATM’s or direct sales, you get an international processing fee on top of your charges. Finally, keep in mind some taxi’s only except cash.

4. Pack your carry on carefully

Make sure you know what you can and cannot bring on your carry on. So many people get stopped through security and end up having to throw away quite a bit of stuff on top of being delayed to the gate.  #1 tip, make sure everything liquid or soft solid goes in plastic bag! You can even get stopped at security for not having your chap stick put in plastic, which as happened to me,  true story!

5. Pick your seat

Don’t assume that because all your tickets were purchased together that you will be sitting together! Once you are all booked make sure to get back and look at the seat assignment and if you’re not happy where you are sitting make sure you get your seats picked quickly before they are all taken up.  Make sure to watch out and avoid additional travel fees when booking your flights as well.  

6. Boozing back to the USA from Duty Free

Repack you booze or liquid items in your checked bags upon entrance to the USA. Did you know that the US makes your go through customs on port of entry? You are then required to go through security again before you can get to your connecting flight. TSA rules stand even if purchased at duty free, so No liquids!  Take those items out of your carry on and repack them in your luggage! 

7. Check your destinations seasons not only the weather

Don’t let a rainy or monsoon season ruin your trip. Make sure you know what the seasons are before booking your trip and check the weather before you leave!

Have a safe and happy trip!

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  1. Reply

    Some good tips and some I didn’t even know! Can be a nightmare to travel if not prepared!

  2. Reply

    Some good tips and some I didn’t even know! Can be a nightmare to travel if you’re not prepared! x

  3. Reply

    I have flied so many times. Thanks for putting all these tips together. It sure can be useful for new travellers.

    • Helen
    • November 23, 2016

    Good tips. I always set my watch to the destinations time as soon as I am on the plane. It is a great way to avoid jetlag.

  4. Great list of tips! I am always preaching to my friends to check their passport and see if the country needs a Visa. Love that Visa tool you have.
    Also, I would recommend considering travel insurance. There is nothing worse than getting sick or having your expensive camera break or losing your luggage and travel insurance can cover a lot of stuff like that.
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    Passports really annoy me with the whole 6 month rule as what is the point if you can’t use it and you have to renew it you basically lose a whole 6 months worth of travel. I’ve not travelled out of the UK for a while now but this list is very useful x

  6. Reply

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ll be sure to remember them as I’m off on holiday soon- Dubai, Dublin and Maldives. Lots of flights!! xxx

  7. Reply

    These are such great tips! I’m always afraid I will forget my passport! One of my worst nightmares haha. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Reply

    I always travel with a carry-on because I hate waiting in line to claim my baggage. So these are great tips you have about proper packing, especially when it comes to personal items. You have to keep them below 100ml in size. Also, currency exchange should be done prior to your departure as exchange rates (like you said) in the airport can be very low.
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    All fantastic tips. I always get annoyed when people don’t know what items have to come out of their hand luggage before going through security x

    • blair villanueva
    • November 24, 2016

    Thanks for these good reminders. Most travellers overlooked their passport expiration especially when they travel in frequently and long stay, and that’s a total bummer. The rest can manage easily.

    • Paula
    • November 24, 2016

    I think this is a very good guide for people who are not used to travel, need to send it to my friend, who last time we sent to Poland had so many problems at the airport!!

    • Amy
    • November 24, 2016

    Very helpful and so relevant to me as I’m going to South East Asia in January to visit my boyfriend. I’m going to bookmark this page!

  10. Reply

    I never knew that about alcohol and America- that’s a fab tip. How annoying for so many holiday makers though!

    • mr.M
    • November 24, 2016

    Nice post! These are very important things for every traveler. Visa & Passport expiration were always my problems 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this post with us!

  11. Reply

    Great tips. We’ve been caught out before…a week before heading to Florence I checked my passport and it had expired!!! Cue a manic trip to London to the passport to get a new one issued!!

  12. Reply

    Great tips – I made the mistake with our last holiday of not realising we needed a special form filled in 72 hours before… only to be told by staff it wasn’t an issue and then told tough, you can’t fly. I was hysterical and had to call customs in the US who told me everyone was wrong, none of it was an issue and that we should just carry on as normal now that I had filled it in. MENTAL.
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    Great tips!! I never knew about the 6 months expiry date thing and also I wouldn’t have thought of putting my lipbalm in a plastic bag.
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    Thank you for sharing these great tips 🙂 I got a new passport two years ago, so at least on that part I won’t have to worry for a while. And I’ve definitely noticed how important it is to do some basic research on visas before going anywhere…Like, in January me and my boyfriend are going to Panama. He’s French and I’m Norwegian – and for some reason Norwegians can stay without a visa for 6 months in Panama, while he can stay only 3.. Not that we’re planning to stay that long – but still. It’s a strange fact 🙂
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    • Борка Шаула
    • November 24, 2016

    Great tips! I had no idea about the 6 months passport rule. So thank you for that. Oh, I completely agree about money. The best thing to do is to change the currency in your home town.

    • Laveena Sengar
    • November 24, 2016

    These are some great tips. I wasn’t aware about the currency rate and it’s price variation in different places. I am glad that I came across this article.

    • Ed Escueta
    • November 24, 2016

    It’s always great to read about some things that might not know. Thank you for sharing these great trip planning tips! Will definitely bookmark this for future reference

  15. Reply

    This is a very handy post. I have a few trips to plan so thanks for the reminder.

  16. Reply

    Yeah these are really helpful. Any traveller needs to read this. I learnt about airport currency exchange rate the hard way. thanks

  17. Reply

    very helpful travel advice. I had no idea about the passport thing, I will keep that in mind

  18. Reply

    Very helpful travel advice, I had no idea about the 6 month passport rule
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    Good basic tips for planning a trip. They’re all really important. Especially to have a valid passport :). Without it you won’t even be in the possibility to travel. A visa and the right currency are very important as well. It’s nice to have some cash when you arrive!
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  20. Reply

    A very useful post with so much sound advise, great post.

  21. Reply

    My brother had a bad experience when it comes to visa expiration. He was already in the airport when they found out that it was incorrectly stamped. Too bad, he wasn’t able to come home for Christmas. Really bad experience. Haha

    • Anosa
    • November 25, 2016

    These are some really awesome tips to remember, I travel often so I am always checking everything before I leave and when I am leaving
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    • nicol
    • November 25, 2016

    i do this all the time! i check every point as I’m the paranoid type and want everything to go smoothly

    • francesca
    • November 25, 2016

    Great check list guide to follow!! I always have to write a list of to do’s when planning a trip!! The last trip we went on my mother in law booked and without knowing my passport was in my maiden name it all turned into a big disaster!!!

  22. Reply

    The passport expiry is so important, as is making sure you have your passport, I took mine out when collecting a passport and lost it – total nightmare.

  23. Reply

    Obvious points but all too easy to forget, especially the passport one! I am one of those list maker and re-packing type of people but always forget something!

  24. Reply

    What some great tips I have to admit I had no idea that a country could refuse you entry if your passport is so expired within six months.
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    I’m so glad my credit card doesn’t charge international fees! It’s one less thing I have to worry about now when I travel lol. And great tip about checking the seasons!
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    • Emma
    • November 25, 2016

    Great checklist to follow here! Luckily I’ve never had an epic travel fail – but I did once ‘lose’ my passport at the airport! Nearly had heart failure until I found it again – double and triple check it all the time now!
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    • Mags
    • November 25, 2016

    Great tips. I’ve made a few of these mistakes before. ALWAYS pack booze in your checked bag!
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  26. I’ve never bought alcohol at airport duty free shops, so I hadn’t really thought about the fact that you would need to pack that into your checked luggage upon arrival in the US. Good point!

  27. Reply

    These are all fantastic tips when it comes to traveling abroad. I know for me my worst nightmare is traveling overseas and not having enough of the local currency or getting caught up in customs.

    • Jenna
    • November 25, 2016

    These are some awesome travel tips, I always need to use a checklist with now traveling with a toddler you seem to miss at least one thing.

  28. Reply

    Looks like more great tips from the travel experts! I have many friends who have gotten burned by not having the required travel visas they needed and currency is always the important one to check. 😉
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    Easy and useful tips! I love it.

    Although I must admit I never change money before I travel. I know, I know… airport fares are crazy, but are still better than the ones they would give you in an Spanish bank (where they don’t usually have them all, like on my last trip to Iceland. My bank wasn’t able to provide me Icelandic Kr).
    So I decided to travel without anything, change the smallest amount at the airport, just for the bus/train/whatever to the city and wait until next day to find a proper changing place 🙂

  30. Reply

    These tips are fantastic tips and I certainly didn’t know all of them! My passport was only renewed last year so I know I am good to go! I do need to organise some currency as I am off to Prague soon 🙂

  31. Reply

    I’ve forgotten currency on quite a few occasions annoyingly. I also once took my husbands passport to the airport instead of my own! Disaster. Jo x

    • Chloe
    • November 25, 2016

    I had a friend who didn’t renew his passport and it was a nightmare when he tried to travel! Which reminds me… I should probably check when my passport expires!

  32. Reply

    I am super organised, but this is great for those that arent xx

  33. Reply

    Fantastic advice, some of these are so easy to inadvertently do. So great to have a checklist to work from.

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    Great list of reminders. So far, not lucky enough to travel out of the states, but hopefully for our honeymoon next year that will be something we can do… working on my passport now and these tips, as I am ALL about planning. Thank you!

    • Nicki
    • November 26, 2016

    These are all SO important! And the most common things I forget lol – You would think after 10 years of traveling I would know .. but something always slips my mind

    • Indrani
    • November 26, 2016

    Very good practical tips! Forgetting even one of these will land us in a soup.
    I doubly keep checking so that I don’t miss.

  35. Reply

    I didn’t know about having to repack liquids in luggage when you get to the US, so that’s a really useful tip!

    • Hra
    • November 26, 2016

    Great tips as always !✌🏼️Thanks for sharing

  36. Reply

    Travel without details planing may be nightmare!

  37. Reply

    Great tips, it is important to be prepared.
    I must remember to renew my passport as it’s expiring soon.

    • LaShawn
    • November 26, 2016

    As soon as I finish parenting my kids and they are up and out of the house, I plan to travel more and these are really good tips.

  38. Reply

    Great tips for even the most seasoned travelers! Even now sometimes I forget to check the visa requirements for certain countries (bad I know). Glad I have wikitravel to save my butt a lot of times.

    • Katja
    • November 26, 2016

    Some good tips here that every traveller should be aware of – especially passports and visas!!
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    Great tips. I always make sure to have at least $100 worth (in the local currency) before I arrive. That way I can at least pay for a cab or transit. I use a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees (you just pay whatever the exchange rate is) to help keep down costs (and Im make sure to pay off the card right away). I also bank at a bank that’s part of the Global ATM Alliance so there are several countries (not all unfortunately) where I can withdraw cash with no fees. If I have to withdraw cash from an atm where there will be some fees I’ll take a larger amount to make it worthwhile (no use withdrawing $20 and paying a $4 fee when you can withdraw $200 for the same amount).
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    I always check airplane models too ever since I flew on an airbus that was so cramped. I also booked a trip to Vietnam and knew the visa requirements, unfortunately they changed the week before I left and the visa I thought cost $45, cost me $135. It didn’t ruin our trip, but it put a damper on the beginning.

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    You know what, you deserve a share and I have shred your article on my FB profile. It will help my friends never forget any essential stuff while planning a trip.

  42. Reply

    The 6-month requirement on passport is where a lot of holidaymakers don’t realise. Sometimes they are allowed to fly out of the country by their own immigration but get turned away by the destination’s immigration. It certainly can be a costly overlook.
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    • Nancy
    • November 27, 2016

    Excellent advice! Many people don’t realized that passport expiration dates are critical too. And I know so many people that have been refused entry because they didn’t realize they needed a travel visa.

    • Iga
    • November 27, 2016

    Fantastic tips! I am always trying to make sure my phone is charged, all important informations are printed out and I have wet wipes with me, especially during long flights. It just helps me to cope with the dry air and make sure I can refresh at any time.

  43. Reply

    These are such important things to remember in order to have an organised and stress free trip! So good and really helpful, thank you for sharing ☺️
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  44. Reply

    Some great tips. Fees from your bank for international transactions are the worse.

  45. Reply

    Lots of good information here. Don’t forget travel insurance, vaccinations, and the possibility of using a cash passport card. Check the fees your credit/debit card charge vs. a cash passport to see if it’s right for you.
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    The passport one is so important, not just valid, but some countries require at least six months on it.
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    These are handy tips. The passport expiration is so very important! I know too many people who realize too late that their passports are nearly due for renewal, or within the 3 months of renewal that so many destinations, including the US, require.

  48. Reply

    great tips! i need to definitely check this out again the next time i go traveling. thanks for sharing xo, sharon

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    We learned the hard way about the TSA booze and connecting flights rule. We brought champagne back as a gift and then it got confiscated by the TSA. One of our friends was ready to guzzle it from the bottle but then decided it wasn’t worth it. Someone at TSA got a really nice bottle of champagne that night!
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    Perfect checklist for any traveller whether business or leisure. I think you pointed out some important aspects like checking the season and just not the weather and also about duty restrictions which many of us tend to forget about easily. Thanks

  51. Reply

    Those are such great tips. I use a Charles Schwab debit card because there isn’t a fee for using it to withdraw money — anywhere. I did mess up on the passport, though. Since you need 6 months on the passport, and I have a year left for a year-long trip, I am going to have to deal with it somewhere along the way….

  52. Reply

    There’s so much that can go wrong when you’re travelling. We always make a checklist.

    • Sonja
    • November 28, 2016

    Great tip about checking the seasons! I forget that some places have wet seasons and it really makes a difference to travel. And the visas point too! I’m always super careful but have literally been with someone who turned up at the airport and was like what visa?
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    • neha
    • November 28, 2016

    Very useful tips. I am planning my first trip to Europe next year and I guess many of these tips are going to come handy for me. By the way, an off the track question – while traveling through multiple countries in Europe, would euros work or we would need to carry multiple currencies or exchange multiple times?
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  53. Some very useful tips here, thank you!
    *just off to check my passport expiry date!*

  54. Reply

    Great travel tips. It’s nice to have a checklist of items to check off, too, including the passport expiry date. I’ve heard stories of colleagues being stuck in another country for a bit because their passport expired while they were on the trip. 🙂

    • Liana
    • November 28, 2016

    This is such a great list of tips, and you’re definitely right. Sometimes we’re not aware of what we should do first and this is so mandatory! We have to check everything before picking a destination and get excited about the trip! It’s all about planning!

  55. Reply

    Good tips, but to be honest, I stopped worrying about the seats – even if we get separated with my travel companions on the plane… it’s not really a big problem 🙂

  56. Reply

    These are great tips! Especially the passport validity one. It’s so easy to forget to check that one! I also often forget and leave something in my carry-on that shouldn’t be there. I’ll keep this check list for my next trip!

    • Vicki Louise
    • November 29, 2016

    Some great tips! Its good to have a checklist to make sure your prepared. And thanks for the heads up about going through security again in the USA for connecting flights.. i’d be miffed if I lost my duty free!

  57. I love #1!!
    My 22 year-old brother in law traveled from Montréal to Amsterdam and then on a train to Hanover with an EXPIRED passport. 6 months after the expiration date!
    No one knows how he pulled this off, but he had to spend a week in Berlin to renew it while my husband and I went on our big UK trip we’d planned with him… And then he missed his return flight because he’d read the times wrong. Expensive mistake$!
    So now I’m in charge of checking everything next time he visits!
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      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • November 30, 2016

      Oh my gosh, what a nightmare, haha, I had to laugh because It’s something I would do 🙂

  58. Reply

    Great tips! I agree that the planning part is lots of fun. I got caught out in Auckland on a layover between Sydney and LA with the duty free booze! Luckily we had a sympathic customer officer who let us slide when we were able to produce the receipt and original packaging from the Sydney Airport duty free store.
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      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • November 30, 2016

      Love it! 🙂

  59. Reply

    Great tips! Would be very beneficial for all travellers 😉

  60. Reply

    These are travel basics that some of us forgot from time to time and this is a good reminder to always be mindful when planning a trip. Thanks.
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    Some excellent tips for people to take note of. I went to Vegas recently and thought I knew were my passport was until I went to do my esta and it wasn’t where I thought I was a wreck luckily I found it but never again.
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  62. Reply

    Thank you for the advice I double check and triple check for my trip next week.

  63. Reply

    the first tip is so important. A lot of travelers didn’t notice that and end up not able to push their travel. That’s terrible. These are all great and basic tips that most of us neglect. Thanks for reminding us!
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    Made me check my passport ahahaha I’ll be flying next week. Good thing I’ll check your article 🙂
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  65. Reply

    Fantastic advice for novice travelers that are clueless about a lot of things.
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    • Deanna
    • December 29, 2016

    Such great advice. Traveling stress free is the best way to travel.

  66. Reply

    Absolutely great post. Thanks for sharing so many tips with us.

  67. Reply

    Havent flown out on a trip to other country yetm definitely gonna save this link for when i do

  68. Reply

    These are such awesome tips! I will keep this in mind when we get to travel. I know my passport has expired.
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    • JcCee
    • December 30, 2016

    These are great tips! My husband always check the weather before we travel and I recheck bags over and over again to make sure not to miss something lol

  69. Reply

    This is all great advice! I’ve definitely forgotten to get foreign currency in advance before, thanks for reminding me to pick some up before my trip next week!
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    Checking the weather and season for the place youre visiting is so important!

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    • Elizabeth O.
    • December 30, 2016

    These are all very important to take note of. It’s nice to be prepared when you travel so that you won’t have issues in the airport or in the country that you’re visiting.

  71. Reply

    Even though I don’t travel much, these are great tips for the people that do. Glad to have learned a few things I never knew about like the seating. 🙂

    • Anne
    • December 30, 2016

    These are some great tips. I always check for the passport and visa.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • edira
    • December 30, 2016

    Thanks for the useful tips! Can’t believe I once forget to check the season and weather of my destination. Ended up spending most of the time in bed :”)

  72. Reply

    Great tips, these. I recently renewed my Canadian passport – a 10 year one – and I am looking forward to all sorts of travel adventures!
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  73. Reply

    These are great tips, I would hate to leave anything important!
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  74. Reply

    These sounds like a great tips for novice travelers. It’s no fun to forget things when travelling. Thanks for sharing!

    • TColeman
    • January 1, 2017

    I have been there where I didn’t check my passport and it had expired. Definitely important to keep track of that!

    • Rain
    • January 1, 2017

    i had a friend who wasn’t able to leave for her trip to paris because her passport was a little less than 6 months from being expired.

    She was able to correct it the next day and leave but, that’s a pretty expensive lesson learned since she was already at the airport checking in so, she had to reschedule her flight.

  75. Reply

    We always have problem with currency:D it’s really important to change it before you will arrive

    • Chrysoula
    • January 3, 2017

    Great tips. It is always good to have some cash in the local currency before you arrive at the destination. Cards are not always accepted everywhere.

  76. Reply

    So important! People don’t realize how important planning out details in your trip really are… it’s so much harder to fix something you overlooked once your abroad.


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