10 Easy Steps to Help You Plan your First Trip Abroad

10 Easy Steps to Help You Plan Your First Trip Abroad

I believe that you are reading this post for a purpose. Perhaps, you would love to travel someday and you are gathering enough courage to do so. Or probably, you already got the courage but still don’t know how can you make your first international adventure. For this reason, I came up with ten easy steps to help you plan your first trip abroad.
I used to believe that traveling is for those people who are naturally born with a silver spoon in their mouth until I get exposed to different travel blogs. These platforms have changed how I see things when it comes to traveling. I have come across not just one, two, or three, but many blogs that keep on proving that there are ways for traveling to be possible. I found it 100% true when I started my own trip abroad last 2015.

Here are my simple tips on how can I make your trip abroad possible.

1. Choose a country where you want to travel

It is better to choose a country that will not require you for a tourist visa. No tourist visa needed, no hassle.

My first international travel destination was Singapore, one of the countries which is near on my own. I chose it for several reasons. First, it is known as a safe and peaceful country. Second, it is just 3-hours away from the Philippines. Third, it is the country where I am going to meet again my Chinese best friend.

 

2. Determine the length of your stay

There are many factors that you need to consider before you take a vacation to another country. One of these factors is your line of work and how long will you be allowed to have a vacation abroad.

Another thing that you should not forget in mind is to find the cost of living in that particular country. Remember, your budget must be proportionate to the length of your vacation trip as well.

 

3. Plan the activities that you are going to do.

Now that you already have an idea on how long are you going to stay in your destination, the next step is to identify what activities will you do in there. If it is just merely sightseeing, then you just have to spend on your food and transportation. If you desire to spend some of your time to amusement parks, you can also avail discount tickets online prior to your visit.

 

4. Research, research, research.

A budget trip abroad is possible if you do your research well.

Researching is the key for a successful travel budget.Click To TweetRead travel blogs, ask people, join travel blog groups. Doing such things are essentials. Do a research on how much you really need to be able to enjoy your holiday overseas. You don’t actually have to spend much.  Traveling to some countries in Asia is possible, even you just have around $200 to $300.

 

5. Work hard, save harder.

Traveling involves sacrifices when it comes to spending money. If you want to save more, you better work hard. Make no room for laziness if you want to achieve something. You better work hard and spend your money wisely.
Prioritize the things which are most important like foods, tuitions, bills, etc. If you have debts to anyone, do not forget to pay that person first. Traveling is not good when you know you still have a debt to someone. So better settle everything first before you leave.

 

6. Secure a passport.

Getting a passport has become easier now because of technology. For Filipinos, just go directly to DFA’s passport application online where you can make an appointment for your passport application. All the information you need to know can be found just by clicking on their FAQ’s menu.

On the other hand, if you already have a passport, you have to make sure that it is valid 6 months beyond the date of your departure to avoid inconvenience.

 

7. Book your plane tickets.

Have patience waiting for a seat sale before you book a plane ticket abroad. To keep yourself updated with the promos of different airlines, visit their websites regularly. You can also join them through their social networking accounts by liking their page and saving it.

Others keep on complaining they cannot go in another country because the ticket already cost an arm and a leg. A round trip ticket to Singapore may cost as high as 18,000 pesos but if there is a promotion you can have it for 6,000 pesos or even lower than that.

 

8. Make sure to book your accommodation in advance.

The earlier you book for an accommodation abroad the better. It is advisable to go to a hostel rather than a hotel to save money. There are many decent and budget hostels to choose from. Both Agoda and Airbnb will be of great help for you.

Study the reviews given to a particular hostel and its location as well. It is much better to stay in a hostel which is just near to the tourist attractions that you are going to visit.

 

9. Phone your credit card company that you will be out of the country on specified dates.

Credit cards are a big help when you are going to travel abroad; however, before you plunge on your dream trip you must inform your credit card issuer of your travel schedules. It might raise suspicion if the banks noticed that an unexpected transaction overseas was done using your credit card. Such occurrence of a sudden change in spending pattern might make your banks stop granting spending authorization.

 

10. Tell your family members and trusted friends that you are going for a trip.

No matter what is your age right now it is always necessary to let the people around you know your whereabouts for safety reasons. Accidents occur sometimes even we do not want them to participate in our dear life. Traveling outside the country is much better if you have the blessings and support from your loved ones.

One motto that Steven and I believe is that “If there is a will, there is a way!” Traveling in a budget is possible with careful research, proper discipline in spending money, and having faith in God and in yourself.

 

Any suggestions or questions on planning a trip abroad? Let us know your thoughts about it using the comment box below.

 

 

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Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life with her wonderful family, great friends, and supportive boyfriend. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

34 comments

  1. wow! amazing! this is what I do when I go out on a trip with my family. but next month I am traveling to Cairns and I hope this tips of yours would be so helpful to me. Thanks for this list! I will have to take print out of this writeup! Haha! Cheers!

  2. Those are wonderful tips! Making sure your passport is still valid and calling your banks are definitely very important as otherwise we can struggle! The planning is research is a must as well otherwise you can miss really cool stuff ! Great post !

  3. Point #4 hit home the most. Researching a potential destination is crucial. And while it’s always good to be spontanious, your first destination should be well-researched. And #9 – it’s all well and good telling your credit card company you are going aboard… but the amount of times they don’t register your call is incredible. Resulting in a blocked card in NZ… haha.

  4. Research is so important:) these are some great tips. However, it’s not always necessary to book everything in advance. I’ve often regretted it, because travel plans can change once your there. I’d advice to at least book accommodation for the first night, but leave the rest open. There are a few countries were hostels are scarce and there it would of course be a good idea to book early!

  5. I love that you included research on your list! I love learning about the history, culture, and language before I travel to a new country or city even! It makes the trip much more meaningful and gives you an entirely different perspective.

  6. This is a great post! These things are so important to consider when travelling abroad. Saving money for those expenses you don’t expect is huge. Research is also so important to ensure you are prepared for the destination. Thanks for this!

  7. I think you nailed this article! I especially like your tip on Work Hard, Save Harder. You have some very helpful and important tips. I think the one thing we should have done better when we traveled abroad to Europe was research. We definitely should have researched more and read articles from travel bloggers.

  8. Yes to all of these! The one that’s most important but also the most overlooked is the credit card one–so many people forget to tell their banks they’re leaving, and end up with a frozen account. My husband works in finance, and, on more than one occasion, has had to help some of his customers who’ve gotten in that situation!

  9. Yes, that bank tip!!! And be careful because some banks make you issue a secondary statement depending on the length of your stay… and planning is a must! To get the most done, you have to be efficient. This is a great list of tips =)

  10. That credit card tip is really important! I was stranded in Malaysia once with no funds and my bank cancelled all my cards because I had not told them I was stopping there on the way home. I had told them about my other destinations but not my stopover – that was enough for them to stop all my cards and me to go hungry for a couple of days 😉

  11. I travel alone all the time and these are great tips for planning any trip. I think nowadays I have gotten comfortable and complacent and lazy and definitely miss some of your steps from time to time!

  12. These are some great tips for first-timers traveling overseas! I especially agree with phoning your credit card companies as I failed to do that my first time and went through quite a hassle. HUGE first timer mistake that can be easily avoided.

  13. One more! While it might sound like a hassle, it’s important to update your family about your whereabouts whenever you change location so that it is possible for them to track you in case of emergency!

  14. I’ve travelled on my own before but that was for work and I didn’t get a chance to see the places I’ve been at. I still want to travel on my own someday. Thanks for the tips, they’re very practical.

  15. I’ve never go abroad alone, and this post is very much helpful! I bookmarked your post so I could read it again in the future. Travelling, especially when alone, really needs a lot of planning, and these steps are useful. Thank you for this! <3

  16. I tried booking for an appointment so I can get my passport. However, all the dates either say “No Available Schedule” or the times have a “Not Available” label. Do you know why it`s like this? Thank you. Have a great weekend!

    ❀ Grace ❀

  17. I have traveled abroad before, but still your tips are very useful. I’m a really chaotic person. So I always arrange everything at the last moment. And then you tend to forget things as well. Research is very important! I always love it when I know at least a little bit what to expect and how to stay out of trouble. :). Especially when you’re really going far away it’s great to know more about the culture and rules.

  18. Indeed travelling needs too much of planning and when it is to some other country then we have to be very meticulous. Thanks for awesome tips.

  19. I think research is the best tip. Reading up on other’s journeys to your travel destination helps. You can familiarize yourself, take in the best suggestions and watch out for some do’s and don’ts you only learn by going to a certain place. Though it wouldn’t be my first time abroad to actually plan a trip as an adult would be my first.

  20. Working on the itinerary and budget on your own is so much more practical money-wise and it’s way more exciting than just asking a travel agency to create all the guides for you especially on your first trip. These items on the list can get anyone covered.

  21. Because of the budget airlines, we have been travelling abroad more and more every year. Research is really the best thing to do to prepare for the trip. I had never done #9 ever before, but I understand your advice.

  22. I haven’t gone on my own trip yet. Though I have traveled to some countries before but I did it with my family. This year, one of my goal is to save up and travel abroad and these tips are very very helpful. Even though, I’m still saving, I tend to do some of the things listed above. I search for the best hotels, look for cheap flight tickets and etc.

  23. I agree. Of late, budget travel has become very much possible. I never thought in my school or college days that I’ll ever travel out of my country and now I’ve been to quite a few!!! The point about Credit Card is very important I believe. I didn’t do it but gladly mine didn’t get blocked but I got a mail the moment I swiped asking me to confirm if it was me!!!

  24. The tips are actually very useful, especially the one with the passport being valid at least 6 months prior to your vacation. I thought it was 3 months, but now I understand I would have some issues if I traveled with a passport that is only 3 months valid prior to my trip. The one with phoning the card issuers is also excellent. I would have never thought to inform them of my trip.

  25. Truly, these are tips that I deem to be done already, by you! Well, that’s my guess actually. To be able to travel, one must really do research and save for it. It may cost a lost if you haven’t availed of the promo fare. But, travelling is a gift to the soul. It lets you recuperate from pain from a break-up or recharge because of a tiring week or just freshen up your entire existence. 😀

  26. So, I was thinking of the first time I travelled on my own. I can’t seem to remember, but it has to be to Shanghai, I think. Before that, I always had family or friends, so I did not have to take care of arranging everything on my own. Even so, back then, it is normal to go to travel agencies and they take care of everything including the tours. But times have changed. Most people traveling now do it on their own, that means searching for the best available flight and accommodation.

    From the things you included in your post, one thing really stood out for me.

    Debts.

    Far more younger people today travel on debts, rather than on extra money. When I say extra money, that means it is a travel fund, and separate from other funds saved.

    So, good tip there that you made.

    1. I agree with you. My boyfriend and I cannot travel as much as we want to because of our work. So, every time we are going to have a trip, we plan it carefully and we make sure the trip is something we will cherish until we grow old.

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