Before You Go

Tips for smooth international travel:

Passports and VISAs

  • Apply at the US Department of State for your passport at least 3-6 months before you plan to leave for your trip.
  • If you already have a passport, check the expiration date.  Renew your passport if the expiration date is less than 6 months past the end date of your trip.  Example – if your trip ends on July 1, 2018, your passport needs too be valid through January 1, 2019.
  • Make several copies of your passport and place one in each piece of your luggage.
  • Check with the country to which you are traveling for Visa requirements for United States Citizens.  You may be able to apply for a VISA online.  However, some countries will provide a Visa on arrival and some will require that you submit an application with by mail.  They will have specific timelines for validity and period of stay – so read the requirements carefully and apply accordingly.


  • Familiarize yourself with the weather patterns of your destination(s) and plan your wardrobe accordingly.  See our packing tips here.
  • Check the luggage size and allowances for all airlines that you will be using during your trip.  Buy or borrow luggage as needed.
  • Buy a money belt or bag that will fit your passport and can be concealed beneath your clothing.


  • Apply for an international driver’s license if you expect to rent a car.
  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program which will enroll you with the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Notify your bank of your planned travel dates and destinations.
  • Buy trip insurance to cover all aspects of your trip.
  • Order money from your bank in the local currency of the destination country.
  • Research restaurants, attractions, and transportation options for your destinations.   You don’t want to miss out on the things you might like to do that are not included in your tour itinerary.

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