Plan Your Trip
Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied. – Arnold H. Glasow
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- Start with the best resources for first-time travelers or best travel advice according to a reader.
- How to Get US Passports, Travel Visas, and Immunizations.
- Wondering whether to travel solo, with friends, or with a group of friends you haven’t met yet? Let us help you decide.
- Save ALL the time, get ALL the answers: Let Jackie walk you step-by-step through planning your trip with The Budget-Minded Traveler Blueprint.
Podcasts For First-Time Travelers
CHOOSE A DESTINATION
- 3 Easy and Affordable Destinations for Beginner Travelers.
- Learn 7 helpful things to consider when choosing your destination(s) in The Budget-Minded Traveler Blueprint.
- Get inspired by our favorite travel books and movies.
We Have City Guides to Destinations Around the World
Podcasts About Choosing a Destination
FLIGHTS + TRANSPORTATION
- Learn how to research flights and get our strategies to find cheap flights.
- Learn how to use budget airlines to get around Europe cheaply.
- We can help you prepare for a long flight and fight off motion sickness.
- Consider a hop-on hop-off bus system in Europe.
- When to use a Eurail pass (and when not to).
- Consider alternate means of travel, like cycling, vanlife, or motorcycle.
Podcasts About Flights + Transportation
- Why You Need Travel Insurance and Where You Can Buy It.
- Many travel credit cards offer insurance benefits. Check your favorite travel credit card or apply for one to get those awesome extras!
- We’ve used: month-to-month protection including global medical coverage from SafetyWing, annual plans from Allianz, short-term plans from World Nomads, and InsureMyTrip where you can compare many plans and providers at once.
Podcasts About Travel Insurance
- Tips for Finding Cheap Accommodations Overseas.
- Consider Couch Surfing and hostels to save money.
- Work for your accommodations with Workaway, Helpx, or WWOOF.
- Housesitting or petsitting is another way to score cheap accommodations.
- We have all the hostel safety tips for female travelers.
- We love hostels at all ages – Why I’m 30 and Still Stay at Hostels.
Podcasts About Accommodations
- Avoid ATM fees while you travel with a Charles Schwab checking account.
- Learn how to avoid fees overseas using credit cards and how to access your money overseas.
- 21 Budget Tips That WILL Save You Money On the Road.
- Let us help you choose the best travel credit card for your needs.
Podcasts About Money Overseas
SMART TRAVEL TIPS
- All Americans should know these 12 things before traveling overseas.
- Learn these travel adapter basics and be ahead of the curve.
- What to wear traveling the world – dress codes around the world.
- Learn the best ways to meet people as a solo traveler.
- What to do when an airline loses your luggage.
- 10 things to do as you prepare for long-term travel.
- Why you should learn another language – and how!
- How to say “I’m hungry” in 10 different languages.
- Work your way around the world – find a job, volunteer, or join the Peace Corps.
- Use education as a way to see the world! There are so many study abroad options available.
Podcasts About Smart Travel Tips
- The Ultimate Travel Packing List: A Year in a Carry On Backpack.
- We can help you choose the best travel shoes, backpack, or crossbody bag for your trip.
- Need help picking the best travel-friendly hair products? We can help.
- Men, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a men’s carry-on packing list just for you!
- What to pack to survive a long flight.
- Planning a bike tour? We’ve got an all-weather packing list for you.
- We share all the tips for packing for long-term travel in a carry-on.
- How to choose the perfect travel backpack.
- Backpack reviews: Osprey Farpoint 55L, Osprey Meridian 60L Wheeled Carry On, Gregory Jade 50L.
- How to pack for Europe in a 30L backpack.
- The best things to pack to help you stay healthy and to help you sleep while traveling.
Podcasts About Packing
- Compare cell phone plans for travelers and choose the best one for you.
- How to Get a Foreign Prepaid SIM Card Before You Travel.
- Plus, learn how I Switched to T-Mobile and will never turn back.
- Learn how to keep your US cell phone number while you travel long-term.
- See our list of must-have travel apps.
- Itching to get on the open road? Add these helpful road trip apps before you go!
- Make sure to download our travel and adventure playlist!
Podcasts About Traveling with Cell Phones
GROUP TRAVEL TIPS
- Read about the benefits of traveling with a group and the different ways to do it.
- We’ll help you stick to your budget when traveling with friends.
- 5 Tips For Traveling with a Friend (or Family or Partner).
- Get rich travel experiences at affordable prices with Busabout.
- To travel solo – but not alone – try Busabout! Read about driving through the Balkans and sailing from Split to Dubrovnik in Croatia and back.
Podcasts About Group Travel
Podcasts About Returning Home After Traveling
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