Traveling abroad can be a life changing experience for anybody, from kids to teens to adults and seniors. However, traveling around the world, especially to a place you’ve never been before, can also be pretty scary. If you’re not prepared, it can be a whole lot more difficult to make sure you maximize your experience as well.

While traveling shouldn’t be too stressful, you need to make sure you do everything the right way when you travel abroad. Use our guide to help you make sure your plans are as smooth as possible before you get on that airplane.

Get Your Passport Early

If you already have a valid passport that isn’t set to expire any time in the near future you can skip this step. However, if you’re traveling abroad for the first time or you just don’t have a valid passport, you’re going to need to obtain one well before your trip.

In some places you may be able to get your passport in less than two weeks. You’ll need to be in a big city where you can pick up your passport though, and there are only a few offices in the country that offer that service.

That’s why you need to apply for your passport at least 60 to 90 days before you trip to make sure you have it in time. You may be able to get expedited shipping and service, but you don’t want to spend more than you need to. 

Save that money for your vacation and plan to get your passport well before you leave the country.

Book Smart

Going abroad means paying for airfare and booking a hotel room. To do that and not spend a fortune, you need to book your airfare as soon as possible. In fact, you’ll probably want to do this at least 90 days before your trip so you can get the best possible deal.

When it comes to hotel rooms you may not need to book quite so far in advance unless you’re going to travel abroad during a holiday season or when the city you’re visiting is busiest. In addition to hotels, you can find things like Paris vacation apartments that can be a wonderful deal, especially for families who want to prepare meals and need more space than a hotel room has to offer them.