Do you have a long list of trips that you dream about taking one day? Far away travel can seem and actually be exotic. It does not however, have to be out of reach. Seeing the corners of the globe is not limited to those who are rich and famous. With a little creativity, lots of imagination, improvisation, trips to exotic places can indeed be within your reach. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure those trips on your bucket list.

The key to achieving any goal is to have a plan broken down into steps that you can actually execute. Working under the premise that you may not have an unlimited travel budget, set up a separate savings account for travel. The longer in advance you plan your trip, the lower fares and rates you’ll be able to take advantage of.  For large trips overseas lasting a week or more in duration, plan on at least six months to one year for advanced bookings of flights and hotel or private home accommodations. Estimate the cost of your trip and plan on setting aside that amount each month. It is never recommended to assume credit card debt to go on vacation – the debt hangover is never worth it.

Buck List Trips

Determine your dates, destination and budget.  The first step is to begin researching flights. It’d generally the least expensive to book a round trip into one of the major European cities such a Frankfurt, Paris or London. Plan on spending at least three nights in each country, any less than that and it’s nearly impossible to get the true flavor of a country, it’s culture, people and major sightseeing highlights. Most European cities are very walkable. Check out the deals offered by Groupon coupons and explore the variety of activity trackers offered by Fossil.com.

Check on the expiration date on your passport. Most European countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration after the date of departure on your return ticket.  Allow for at least three months processing time for passport renewals or initial applications for passports. Pay special attention to the documents required for children under age 18. Appointments for passport renewal can be made at your local post office.  Best of luck on your grand European journey!

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Do you have a long list of trips that you dream about taking one day? Far away travel can seem and actually be exotic. It does not however, have to be out of reach. Seeing the corners of the globe is not limited to those who are rich and...