How to plan a trip abroad with minimal effort
The process of planning a trip to a foreign country is not always easy. It implies a lot of time and consideration. Plus, if you need a visa to be able to travel, things have a tendency to get a bit complicated. After all, getting a standard visa is not always the most unchallenging experience. Not to mention that you have to take care of so many other things such as accommodation, transportation, or whatever else you may have on your itinerary. Below, you will find some tips on how to plan your vacation abroad with as little effort as possible.
See if you can get a visa online
Nowadays, many countries offer you the opportunity to get a visa online. If that is the case, make sure to check if you, in particular, are eligible for an eVisa. Just because the electronic visa is available, that does not mean you qualify for it. That is easy to check. A simple Google search about the visa policy of the country you want to visit should clear things up for you in an instant. Usually, all that is required to get an electronic visa is a valid passport and a few other easy-to-get documents and information. You have to fill in an online application form and make the payment, and the travel document you need is linked electronically to your passport. You receive a copy via e-mail as well. That is pretty much it. It is that simple!
Passport photos are available online too
You do not have the time to go to a photo studio or to a drug store to have your picture taken? No problem. Some services can use your webcam to take a passport photo for you. All you have to do is to follow a few guidelines, and the pictures will arrive via mail. You can submit that, together with other necessary documents, at the issuing authority.
Use well-reviewed accommodation services
If you travel a lot, surely you have a few negative experiences as well in your portfolio. Many people who use shady accommodation services end up without board and without money. You should use a service that checks out, one that is secure. After all, you do not need to have surprises when you get to your destination. Even if you get your money back, finding a new place to stay while on vacation is not the most pleasant thing to do. Fortunately, there are many such services that you can fully trust.
Use an agency
If you do not want to trouble yourself with the entire planning process, you can use a travel agency that will do all that for you. All you have to do is to tell them where you want to go, when you want to go, and set a budget. They can handle everything you want. They will even do the airport check-in so that you do not have to. As you can imagine, it will cost you a little extra, but if you do not have the necessary time, it is the best possible choice.
Use an itinerary app
I do not know if you know this, but there are apps out there that will create an itinerary based on what you plan to do when on vacation. As you already know, each booking you make, whether it is accommodation, transport, or activities, comes with a confirmation e-mail. What you can do is to upload all confirmation e-mails into the application, and the app will put it all together. Not only that you will have everything in the same place, but there is no danger of forgetting something. It is actually really neat.