Planning Your International Travel

by John Q. Harris

There is nothing like international travel to broaden the mind and fortunately it is now something that almost anyone can afford. You do not need not be rich to engage in traveling this way; a well-planned itinerary is as close as your computer keyboard plus you can find a good airfare if you plan ahead and travel in the of peak seasons, generally in fall and spring.

Even though many of the locations are cheapest in the winter, there are many places in Europe that have mild climates like Spain and Italy for example. When carrying out your online research, look for people that rent out their own apartments and homes perhaps for a shorter time which may mean it will be less expensive than through other specialist organizations.

There is no need to think that you will suffer without facilities like the internet, fully equipped kitchens, telephone either. Of course making use of the kitchen will save some money if you have your breakfast there every morning before you spend the day exploring the local sights.

By having the facility to wash and iron you clothes you can save more money on having them professionally laundered and greetings cards can be sent for no charge over the internet. Experiencing a different culture is a great adventure and it's the little things that really reach out and grab you; for example, European society is similar in many ways to American society but daily priorities are quite different.

For instance, in Europe, meals are much more of an occasion for family and friends to get together and socialize with each other, something that isn't really done in America. Try new things; walk around your neighborhood and discover the bookstore, grocer, hardware, night club or restaurant and neighborhood businesses reflect the tempo of life in your chosen destination. When in a foreign country a real international traveler will make sure that national and local dishes are eaten in typical restaurants or tavernas like Italian pizza or Greek Kleftiko. Finding your way around without a guide and just enjoying the experience for what it is, is the sign of an international traveler; one who will explore an unfamiliar city using their local transport systems and making the most of the visit.

This of course means that to do this efficiently, it is good idea to carry everything you need for the trip in a carry on, which will make things simpler; no lost luggage or waiting around the luggage carousel at the airport. This of course means that to do this efficiently, it is good idea to carry everything you need for the trip in a carry on, which will make things simpler; no lost luggage or waiting around the luggage carousel at the airport. It just means that you have to carefully plan what you will need to take and what you can buy at your destination, like toiletries for instance, which means if you can't fit it into the carry on, you can buy it later. Travel does not have to be about huge luggage filled suitcases as truly adventurous travelers know.

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