Today’s professional travel advisors - like your friends at Susan Peavey Travel - have your back before, during, and after your travels. Just ask our clients. That personal touch is what makes us a “must have” asset when planning your next vacation.
However, the web can also be your friend when it comes to research - especially for international travel. So when your ready to take off on your next adventure, have a look at the following five websites. They are sure to set your mind at ease when it comes to the little details…allowing you to fully enjoy your experience!
Covering all things International travel, this official government site is a must-visit resource before your next vacation. Details on everything from health and safety to customs and import restrictions are covered - because you never know what you need until you need it.
With VERY few exceptions, U.S. citizens traveling internationally MUST have a valid passport. For adults 16 and older, they are valid for 10 years and cost either $145 (new) or $110 (renewal). Since many countries require your passport be valid for up to six months after your intended return date, it is always smart to renew ASAP.
What will one U.S. Dollar get you in Euro’s? In Pesos? In Yen? This great tool will offer up the current exchange rate for the U.S. Dollar vs. any currency in the world. A handly little tool for budgeting your next visit to that beachside cafe in Thailand.
Baggage fees are on the rise here in the U.S. with airlines announcing increases on what seems a daily basis. But what about baggage fees for passengers heading to experience the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland on Aer Lingus? Or heading to their overwater honeymoon bunbgalow on Air Tahiti Nui? Or to cozy up with the “Big Five at Kruger National Park onboard South African Airways? Know before you go…
There are many things U S embassies and consulates can do for you if you find yourself in trouble or in need of help when traveling abroad. Primarily, they help travelers help themselves out of whatever predicament they might find themselves in including replacing lost or stolen passports, assist in obtaining local medical care or legal expertise, and help in reaching out to family, friends, and employers back home in case of emergency.
Everything from simply “Exercise Normal Precautions” to full “Do Not Travel” designations are outlined for all affected countries on Earth on this helpful site. While some may be obvious - like the current Do Not Travel order to North Korea - it is always prudent to explore the safety of your destination before you travel.
This important Center for Disease Control and Prevention site is designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific international destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, and natural disasters that may affect travelers’ health. It’s especially important to review if you are in certain risk categories like being pregnant, travelling with children, or a senior citizen.
Packing medications, fashion do’s and dont’s through the security checkpoint, traveling with strollers and car seats - all important topics. These and many more are discussed and answered on this helpful site. You can even ask questions through the TSA Facebook page!
While it is important to note that we can and will provide you with updated information regarding your intended vacation destination, it is always smart to educate yourself. Here’s to your next worry-free travel adventure…planned perfectly by your friends at Susan Peavey Travel!