Trip Planning: Important Links And Information At Your Fingertips

Travel Planning

Trip planning takes time and a little research but there’s no reason to make it harder than it needs to be. Bookmark this page for whenever you need a little advice or information.

Need a Passport or have to renew? 

Click for U.S. passport information.

Do you need a visa?

TraVisa will tell you whether your destination country requires a visa for American requirements based on your destination and your citizenship.

Is there a travel advisory about your destination?

Click to see whether your destination country is the subject of a travel alert from the U.S. Department of State.

Do you need a vaccination or other health-related information about your destination?

Click for health information about your destination from the Center for Disease Control.

Do you need Travel Insurance?

I highly recommend travel insurance when embarking on a journey. Even if you don’t care about getting reimbursed (though can’t imagine why), at the very least get medical coverage, especially if you’re going someplace remote. Check out Insuremytrip, a website that enables you to compare policies from a variety of companies.

How to let the nearest U.S. embassy know you’ll be visiting

Best for remote destinations or countries with civil unrest. Click for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to enroll with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Check out your in-flight amenities before you book

You know how it is, you board the plane and realize your seat sucks, or there isn’t WiFi when you thought there was. Use SeatGuru to do a little reconnaissance before you say yes to that reservation.


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Airline Contact Info

Air New Zealand 1 800 262-1234

Alaska — 1 800 252-7522

American — 800-433-7300

Cathay Pacific — 1 (800) 233-2742

Delta — 800-221-1212

Emirates — 1 800 777-3999

Japan Airlines —  1 800 525-3663

JetBlue —1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583)

Kenya Airways — 1 866 536-9224

Korean Air — 1 800 438-5000

Lufthansa —  1 800 645-3880

British Airways — 1 800 247-9297

South African Airlines —  1 (800) 722-9675

Singapore Airlines — 1 800 742-3333

Southwest — 1-800-435-9792

United Airlines —  800 864-8331

Virgin Atlantic — 1 (800) 862-8621


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5 Great Tips: How to Survive a Long Flight in Economy

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Exploring a New City? Here are 4 Reasons to Go to a Dog Park

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Photography Tips and Advice

My Camera Gear and Accessories

What Photojournalist Peter Turnley Taught Me About Street Photography

8 Reasons You’re Taking Bad Photos and How to Make Them Better

A Lesson in Light with Famed Photographer Timothy Allen

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Travel Photography Tour

Pro Photographer Shares 9 Tips for Taking Great Street Portraits when You Travel

DIY Camera Rain Cover – It’s Super Easy and Ridiculously Cheap

Safari Photography Tips When Planning and During Your Adventure


Where to Find Inspiration

National Geographic YourShot Community

A fantastic resource for a treasure chest of photos from all over the world that is sure to inspire.

BBC Travel “Destinations”

One of my favorite websites for narrative travel storytelling.

Instagram

Instagram is a great resource to find inspiration from destinations around the planet.


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