Trip Planning: Important Travel Links And Information At Your Fingertips

Need a Passport or have to renew? 

Click here for U.S. passport information.

Do you need a visa?

Click here to see whether your destination country requires Americans to get a visa.

Is there a travel advisory about your destination?

Click here 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 here 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. Click here for 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 here 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.

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

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