How to Plan an International Trip

I. INTRODUCTION

A. Attention Getter: Traveling abroad – what can be more exciting?

B. Purpose Statement: I am here today, to demonstrate to you all how YOU, yes YOU, can easily plan your international trip abroad.

C. Credibility: This method was worked out by me and successfully tested by my friends and family a lot of times.

D. Preview Statement: If you are planning to have an international trip and are confused by the details, I’ll show you the most important steps for planning a safe and interesting trip.

TRANSITION: So now, let’s begin with planning our trip.

II. BODY

A. There are 10 simple steps to plan an international trip.

Step 1: First, you must choose your location. Make a list of the desirable locations and find information for a specific country on the internet. Also keep in mind the weather, climate conditions and facilities of the country.

Step 2: Second, make a budget. Planning your budget ahead is a way to save at every turn. You can pick a destination that is cheaper than others, travel in the off-season, pick low-budget accommodation, or plan a shorter trip. Planning ahead can lower your expenditure on tickets and hotels.

Step 3: Make sure that all documents you need are in order. Keep your passport, visas and travel documents in a safe pouch. Save paper copies of these documents in a safe place.

Step 4: Create a list of sights you want to see during your trip. Some tickets to museums and exhibitions can be booked too.

Step 5: Book the tickets. Usually tickets are cheaper if you book ahead. Also many airlines make occasional special offers of low cost tickets.

Step 6: Book accommodation. Take note that vacation rentals, home stays and farm stays, are accommodation options that can be shockingly affordable and even free.

Step 7: Consider travel insurance. There are different kinds of travel insurance: medical insurance, flight cancellation insurance, trip cancellation insurance, etc.

Step 8: Make a list of clothes according to the weather forecast and items you’ll need during the trip. Don’t forget about medications, electronics and chargers etc. Remember to pack necessities.

Step 9: Get vaccinations. If you are going to a destination with a recommended vaccination, get it ahead of your trip. Visit your doctor to check the most up-to-date medical news.

Step 10: Notify your family and friends about your trip. Leave them your contact number and future address. Ask them to look after your house/animals/plants etc. if it’s necessary.

III. CONCLUSION

A. Summary Statement: We learned how to plan a trip abroad with 10 easy steps.

B. Final Thought: I hope these instructions will help you plan a great trip without stress.

References
1. “So Your Community Wants Travel/Tourism?” Minnesota Extension Service, University of Minnesota. Michigan State University Extension. Accessed July 2011.
2. “A Safe Trip Abroad.” Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Accessed July 2011.
3. “Road Safety Overseas.” Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Accessed July 2011.

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