Flying off across the globe for your honeymoon can be very simple, a
great deal of fun and stress-free if you keep in mind a few
international air travel tips.
So it’s off to the airport, the first thing to do is arrive early and
making sure that you have the proper documents with you are essential.
Other tips for making your honeymoon trip go more smoothly include
getting desirable seat assignments, changing some cash in to the local
currency before you depart, and taking advantage of the amenities
offered to business class and first class passengers, if possible.
Having the correct documentation is essential to any international
traveller as you simply won't be allowed to board the plane without it.
Due to increased security measures all international destinations now
require that you carry a valid passport. In addition, many countries
require that you also obtain a visa - a permission to enter the country
that is stamped directly into your passport. A number of countries,
usually less developed countries, also require a health document showing
Make sure that you allow enough time for processing if you need a new
passport, with so many people now travelling you’re application for a
passport of visa may take several weeks.. For example the average
turnaround time for a US or UK passport by mail is four to six weeks.
Allow additional time if you need a visa for your trip, as you must have
the passport first so that the visa may be stamped into the passport.
Plan Early Whenever Possible
The best seat assignments and the best airfares almost always go to
those who are able to make their reservations well in advance. For peak
travel times, such as the summer holiday travel, and special events,
such as the Paris Air Show and Paris Fashion Week, you simply won't be
able to travel if you don't plan well in advance.
Sometimes exception to this rule is the last minute discounted
airfares that several airlines, such as United, American, and
Continental post on their Web sites however it is hit and miss and you
will almost certainly not get your fist choice destination. These fares
generally must be purchased immediately and are valid for travel within
a week or two.
Air Travel Restrictions
The events of September 11, 2001 have led to increased security in
all airports, especially for travellers bound for overseas. To make
going through security as stress-free as possible, make sure to arrive
at least two to three hours in advance of your international flight. It
is also prudent to check the current list of restricted items on the
Web. Leave the metal belts, jewellery, and other adornments at home or
in your luggage, as these items will set off the metal detectors and you
will be searched.
When travelling overseas, it's generally necessary to exchange your
currency for the bank notes in the local currency. The best exchange
rates are almost always those at banks or the Post Office in the host
country. However, it pays to exchange some cash in advance of your trip
for such things as tips to porters and taxi fare. In some destinations,
especially where the airport is located well away from the city, such as
in Tokyo, you will need to exchange more currency.
Things can go wrong when you're travelling. You could have your
belongings stolen, get food poisoning or have an accident. Your trip may
even get cancelled at short notice.
To safeguard yourself make sure you have travel insurance - and a
policy that's right for you. The cheapest may not always meet your
needs. Buy one that doesn't and you could find yourself in trouble if
you need to claim