When we talk about planning a trip abroad, there are two types of people: those who prefer to do everything themselves, independently and on their own, and those who prefer the help and convenience of hiring a travel agency. There is no right or wrong, each person has their own tastes and preferences.

However, in today's article, we have separated tips and information specifically for the first type of person, that is, for those who prefer to plan a trip without needing an agency! Come on?

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How to plan a trip abroad without an agency: 8 essential steps

Step 1: destination, duration and date

The first step for you to plan a trip abroad without an agency involves three aspects: the choice of destination, the duration of the trip and the date you will travel. So in advance:

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  • Do research on the internet;
  • Evaluate the options of destinations that have to do with your traveler profile;
  • Analyze how many days or weeks your trip will last;
  • And check which date you can travel.

If you are able to travel in the low season, that is, in a period when the demand for the destination is lower, the tendency is that you will get good savings when buying tickets, booking accommodation, among other items.

Now, if you don't have that much flexibility with dates, you'll need to organize yourself well in relation to your money, after all, a trip abroad is not usually cheap – and that takes us directly to the second step.

Step 2: Budget

Even if you travel in low season, you need to set an adequate budget for your trip. That's because, depending on where you go, the costs can be quite high.

So, again in advance, set up (or download) a spreadsheet on your computer, or use a mobile application, and search the internet for all the expenses related to your trip.

And of course, write everything down in the spreadsheet or in the application to leave the values recorded and for you to have a clearer and more realistic view of the amount you will need to disburse.

Step 3: Documentation and Vaccinations

The third step you should consider when planning your trip abroad is related to documentation and vaccinations.

That's because, a trip outside Brazil requires some documents such as a valid passport, visa (if you travel, for example, to the USA, Canada or Japan), international vaccination certificate, PID (if you want to drive at the destination), among others.

Apart from that, depending on the country you go, you may need to take some kind of vaccine as well.

Therefore, during your planning, it is extremely important that you inform yourself about which documents and possible vaccinations are required from travelers, in order to travel to the destination.

Now, if you intend to travel to a country here in South America such as Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay or Uruguay, there is less bureaucracy. 

With your ID (provided it is less than ten years old), you can already visit any of the above destinations.

Step 4: Tickets and accommodation

Airfare can represent a significant portion of your travel cost. Therefore, being in advance is a key factor.

And do you know why? Because this way you will be able to follow and monitor the ticket prices more calmly and you will be able to buy them for a cheaper price, as you will have more chances of getting a good offer for them.

Leaving it to settle a few days or even a few weeks before traveling is definitely not the most recommended.

Oh! And if you have miles, use them to buy tickets. You can get good savings if you do this.

Now, in addition to the tickets, another item that you should consider in step 4 is accommodation, after all, you need a place to stay while you are in the destination.

So, in addition to researching the tickets in advance, also research and evaluate the accommodation options available.

You can stay in a more traditional accommodation like a hotel or a resort, or you can stay in a hostel, an inn, or rent an apartment, or a house on Airbnb.

Today, the options are numerous and it is up to you to assess which one best fits your profile and budget. At the Airbnb, for example, you can even rent just one room (which, of course, costs more).

The important thing here is to consider the following points: if the accommodation has a good location, if it is safe and if it is well evaluated by people who have been through it.

Step 5: exchange

When traveling to another country, it is not possible to use reais to make purchases and payments. For this you will need a foreign currency.

Therefore, the fifth step to plan your trip abroad is to follow the exchange rate and exchange your money for the currency used at the destination. However, don't do it all at once, after all, the exchange rate usually varies.

So, know how to take advantage of it. Buy the foreign currency when it has more attractive values.

Also, it is important to carry some cash on a card, such as international prepaid or credit. Never rely on just one way to make payments.

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Step 6: Reservations

Generally, destinations that are more popular and sought after by tourists, have long queues, a long waiting time or even limited tickets that sell out easily.

Therefore, in order not to miss anything you want to know, visit and enjoy, make reservations in advance, even before leaving Brazil.

Have you ever thought if you arrive at your destination, go to an attraction you'd really like to see and find out that the tickets are sold out? Or that the wait time is taking more than an hour and a half? It would be frustrating, wouldn't it?

In addition, it is worth mentioning that there is still another important reservation to make regarding your trip abroad, in case you go with your car to the airport on the day of the trip… we are talking about parking here.

After all, you don't want to leave your car on the street for days or weeks while you're away, do you?

So, when planning your trip, be sure to also look for a good parking lot. For example, if you are going to board in São Paulo, search for a Guarulhos airport parkingThere are dozens of options for you to choose from.

Step 7: script

Now that your trip abroad is practically all structured, it's time to move on to the more fun part: putting together the script.

Here, it is important to do a lot of research on websites, blogs and videos on YouTube, to check what are the attractions, tours, sights and must-see places to know/visit in the destination and, from there, build your itinerary.

Just be careful not to put too much to do and see in a day. Be consistent when putting together your script. Put an adequate number of activities for each day, ok?

Step 8: Travel Insurance

Last but not least, you need to purchase travel insurance for your international trip.

That's because, you can't predict if you'll get sick, get sick, get hurt or have any other kind of problem while you're traveling.

Therefore, in order not to be taken by surprise, have a headache or even losses, it is extremely important that you purchase good travel insurance before leaving Brazil.

So, if there is any problem, you can be covered by insurance.

final tip

For all the steps you take in your travel planning, do a lot of research.

Today, thanks to the internet, we have a plethora of information available, whether in text, image, video, infographic format or any other way. So, know how to take advantage of this in favor of your trip!

So, ready to plan a trip abroad without a travel agency? We hope that the eight steps presented have helped you!

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