Hey there! If you’re getting ready for a trip there are some things you should probably prepare for, such as tickets, passports, visas, etc. I know at least for me, this was all pretty stressful, so I’m going to do my best here and talk you through some of the steps.
After planning your trip one of the first things you do is get your flight tickets! As I spent many long hours searching for the best deals something I didn’t know was that the airlines track how often you look at their sites and can adjust their prices! Madness, I know! One way to get around this is to use an incognito browser while searching. Everything works the same but your browser history won’t trace this, therefore you are free from the tracking! Or just clear your browser history and that should help as well. 🙂
Now, passports and visas are a major step (this is where I was unprepared. Sorry, dad, I should’ve listened to you!). If you don’t already have a passport, find out where you need to go to get the application! I did mine at the post office. Passports typically take a few weeks to process, I received mine fairly quickly, within about 3 weeks I believe. So definitely don’t procrastinate on this step or the next one!
After receiving your passport you may have to apply for a visa. In my case, I was going to study abroad for an entire year so I needed a year-long student visa, as well as a visa for a trip to China along the way. (If you have a United States passport, there are many countries you can go to without a visa as long as you are there for under 90 days. However, please still double check about visas, just to be safe! :))
Visas can sometimes take a couple days to process, other times they can take a week or so. This mainly depends on where you are going and what type of visa you are applying for. For me personally, I had to acquire two different visas. My first visa, for China, took only a few days to process. This was just a visiting visa, as United States passport holders are required to have a visa in order to enter China. My second visa, for South Korea, took about a week to process. This was my student visa so that I was able to stay in Korea over the 90 limit legally! 🙂
This may not seem like it’s a very long time to have to wait, however! If you do what I did and wait until two weeks before you leave to get your visas done, it can be quite stressful! So like I said before, don’t be like me. Be prepared and enjoy your trip~