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Doing The Research

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What type of research should I do before I travel ?
Do some research, learn as much as you can about your destination.
Check to see what type of weather the area has so you can plan accordingly.
Check to see what type of paperwork and documentation you will need to travel.
Find out what type of diseases are common to the area you’ll be visiting and take actions to prevent your exposure to those diseases.
Check your own medical coverage to see what type of coverage you’ll have when away from home. Consider purchasing trip insurance.
If you plan on driving, get your car ready and investigate the local road conditions, laws and other driving requirements.
Do some research about the costs of local items so you can set your budget. Don't forget to budget for taxes and tipping. Many governments charge high taxes for travel related services.
Check the dates of local major holidays or festivals, since services may be limited on those dates.
Where can I find tourism information on the area that I’m planning on visiting ?
This page contains links to the official Tourism Offices of all 50 states. Each state’s site is different, but they all contain valuable information for anyone planning a trip to their states. Many of the sites also contain links to major cities and tourist regions within their state.
How can I find information on road conditions, construction and rest areas?
Department of Transportation Links
Check out the roads before you go. This page contains links to the Departments of Transportation for all 50 States. Each state’s site is different, but most sites contained detailed information on highway construction, road closings, rest areas and maps. Many of the sites also contain links to major cities within their own state.
What additional research should I do when planning foreign travel?
Find out if you will need a passport to enter the country. Make sure your passport is up to date and valid. Some countries will not let you in if your passport will expire within six months of your return home, extend it, if you are close to expiration.
Find out if you will need any visas to enter the country.
Check with the U.S. State Department concerning safety warnings for U.S. tourists at your destination.
Find out what types of vaccinations you will need to enter the country, there may also be medications you’ll need to take before, during and even after your trip.
Check the financial section of your newspaper, they usually post exchange rates and checking in advance can give you an idea of how much you’ll need to budget.
Do some research with U.S. Customs to find out what you can take with you and what you may bring back.
Build some basic language skills in the local language.
Most of the world uses the metric system, so try to become familiar with this system. 1 kilometer = .62 miles so 100 kilometers per hour = 62 miles per hour.
Where can I find information that will help me budget for my trip abroad?
The U.S. State Department Bureau of Administration Office of Allowances, Foreign Per Diem Rates web page. These per diem rates are the per day maximum amounts the U.S. Government would reimburse it’s employees or contractors during travel. These amounts will help give you an idea on the amount that you’ll need to budget for your trip. The site lists maximum rates for many foreign cities, in addition to, some cities in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and other possessions of the U.S. The rates are divided into sections for lodgings, meals and incidentals, and total amount. The amounts aren’t meant to cover luxury travel, but they should cover a comfortable mid-range stay. You can select a month and year for which to search for foreign per diem rates. You should consult the most recent months and the last figures stated for the time of year you will be visiting to account for high and low season price variations.
Where can I find some online resources to do some research for my trip? Research Links
Check out our research links page. This internal page contains links and descriptions of many sites that are helpful in planning a trip. For your convenience, many of these links are also placed in appropriate sections of this site, but this page condenses all these links to one location.


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