The art of advanced
vacation planning.

According to the International Air Transport Association, 4.7 billion passengers are expected to fly in 2024. This is a record number, beating 4.5 billion in 2019. While the massive amount of online travel information can inspire trip ideas, it can also be completely overwhelming. Seeking the advice of a local travel agency can lead travelers in the right direction, ensuring the trip goes smoothly and that accommodations are as they should be.


Identification & Documentation 

SIX MONTHS
Check passport expiration dates. Many destinations require at least six months remaining on passports. Renew early to avoid higher fees to expedite passports.

REAL ID
Beginning May 7, 2025, all state-issued IDs or licenses must be REAL ID compliant to fly within the U.S. Check with the State Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure IDs are valid.

DRIVER’S LICENSE
Many countries do not recognize a U.S. driver’s license, but more than 150 countries accept an international driving permit. Supplemental auto insurance may also be required. 

18 & UNDER
If traveling alone with children, foreign border officials may require custody documents or notarized written consent from a parent. 

Fly With Ease

TSA PRECHECK
99% of PreCheck passengers wait in line for less than 10 minutes, according to the TSA. Enjoy a smoother security screening process with no need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or light jackets.

GLOBAL ENTRY
This U.S. Customs and Border Protection program allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival to most international airports in the U.S. and selected airports around the world.

MEDICATIONS
Check with the embassies of planned destinations for medical prescription laws. Some U.S. prescriptions and over-the-counter medications are illegal in other countries.

Travel Insurance

Get travel insurance to cover potential cancellations, unexpected travel delays, lost baggage, and any emergency medical care while traveling. Some U.S. health care policies are not accepted overseas.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 2.8 million pieces of checked luggage were lost, damaged,
delayed, or stolen in 2023.

Before traveling, review the U.S. Department of State’s traveler’s checklist at travel.state.gov. Learn about the destinations before traveling. Review each destination’s customs and import restrictions.

TYPES OF TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Trip cancellation
  • Baggage loss
  • Travel medical 
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Accidental death and dismemberment

Travel insurance policies will typically cost between 4% and 10% of the overall price of the trip

Bon Voyage!