Planning my trip overseas

When planning a trip overseas, a few questions to consider:

Where do you want to go?

Do you want to visit one or more cities in the same country or perhaps multiple countries? If you aren’t quite sure, start a list of what you’ve always wanted to see.

When I was planning my recent trip to Europe, knew I wanted to travel to Germany next; however, the cities to visit were up-in-the-air. When you think of Germany, what comes to mind? For me, it used to be Oktoberfest in Munich, the history of the Nazi’s, or the romantic Rhine River. There is so much more to Germany and I knew I wanted to visit the beauty and uniqueness of this amazing country.
Street and Gate in Rothenburg

Do you want to travel independently or would you prefer to join a tour?

Myself on Marienbrucke bridge with NeuschansteinNow that I had my general destination, I had to decide if I would travel with a group or on my own. If you are wondering if you should travel with a group, the easiest way to decide is to consider if you feel comfortable traveling on your own or if you prefer to be  a part of a group. Also, would you be comfortable navigating around on your own or prefer for someone else to be in charge? I have actually traveled with one of our Witte signature tours, the Netherlands Waterway Cruise, and loved it. I was part of a group, but at the same time there was free time to investigate the areas visited on my own if I so chose. This time around, I decided to travel with a co-worker on an independent trip.

What resources to use for a fun and successful trip?

Would you use the Internet, buy a book on traveling to the country chosen, or contact a travel agency?

For me, the next step is to talk to the professionals. I always encourage family and friends to contact a travel agency to help them plan their trip…whether you join a group or go it alone, using an expert ensures you will have all of the information needed to make the best decision possible.

Hohenschwangau with village and lake

Tracy, my colleague and I talked to our German expert in the Witte Tours group department to help us with our itinerary. We gave her our general ideas on the cities we wanted to visit and what we wanted to accomplish. She knew we’d be traveling via train from city to city vs. renting a car. Knowing all of this, she helped us decide on a “home base” that would help us get around most efficiently. She also helped us narrow down the cities we should visit based on the time and goals we had for our trip.

I have planned vacations using just the Internet and find using an agent is so worth it. They have the knowledge, resources, and experience to plan an independent trip or book a group tour that will fit your needs to a tee.

Do you need travel insurance?

Cologne Cathedral-CloseupFor me, I always get the insurance whether I’m traveling independently or on a group tour. The reason is simple, if something happens and I can’t go on the trip for a covered reason, I won’t lose the money that the trip cost. OR, what happens if your flight gets cancelled, luggage lost, you get sick on the trip, etc? You have invested in this trip, it only makes sense to protect this investment.

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