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Your First International Adventure: A Guide to Buying Plane Tickets

Are you ready to embark on your first international adventure? Whether you're dreaming of exploring the bustling streets of Bangkok or relaxing on the pristine beaches of Phuket, purchasing your first international plane ticket can be a thrilling yet daunting experience. Let's navigate through the process together and make your travel dreams a reality.

A Guide to Buying Plane Tickets

Step 1: Believe in Yourself and Make a Plan

The first step towards your international escapade is believing that it's possible. Visualize your dream destination, set clear goals, and create a plan to bring your vision to life. With determination and strategic planning, you can make your travel dreams a reality.

Step 2: Apply for Your Passport

Before you can jet off to your desired destination, you'll need a valid passport. Don't delay in applying for this essential travel document. If you're in a hurry to travel sooner... expedite the process by utilizing services offered by FedEx offices, which can help expedite your passport application for an additional fee.

Step 3: Budgeting for Your Flight

Now, let's talk numbers. Consider the following when budgeting for your flight:

- Calculate Flight Budget: For example, a flight from Florida to Bangkok, Thailand, typically costs around $1700 roundtrip.

- Break it Down: Divide the total flight cost by the number of weeks until your departure date. For instance, if you have one year to save, that's approximately $32.69 per week.

- Daily Savings Goal: Further break down your weekly savings goal into a daily amount. In this case, it would be approximately $6.54 per day (assuming a five-day workweek).

Getting that $6.54 might be as simple as packing your lunch for work instead of eating out, giving up the daily Starbucks trip, or finding a creative way to make that $32.69 per week savings a reality.

Step 4: Flight Considerations and Tips

When booking your flight, keep the following factors in mind:

- Layover Length: Choose flights with layover times that align with your preferences. Be mindful of short layovers that may be stressful or long layovers that could result in wasted time (especially if you have very limited time for your travel).

- Travel Dates: Plan your travel dates wisely, considering factors such as time zone differences and potential jet lag. You'll essentially lose a day to travel give or take a few hours. So be mindful of the date of arrival at your destination. Avoid peak travel seasons, such as June in Thailand, to secure better prices.

- Flight Options: Explore different airlines and routes to find the best combination of price and convenience. Consider indirect flights, which may offer opportunities to explore new cities during layovers. Some layovers are overnight or even 24 hours, which gives you enough time to explore a new city! 

-Arrival at your destination. The time difference can be confusing so be sure what time you are arriving at the local time. I like to create a document with all of my departure and arrival times so I can see it all laid out before I travel, that way I can foresee any issues before they arise. Check with your hotel or accommodations to see what time you can check in. You may find yourself landing at 6am at the airport with no place check-in until 3p in the afternoon (some places offer early check-in, so reach out to your hotel ahead of time).

Embarking on your first international journey is an exciting milestone. By believing in yourself, creating a solid plan, and budgeting effectively, you can turn your travel dreams into reality. Remember, the journey begins with that first step—booking your plane tickets.

Buen Viaje!

If you have any questions or need assistance planning your next retreat, feel free to reach out to me. I'd love to help you make your travel dreams come true.

Safe travels,

Kerry Tice

Retreat Leader

Inner Warrior Retreats


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