Step 1: Passport (4 months before your trip)
Attention: For safety reasons, it is important to stash a photocopy of all important travel documents at home.
More information can be found at the link below.
Step 2: Purchase Plane Tickets (3 1/2 - 4 months before your trip)
WARNING: Prices are variable depending on location, time of purchase, and other factors beyond the typical person’s control.
According to the New York Times, it is best to score a cheap flight approximately 21 to 22 weeks in advance. Examples of ways to purchase a ticket are:
- Booking through a travel agent
- Purchasing tickets online from an Internet-based travel website (e.g. Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, etc.)
- Ordering directly through an airline (e.g. United, British Airways, Lufthansa, etc.)
It is important NOT to purchase fares last minute. Fares are double what they were listed as a month prior, if purchased a week before the flight.