The ultimate guide to travelling around the world, from how to pack your suitcase to how much you’ll be paying for a beer

The perfect vacation requires hard work beforehand. Kaspars Grinvalds/Shutterstock
  • Planning to travel to another country, even for a vacation, takes a lot of work.
  • We compiled the ultimate guide to travelling around the world, which can help you in every step of the vacation-planning process.
  • From applying for visas for your trips and finding an affordable flight to navigating the subway system, these 10 graphics have you covered.

Planning to travel to another country takes hard work.

Before you kick off your dream vacation, there’s a seemingly endless checklist of things to accomplish, from applying for a visa and finding an affordable flight to figuring out the subway system once you land.

We feel your pain. That’s why we created the ultimate guide to planning a vacation around the world.

Use these 10 graphics to help you every step of the planning process. They will save you money, time, and stress.

Do you have a US passport? There’s a difference between a passport book and a passport card.


For a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a passport, consult the US State Department website.

Many countries offer visas on arrival for US passport holders, while other countries require you to get one in advance.


Not every visa is free – check the US State Department’s website to see how much a visa will cost and how long the application process takes for your destination.

Don’t wait until the last minute to book your flight. Here’s the historically best time to book for the best deals, depending on which region of the world you’re visiting.


For travel to much of the world, you’re best off booking more than six months in advance.

Finding cheap flights isn’t always easy. But there are some strategies to booking a flight without breaking the bank.


If you’ve ever wondered why airfare is so expensive in the first place, find out here.

Time to pack your suitcase! Follow this advice to maximise your space and keep your belongings protected.


For more packing and travelling tips, there’s no one better to ask than flight attendants. Here’s what they told Business Insider.

When it comes to checking luggage, some airlines charge more than others. Here’s what you need to know.


Note that Spirit charges more for checked bags if you wait until the airport to decide.

Congratulations – you’ve landed! Traffic doesn’t operate the same way in every country, so use this map to see which side of the road you’ll be driving on.


If you’re planning to drive in the country you’re travelling to, you may need to look into getting an International Driving Permit. Follow these steps to apply for one.

Navigating another country’s public transportation system can be an exciting experience. This is how the metro systems in 10 major cities compare.


Riding public transportation is a great way to get a glimpse into day-to-day life in a new country. Here’s what riding the subway looks like in 13 different countries.

Don’t forget to budget for food expenses. Here’s how much you can expect to pay for dinner in major world cities.


As you can see, cities in Western Europe and the United States lead the way in food costs, while some of the cheapest meals are in Southeast Asia and India.

Now that you’ve made it, it’s time to relax. Here’s how much a pint of beer will set you back. Bon voyage!


Drinking ages vary from country to country – find out local restrictions here.