Interested in international travel but not sure how to make it happen? The Aspiring Traveler's Handbook, written by Travel Blogger and Podcaster Jackie Laulainen, is your A-Z guide for planning your trip. It will take you step by step through choosing a destination, buying a plane ticket, getting a visa or passport, staying safe abroad, using your cell phone overseas, and everything in between. And the best part? Jackie is The Budget-Minded Traveler, sharing insider tips on saving money throughout every stage of your travels. Here's a peek at what you will learn from this book: -Find out exactly what you should look for and watch out for in a destination country before you decide where to go. -Not sure what you need to do to apply for a passport or visa? You'll find that out, too. -Get the inside scoop about finding a great deal on a plane ticket, so you can enjoy a bigger budget abroad or even another trip in your calendar. -Find out how to pack efficiently, so you don't overpack or bring the wrong type of luggage for your trip. -Take advice straight from the budget expert about planning (and staying on) a budget for your travels, so you don't have unrealistic expectations and can make your money last as long as possible. -Learn the many tricks of protecting yourself and your valuables abroad, so you can take preventive measures before any bad situations arise. -Find out what important things you need to take care of at home before you leave, so your life abroad can be more stress-free and enjoyable. -Learn about international programs and opportunities that might give you just the structure you need to go abroad. -Be inspired to actually make your travel dreams a reality. If you want to travel but have so many questions you don't even know what they are, this book was written specifically for YOU. Here is what people are saying about The Aspiring Traveler's Handbook: "I cannot imagine where I would be in my travel planning without this book I am a first time international traveler, and all the "extra" stuff about traveling is foreign to me. From reading this book, I have become knowledgeable and confident in taking my dream trip I am extremely excited about traveling now and I will recommend this book to anyone who wants their travel dreams to come true. Thank you " "This is a book I will keep with me and refer back to, not only when I am traveling to other countries, but in the US as well. Travel light, be aware of your surroundings, BUDGET, splurge on the experiences that really matter, research... The list goes on and on." "It feels like you are sitting right next to Jackie at a coffee shop discussing your trip and she is giving you advice on how to really get there and make it a reality." "This is a little gem, easy to read, full of great information, and you get the bonus of actually having a blog to follow after you finish the book." "The only con to reading this book is that my travel bug just started itching like crazy " "This book is full of answers to many of the questions I had when I started traveling. It even has great tips and good ideas for the experienced traveler. When the travel bug bites, this is the book to get you started on your adventures "
My name is Jackie Laulainen, and I have been bitten by the almighty Travel Bug. Since 2003, I have spent a good part of my life living, studying, or traveling abroad. My most extensively-traveled areas of the world are Latin America and Europe, both of which are very popular destinations for American travelers. As a result of my experiences, I have become more and more of a resource for all things travel. My knack for traveling on a budget is nothing less than mind-boggling for most people, and this tends to be a popular subject among aspiring travelers. I have created a website called The Budget-Minded Traveler, which you can find online at www.thebudgetmindedtraveler.com. The website is an interactive platform that goes hand-in-hand with this book and also includes a blog and many helpful travel resources. The website, the book, and The Budget-Minded Traveler on social media are my avenues of connecting and sharing with those who want to learn the tricks of the travel trade, especially on a budget. Travel is truly my passion. I find (and share) ways to make it happen, and I hope I can inspire you to discover it for yourself.