12 MONTHS PRIOR:
Make a list of possible romantic destinations.
Discuss budget for your getaway.
Talk about the best time to go (immediately after wedding vs. waiting, actual anniversary date, etc.)
Consider signing up for Global Entry or TSA pre check.
6-9 MONTHS PRIOR:
Select travel dates or flexible time you plan to travel.
Schedule a call with your travel advisor (I know a good one) to discuss potential properties or destinations.
Book your getaway, including airfare and hotel; don't forget about Travel Insurance!
Sign up for frequent flier program (add the number to reservation).
Obtain your Passports and visas if traveling internationally.
Verify passports will be valid six months AFTER departure if you already have one.
Sign up for The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (Step). This free service allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
3 MONTHS PRIOR:
Make a note of final payment details.
Get pricing for excursions/tours and purchase.
1 MONTH PRIOR:
Start a packing list.
Re-confirm all reservations with your travel advisor.
Organize your prescriptions.
Make arrangements for your pets (if needed).
1-2 WEEKS PRIOR:
Notify credit card companies of travel plans.
Contact cell phone provider about international services.
Put a hold on your mail while you are gone.
Photocopy your passports; give one set to a relative and take a copy with you.
Research parking options for the airport.
3 DAYS PRIOR:
Confirm your international flight times.
Check the weather forecast.
Print out your itinerary, directions, and e-documents.
Pack your bags!
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