• Amba Brown

How to book your first overseas trip

Updated: May 20, 2019


The Star spoke with travel experts for tips on making your first overseas adventure simple and cost-effective.


If you’ve never ventured abroad, planning and booking an overseas trip can be an intimidating experience.

To simplify the process, and to ensure you get the most for your money, the Star reached out to three travel gurus: Farah Salim, co-founder of the airfare website Next Departure, Mary Zajac, public relations specialist at Expedia, Inc., and David Solomito, vice-president of marketing, North America, with Kayak.

Here are some of their top tips for booking a trip:

Budget booking

Once you’ve made the decision to book an overseas trip, one of the first steps is deciding where to go. If you’re stuck, consider some of the travel tools available, such as Kayak’s Explore Tool.

“[To] see the options of where you can go within your budget, set the amount you want to spend on airfare and Kayak will find you all the amazing places you can travel,” said Solomito.

Other things to keep in mind include: activities you want to do, the weather, the exchange rate and travel time (17 hours doesn’t sound that long until you’re sitting on a plane).

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