Travel Resources & Tools
When you’re traveling, more preparation means less stress! Our Kish Travel Specialists have hand-picked these helpful resources to make your travel experience even more convenient and help your trip go as smoothly as possible.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website to apply for or renew your passport, and to learn about all things passport-related.
In addition, remember that your Kish Travel Specialist is always available to help you with this process! We’re here to answer any questions you have, and to make sure you’ve taken care of all the details required for your international travel.
Country Information & Advisories
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for the most up-to-date worldwide travel information, including country-specific information and advisories, and other vital information for international travelers.
Using Your Cell Phone Abroad
Not sure what today’s exchange rate is for the Thai Bhat? Need to convert that dinner tab from a London restaurant to dollars for your business expense report? This handy online currency converter is a must to keep on-hand!
- Plan ahead for jet lag and build time into your schedule for recovery when you arrive.
- Coordinate schedules for any calls with family, friends or associates back in the states while you’re abroad.
- Plan for possible limits in ground transportation availability when you’re arriving at odd hours.
- The World Time Server is your easy access point to a world of time-zone-specific information, from Albania to Zimbabwe!
Airports & Flying
With changes occurring frequently, trying to avoid or plan ahead for baggage fees can be frustrating. Use the links below to find information on checked baggage allowances and fees from some of the top airlines. Don’t see your airline listed here? No worries—your Kish Travel Specialist can provide all the information you need!
FlightStats is our team’s go-to site for detailed information on the airports of the world, including updated departure/arrival times, what to expect at your destination airport, weather, and much more. Avoid unpleasant surprises and stay informed of any last-minute changes that may affect your travel by checking your departure and destination locations a few hours before it’s time to leave for your flight.
Online Flight Check-In
Checking in to your flight online ahead of time can save you significant time and stress when you arrive at the airport. Depending on your airline, it may also have other advantages, such as increasing your chance of selecting a more desirable seat or making other last-minute changes.
Use the links below to access online check-in service from top airlines. Don’t see your airline listed here? Just ask your Kish Travel Specialist for tips on checking in online.
The Flight Tracker tool from FlightStats is an easy way to track the status (on time, en-route, landed, delayed, etc.) of most flights, domestic and worldwide. Use it to find out ahead of time about delays or cancellations, to confirm a family member or friend’s safe arrival when they’re traveling, and more.
Understanding the latest regulations on what you can and can’t pack in your luggage or take through security is crucial for packing and planning.
For Any Trip
Whether you’re traveling domestically or abroad, packing smart is the key to a stress-free experience. Take some time (well before you begin feeling the “last minute pressure”) to brainstorm and write down a master list of everything you’ll need. These packing checklists are great starting points:
If you’re an inexperienced traveler, making it a “team effort” can help you make sure you don’t overlook anything—ask your spouse or a family member, friend, or colleague to help you with ideas. Your Kish Travel Specialist is an invaluable resource for ideas about what to pack, so feel free to ask for our help!
Both in the U.S. and abroad, your ATM card can be an easy way to get cash in the local currency. Keep these ATM locators on-hand to find nearby ATMs when you’re traveling. Also, remember to plan ahead by checking with your card issuer about possible fees for using out-of-area ATMs, foreign currency conversion fees, etc.
Forgetting to think about the weather conditions at your destination while packing and preparing can be a frustrating mistake that may put a damper on your enjoyment of a vacation or the success of a business trip, so be informed before you go.
- Use Weather.com to access a world of timely forecasts and other valuable information while packing and preparing for your trip.
- Your Kish Travel Specialist is a great resource for valuable weather information. With our in-depth expertise on the seasonal climates of destinations around the world, we can help prepare you for what weather to expect, what to pack, and more—so feel free to pick our brains!
Reviewing maps ahead of time can help you plan ahead in a variety of ways, including:
- Getting directions to the airport
- Familiarizing yourself with the street layout in the area surrounding your hotel
- Finding your way to restaurants, services, and points of interest at your destination
- And more!
Google Maps helps you find the most efficient routes between destinations, and the Street View feature can give you an idea of what your destination and the surrounding area look like ahead of time. With your mobile device, you can use these services as a quick source of information on the go!