woman laptop sofa research online There's a lot to think about when you're planning your cruise -- starting with where to go, which ship to choose and which shore excursions to book. We provide plenty of information to help you make those decisions here at Cruise Critic, but what about all those travel issues that aren't specific to cruising, like finding the best airfare, dealing with currency conversions or getting a passport?

That's where Cruise Critic's sister site, IndependentTraveler.com, can help. Below you'll find a number of useful resources compiled by the editors at IndependentTraveler.com to help answer some of your most common questions about air travel, hotels, passports and more.

If you're traveling with kids, don't miss the family tips and deals on Cruise Critic's other sister site, FamilyVacationCritic.com!

Been on a land vacation recently? Share your trip report with IndependentTraveler.com!

Air Travel

Unless you're cruising from a convenient homeport, you'll probably need to fly to your cruise port of embarkation. You may be able to save money by booking your own flight rather than letting your cruise line arrange it for you, but how can you get the best deal? Here's what you need to know about finding cheap fares, using the discount airlines and even getting a great seat on the plane.

Discount Airfare Deals
Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare
Get the Best Airplane Seat
Airport Security Q&A
Airline Baggage Fees
Open-Jaw and One-Way Flights
More Air Travel Tips

Passports and International Travel

One of the perennial questions we get here at Cruise Critic is "Do I need a passport?" The answer is ... it depends on where and when you're going. Read on to get the details, learn how to get a passport and find answers to your other pressing questions about international travel.

The Passport Center
Passport Information
Lost and Stolen Passports
Get the Best Exchange Rate
More International Travel Tips


Many Cruise Critic readers do more than cruise -- they also add an extra day or two in their city of embarkation or debarkation to take in a few more sights. Check out these articles for help choosing a hotel, getting a great deal and even figuring out how much to tip.

Discount Hotel Deals
Choosing a Hotel
Get the Best Hotel Rate
Hotel Tipping
More Hotel Tips


suitcase pack packing trip travel hat clothesAre you a notorious overpacker, or do you always leave that one important item at home? Packing more efficiently can help you avoid airline baggage fees and ensure that you have everything you need for a trip -- and nothing you don't. See the links below for essential packing tools and tips.

Interactive Packing List
Packing Tips
What Not to Pack
Choosing the Right Travel Luggage
More Packing Tips

Car Rentals

Renting a car gives you the freedom to design your own day in port -- but it can be a little more complicated than just tagging along on a cruise line's organized shore excursion. What's the best way to get a good deal on a rental car? Will you need an International Driver's Permit? You'll find answers to these and other car rental questions below.

Discount Car Rental Deals
Renting a Car Abroad
Car Rental Tips
Car Rental Hidden Costs
More Car Travel Tips

Staying Healthy

From jet lag to the infamous "Montezuma's revenge," the health hazards of traveling can sometimes put a damper on an otherwise fabulous trip. Here you'll find tips on avoiding common travel maladies -- and finding healthcare abroad if the worst does happen.

Avoiding the Airplane Cold
Drinking Water and Food Safety
Healthcare Abroad
Jet Lag
Medications for Travel
More Health and Safety Tips