[caption id="attachment_2640" align="alignleft" width="150"]travel-passport-map-how-to-plan-for-travel How to plan for travel - odds and ends before departure[/caption]This is Part 12 in my How to Plan for Travel countdown series with one blog post per month containing travel tips to get my family, friends, clients and you ready to go for your next vacation overseas. From August 1 through June 30, I’ll be counting down the tips by how far in advance it’s optimal to plan. If you stumble across this blog post in June, and you’re planning a trip in July, you’re not too late. You’ll just have to do things a little more quickly.  How can I get organized for travel: 1-2 weeks before How to Plan for Travel: Get ready for departure!  Holy smokes! Your trip is finally here! Doesn’t it feel good having so much of the planning done? The more you prepare ahead of time, the more you can truly enjoy your vacation when you arrive. If you're within a few weeks of leaving, you're really just down to: