Are you planning to go for a trip anytime soon? If yes, then make sure you read this post till the end. I am going to help you in planning your trip like a pro and making sure that you never have to stay away from fun experiences and wonderful places to go.
Remember, planning a trip is a surefire way to ensure that you have fun. Though spontaneous trips are not all bad, you may often get lost or may not have enough time to experience a place to the fullest.
Here are some travel planning activities that you can do now.
Choose locations wisely
Many a times, people remain confused about the locations they want to visit during the trip which results in chaos. So, it is necessary to choose the exact locations included in your trip. It makes you more focused on your journey. Once you decide the place, it becomes easier for you to make the rest of the plans.
Calculate the length of the trip
You need to decide the number of days you will dedicate to travel. It helps in determining the cost of the tour and determines the leave application you will be sending to your office soon.
Estimate the cost of the trip
Estimating the cost of the journey is as important as deciding the destination. There are two ways to do this. Either decide the budget first and then make plans OR plan and decide the budget along the way. I have personally found the first approach to be the best.
Start saving money for the trip
Make a list of the expenses you do on daily, weekly and monthly bases. Now you can easily save money for the trip by cutting down the unwanted costs. You can also make a small piggy bank and save money for the tour in it. A high paying savings account will be useful too.
Stay focused for the trip
It is advised to keep yourself motivated for the journey. Some people have a habit of making plans, but lack of motivation often leads to postponement or sometimes even cancellation. So, keep watching travel videos and reading travel stories for some much-needed inspiration.
Book transport for your trip in advance
Booking the ticket in advance is the best way to keep yourself motivated. If you have decided to go by flight, book tickets while they are still cheap.,
Book Accommodation for your trip
It is better to book hotels in advance instead of waiting to reach there and going for whatever is available. There are lots of online applications through which you can book your accommodation in advance and reduce your burden. You can also cancel your booking if you make any changes to your plan.
Once you have reached your destination, you need a means of transport to travel around. So, it advised checking about the various mode of transport available there. It will help you later and save your precious time. We always encourage you to go for public transportation. It is cheaper and much safer than other means.
Book places in advance
There are some very popular attraction points like Alcatraz in San Francisco and the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb which need advance booking by the visitors. So, it is better to learn about the famous spots at your destination and book them in advance.
Check the date of expiry of your passport because some countries need your passport to be valid for six months till your date of stay. Also, check it has empty space for the stamp/visas. If you do not have a passport, apply for is it at least six months before your trip.
There are some countries which have serious health problems. So, it is advised to visit the doctor and get vaccinated at least six to eight weeks before going on a tour.
Inform your bank
I advise you to inform your bank before traveling, so they do not block your debit and credit card suspecting an unauthorized transaction when you are in a foreign country.
Make Copies of Important Documents
Photocopy your most important documents while traveling, it helps you if in case of theft or any other mishap.
Do Travel Insurance
There are many insurance companies which provide travel insurance for health issues, accidents and even theft of personal belongings. Just purchase it and feel safe.
Choose smartly what to put in your luggage. It is advised to leave the unwanted items at home. Don’t pack things just because you ‘think’ you will need them.
All set now? Go and have fun.