Quick review on how to plan a trip!
- Who are you going with? Why go with anyone, go solo! If you can’t go solo, make sure you pick people that you can travel with; people who are like you when you travel. So that means if you’re like me on vacations and like to rise early and make the most out of your day, sleeping late too, make sure your travel partner(s) does too! This also entails activities, sights, capabilities and whatnot.
- When are you going? Peak or non-peak season? Make sure you research the climates, weather, activities, seasonal differences, prices, natural disasters, and limitations. This is very important because if you decide to go during non-peak season to save money or whatnot, you may be expecting paradise but it could actually be a nightmare thus being the non-peak season; not always the case though, but it can be! Also, activities and sights may be unavailable during non-peak seasons so be wise and research thoroughly!
- Where are you going? By the way, these are not in any particular order! I usually start with one and move onto another. If you’re like me and want to go everywhere, then just pick a spot and start planning! Of course during your research if it’s not the best idea, you can always switch and continue to do so until you find the perfect trip for your preferred time period. Pay attention to location, climate, culture, environment and customs!
- Why are you going? This is quite essential to any trip, especially if it isn’t open-ended! I think that only open-ended trips can have an open-ended reason for going! Try to match your location and activities with your purpose, if that wasn’t obvious enough.
- What are you going to do? Kick back on the beach, drink/smoke all night long and party, outdoor activities like rafting and hiking, or maybe just sightseeing? These should be match everyone’s tastes in your group, unless sometimes you split up; which is completely fine and actually preferable if you know each other well enough!
- How? How will you pay for the trip? How will you get to your destination/what form of transportation suits your needs? How will you get to the airport or station? How will you get around your destination?
- Book the trip! Use several sights to look at flights like Hipmunk, BookingBuddy, Expedia, Orbitz, CheapTickets, Priceline, etc. Same goes for accommodation, there are many options like Couchsurfing, House Sitting, Pet Sitting, renting apartments from others like on Airbnb, hostels, hotels, motels, friends and family. Think about your trip purpose, group and activities as everything should complement one another.
- Post-booking preparation entails little significant details like:
- Whether or not to use cash or credit cards
- Getting your passport, papers and documents required to leave (your country and enter another). Make sure your passport doesn’t expire during your trip, you may not be allowed to even leave.
- Take off from work!
- Do you know how much you’ll be charged, if any, if you use your card internationally? Can you even use your cards internationally? Tell your bank/institution of your trip and make sure that they’re capable of being used, even if you don’t need them; you never know what may happen!
- Also, as mentioned above make sure to look into tips, customs, culture of the destination so you’re not an ignorant tourist pissing off locals; you want to be friends with the locals as you get the best tips from them on food, activities, locations, etc.
Hopefully you found something you didn’t know about earlier or maybe the whole thing is useful for you! This post more or less represents what goes through my mind when thinking or planning a trip of any sort.
Is there anything that I missed? Maybe you plan your trips a bit differently? If so, let me know! 🙂