Planning the trip can be an intimidating task. From where do you begin? What’s step one? What’s step two? It’s easy to get astounded, especially when you haven’t done something like this before. Let’s start discussing your vacation planning.
We’ve planned innumerable trips and vacations over the past years (for myself, friends and even group tours) and we have developed a systematic schedule that ensures we don’t miss anything essential during the trip planning process. Nobody would likes to get to the destination and then realize that they forgot something.
And neither would you like that!
Earlier there weren’t really guides, travel blogs, sharing economy websites and apps like there are today so try to make sure to research and grab all the information from them so that you can get a bit comfort in planning our trip. If you are completely lost and just hoping that you don’t miss out on anything during your trip then make sure to take some measures in advance of your journey.
In an unceasing effort to help you get out the door and travel the world, we have put all our efforts to design this step-by-step usher on how to make your vacation planning easier. It helps you for any kind of trip and despite of how long you are going for! Just follow this schedule and you’ll be off in no time!
Vacation Planning – How to Plan Your Next Trip?
Step 1: Decide where and how to go
Consistently, where and how you go is driven by your individual circumstances:
- Are you more crunched for time or money?
- Are you traveling alone or with your friends or family?
- Is your work bendable with when you can leave or do you have a set time frame when you can travel (e.g. A teacher)?
- Do you want to travel somewhere close where you can drive, or would you have to fly?
Picking a destination is extremely important, as it gives you a definite plan. It’s very easier to mentally get behind “I’m going to Europe” than I’m going to Paris” or I’m going somewhere.”This will not only make your trip more concrete for you and easier to commit to, but it will make your vacation planning easier as well…because you know what to work towards.
Step 2: Decide the length of your trip
What is the total cost of your trip? If you are just blank about and got no idea for how long you are going away than this can really make your trip planning a bit cumbersome. You cannot figure out how much you need to save if you haven’t planned on how long you will be in your destination. Once you decide your time span of your trip you have already crossed your second step. Now, you have a solid plan to work from. “We are going to India for 10 days” is a trip that you can plan for.
Step 3: Examine your costs
So you know where you are going and for how much time you’ll be there, but to clinch how much money you need, your next task is to examine the costs in your destination according to the type of travel you want. Do you want to backpack, or would you rather want to stay in luxury hotels? How much it would cost to visit these hotels, hostels, restaurants and attractions? The collection of knowledge about costs will allow you to estimate how much money you’ll need for your trip.
Step 4: Start Saving Money
Nothing is going to exploit our vacation more than stressing about our budget. Give yourself a bit of buffer and a bit of protection. Write down all your current expenses so you can determine where you are spending money and how you can cut back. People fritter a lot of money every day through small purchases: that bottle of water, the rupees for that snack, that extra coffee.
All of that heap up and creating this kind of breakdown can let you know where you need to cut and save.
Step 5: Book flights and other accommodations:
Keep nourishing your desire to travel. Travel planning can be daunting and a lot of work but you need to stay focused and inspired. We know people generally pre-book their flights and other tickets but they generally miss out on booking accommodations while vacation planning. So make sure to book your flights and other accommodations in advance so that you do have a place to rest at your destination after your journey.
Step 6: Enlist the places to visit and restaurants for dining:
When you are planning your trip you need to know the best tourist attractions of the best and also you must have idea about their timing to open and close. Research and list the places you wish to visit and if necessary book the tickets and entry passes of the places before.
When you travel you literally crave for good food and like to try almost everything. But finding good hotels and restaurants at that moment is a bit tedious task so make sure to enlist before. Make a good research for coffee shops, restaurants, street food, pubs, bars and other renowned cuisines of the place and list them together so that you don’t need to hustle at that time.
Step 7: Check the passport:
If you don’t have passport make sure to apply for your passports at least 6-7 weeks in advance of your departure. And if you have got the passport, don’t forget to check its expiration date because who would like to get stressed out in the new place just cause of the passport issues?
Step 8: Check all other small stuffs
Check on the small things that you should have like flashlight if in case the lights go down accidentally and your phone runs out of battery. Take soap bars, toothpaste, extra bags, medicines and some snacks to munch on during the journey.
Go, Enjoy Your Trip.
If you have done your vacation planning for your trip properly then nobody can stop you to grab the best out of it.