There’s actually not a lot of steps involved to trip planning but if you’re a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of person it can be quite overwhelming. From a weekend away to a long haul trip there are a surprising amount of things that stay the same no matter the length of your vacation.
If you’re not the sort of person who likes planning a trip, head over here and give me a shout; you can skip the rest of the article.
The rest of you, read on.
Where are we going?
This may seem like a no-brainer; you may already know exactly where you want to go. Alternatively, you may only have a vague idea that you want to go to, say… Europe. The problem there is that Europe is a big place. Narrow down your options and if you have to, pick a straw to decide. Once you’ve decided, it’s a lot easier to do the rest of the planning.
How long are we going for?
This may be limited to a weekend or for the length of your holiday time from work. You have to know how long you need to budget for. Once you have that you can start to plan costs.
How much is it going to cost when we get there?
Now that you know where you’re going and how long you’re going for you can begin to budget. Where do you want to stay? Hostels? Budget motels? Luxury hotels? Vacation rentals? What’s the average restaurant going to cost? Are you going to do any shopping? Do some research and figure out a daily amount that you will need. And then add a little extra because it’s always good to have a little fun money.
Book your flight and accommodation.
If you’ve done your research then you’ll know where you want to stay and how much it will cost. Book it.
What are we going to do when we get there?
Make a loose agenda of the major activities you want to do then check to see if you need any reservations. You don’t have to pack in everything a place has to offer, plan for some downtime too.
What should we pack?
That really depends on where you’re going and what time of year it is. One rule of thumb is to gather everything you think you might take with you and then get rid of at least 25 percent of it. Don’t forget to save space for souvenirs and gifts. I like to bring all my gadgets and comforts that make me happy.
Should we buy travel insurance?
Yes. Without a doubt. You don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s really only a few dollars a day for peace of mind.
Have fun! Once you’ve got everything planned all that’s left is to enjoy your trip.
PS: Make sure your passport is up date! And it may be a good idea to tell your credit card companies that you are travelling so they don’t flag your transactions as fraudulent.