Easy Travels: Five Steps to Planning Your Next Trip
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong about it is to think you control it.” –John Steinbeck
No doubt, taking a breather from the perpetual hustle and bustle of our daily lives is essential. In this regard, we book trips and plan long sojourns wherein we give ourselves the chance to recuperate, rejuvenate and reinvigorate ourselves.
Unfortunately, while the prospect of a trip or vacation itself is appealing, planning its coordinated execution is not. Indeed, planning a trip—no matter how small or elaborate—can be a daunting task. This is especially true of the trip planned is one slated for a place overseas. There is a myriad of things to consider and ensuring you have the right papers and documents to make this trip just barely scratches the surface. Sure, thinking about the long and tedious process of planning a trip can be daunting. Moreover, the complicated logistics of preparing and arranging for one are never quite the same for every trip which can put more stress on you. However, while it sounds like an intimidating task by itself, it does not have to be overwhelming. With technology at your disposal, you have convenient access to the internet—a prolific source of information (and consequently, for travel guides and itineraries). As information is rather easy to come by nowadays, you can strategically plan your trips from something as straightforward as scouring for potential hotels in San Fernando Pampanga to something a little more elaborate such as planning a full-day itinerary in Nice, France.
In any case, here are some of the things to keep in mind when you are planning a trip:
Decide where you want to go
Knowing where you want to go helps you define your travel goals and would be helpful in creating a travel itinerary. Of course, much like any traveler in the world, knowing where you want to go is the initial part of the planning but you would be surprised how there are some travelers who are rather vague about where they are going. They would just know that they are going. Knowing where your destination would be is paramount because it shapes your travel goals. Be specific. Do not just say you are going to Asia but know where specifically it is in Asia. By defining where you wish to go, you would not only have solid plans but you would find it easier to commit to the trip as well.
Decide the length of your trip
Knowing how long your sojourn would be will help you set realistic goals as well as expectations. Moreover, it plays a pivotal role in the creation of your travel budget. In this regard, knowing how long you are away would help you figure out how much you would need to save. Be sure to determine the length of your stay as it plays a crucial role in your budgeting.
Research potential costs
Now that you have narrowed down your trip to one place and decided how long you would be staying, all you need to do is to nail down how much you would need to finance your entire trip. Airfare aside, identify which prospective activities you wish to do and know how much it would cost. Furthermore, figure out what kind of travel style you want to experience. Do you want to be pampered, stay in lush hotels and eat only at topnotch restaurants? Or would you prefer something a little more low-key? Pattern your budget after the kind of travel you wish and research how much hotels, restaurants, and tours are. Knowing the rates will give you a rough estimate of how much you would need for the trip.
Regardless of how far away your travel dates are, it is best if you start saving the moment you have booked that travel ticket. To make it a lot easier and more straightforward, write down what your current expenses are and identify what things you can potentially live without for the time being so that you can save. It might have escaped your notice, but you make several small expenses daily that can easily add up. Sure, that cup of coffee right now might seem a little insignificant, but if you multiplied that to at least five times in a week in a month then you could already potentially save for an economy airplane ticket. Start cutting back on your expenses and figure out a way that would allow you to save without feeling like you are sacrificing too much for your prospective vacation.
Check for deals
So, you are psyched and pretty much excited. But do not get too ahead of yourself and act on impulse. Sure, when everything is laid out and you have a concrete plan, it can be rather tempting to act on the plan and start booking tours and airplane tickets. However, acting on impulse can cause you to miss out on deals. Wait for promo deals and check hotels for room sales. After all, just because you have saved up enough for it does not mean that you should spend your money needlessly if there are promos. Be on the lookout for these and as much as possible, avail of them.