Guest post by Lily Kaligian.
Trouble Planning A Trip? Here’s What You Need To Do!
Planning a trip can be really exciting. But it can also be really frustrating. A big trip abroad requires a lot of organisation.
If you’re having trouble planning your next trip away, here’s what you need to do!
Establish Any Holiday Limitations
How long can you go away for? If you only have a week or two to play with, ask yourself if you want to spend a chunk of that time travelling on a long haul flight and dealing with jetlag.
Equally, if you plan to explore a number of locations within your chosen destination, figure out how long travel between each place will take and if you really have the time to fit it all in.
When can you take your trip? Some destinations are best avoided during rainy season or when there are hurricanes around. Whilst travelling off peak can save you some cash, it may hamper your holiday experience. Do some research into the best destinations for the time of year you want to travel.
What is your budget? If money is tight, put an affordable figure on the table from the start. This will help you to find a trip that comes within that budget and decide on what is and what isn’t feasible.
Decide Where You’d Like to Go
Once you’ve factored in any limitations, you can get started on the fun part – deciding where to go. This is easy if you have your heart set on a particular destination. If you don’t, get guide books, search the internet and ask for recommendations from friends.
Check Flight Comparison Websites
If you’re planning to travel by air, finding times and prices for each individual airline on the route can be time-consuming and confusing. A flight comparison site like Kayak or Skyscanner will find all available flights for your dates and route.
What’s more, they allow you to order those results by price or journey duration, meaning you can find a flight that perfectly suits your priorities.
Look Into Visas
Do you need a visa to travel to your chosen destination? Some embassies take a little while to turn around a visa application so you need to leave plenty of time before your departure date. Also check the validity of your passport. It may need to be valid for a number of months after your proposed arrival back home for entry into certain countries.
Find out About Vaccinations
As with visas, vaccinations aren’t something you should leave to the last minute. Find out if you need any vaccinations for your trip and when you need to get them. Some injections only provide immunity for the duration of your trip when taken weeks or even months before you travel.
This can be one of the lengthiest parts of the holiday planning process. Where you stay can have a huge impact on the success of your trip. Consider all of your options – hotels, self-catering apartments, entire homes and homestays – and then how you want to book.
You can organise accommodation direct with a hotel, through a hotel comparison website or even book a room in a shared house on Airbnb. And remember, for longer trips you can book your accommodation as you go, allowing for flexibility if you fall in love with a place and want to stay longer.
Booking a trip, yourself rather than through a travel agent can save you lots of money. It also means you can adapt a trip to perfectly meet your requirements.
Once you’ve got the big organisational elements covered, you can have tons of fun planning those exciting itineraries and once-in-a-lifetime activities.
About the author
Lily Kaligian is an editor at Businesscheck.co.nz. She creates a variety of articles about careers, entrepreneurship, technology, business, education, as well as travel and personal development.
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