Travel is fun until something goes wrong, so it is important to ensure you have covered all the basics before you set off. Here are our 5 useful tips to help you plan the perfect trip.
- Decide where you want to go
The first thing is to decide where in the world you want to go. Are you dreaming of far-flung destinations like Peru or Bolivia? Or are you looking for something a little closer to home? Think about what you want to see and how much time you have for your vacation. Research your destination and start planning. Let your imagination run wild.
- Check your documents
Check your passport to ensure the validity will expire after you return from holiday. If it is your intention to apply for a passport, make sure you allow enough time for processing and delivery. There are expedited services available, but these, of course, will incur extra fees. If you plan to drive abroad, you may need to consider getting an International Driving Permit. Double check whether a visa and whether vaccinations are required for your destination.
- Set a budget
Once you have decided where you want to go and what you want to see, it’s time to budget for your holiday. Are you aiming for a personalized tour or prefer a group experience? Do you want to travel solo or arrange a trip with friends? Look at the options and assess all costs involved, leaving nothing to chance. Once you have a budget, you can start making a plan.
- Create a rough plan of your itinerary
When you know how much you can spend on your trip, you can start to plan your itinerary in more detail. Research the cities and sites you want to visit and ensure you exploit at best the allotted time, staying within your budget. Firm up dates and timing as much as possible, allowing some time for relaxation.
- Start saving for your trip
It is important you have enough money, so you have no worries whilst you are away. Also make sure you have enough to let your hair down a little at least once or twice during the trip. 6. Book your flights and accommodation
Once you know you can take the necessary time off work and have enough money available, you need to book your flights and accommodation, maybe also tours. When your flights are booked, you can refine the rest of your itinerary.
- Notify your bank and let them know you are traveling
It is always a good idea to let your bank, and/or credit card issuer, know you will be traveling. Banks can be very quick to put a hold on cards if you are in faraway countries. To ensure your transactions are not marked as fraudulent, give them plenty of notice. There is nothing worse than being on holiday without access to money or credit card payments.
- Pack well in advance
Make a packing list and make sure you have all you need. Allow yourself enough time to have everything ready so you aren’t running around at the last minute.
- Travel insurance
You may not think travel insurance is necessary, but it is definitely worth looking into. It may cover flight delays or lost luggage. Read the fine print and make sure you understand the terms and conditions. You may need to shop around and compare policies to find one to suit you.
- Have fun
Once everything is pre-arranged and you are ready to go, don’t forget to relax. It is a holiday after all!