Even though right now travelling seems to be as realistic as creating a perpetual motion machine, one day the pandemic nightmare will be over and tourism will once again become a thing. And when it does, you want to be fully prepared to explore the world again.
We have compiled a comprehensive 8-steps guide on how to plan your next trip to make it one for the ages. Curious? Let’s dive in.
1) Decide on the Destination
Well, this one is a no-brainer, but we couldn’t just leave it out. Some of us have such an itch to travel that sometimes the destination is even less important than the notion of travelling itself. We get you, but hear us out, too. When you want to go anywhere, you’ll end up going nowhere. And once you have a clear understanding of the place you want to go, everything will seem a lot more real and doable. So find time and inspiration to determine your destination before you rush to pack your bags.
2) Choose Your Travelling Style
Are you going solo or with a company? Is it a short trip or a long journey? Are you travelling with panache or are you just modestly backpacking? All these things will affect your budget, the strain you put on yourself and your overall experience. So determine what you want to get from this trip and then you’ll know how to travel.
3) Make Sure You Have a Visa
With some countries no visa means no entrance (womp-womp). So make sure you apply for a visa and that your papers and photos are 100% compliable. If you don’t want to waste your time in photo studios or booths, you can always make a perfect visa picture right at home. All you need is an official-looking picture, visa photo software like Passport Photo Maker and just a few minutes of your time. Just use the program’s visa templates to crop your picture according to all the requirements – and bam! – you have a perfectly approvable visa photo in a couple clicks.
4) Book Everything Ahead
Like way ahead! Flights, accommodations, tickets to sights and museums – nowadays you can book almost anything via the internet. First of all, you won’t have to panic when the due date comes and you still have no plane ticket or a place to stay. And second – the earlier you book, the cheaper you get it.
5) Plan Your Route
This might seem like a bizarrely boring way to spend your time, but if you really sit down and plan your journey, this will pay off big time. If you determine where you want to go and what you want to do, it’ll be a lot easier for you to plan your budget. Then, you can always be sure that you visit your places of interest during the working hours (and no national holiday gets in your way). And besides, it’s always a lot better to wake up in the morning knowing what you are going to do today instead of lying in the bed and staring at the ceiling trying to decide.
6) Work Through the Budget
Now that you know where you are going, how long you are staying there and what your plans are, it’s time to count the money you’ll need. Couple it with looking for the best or last-minute deals. If you go a bit over your planned budget, look for ways to cut the costs. Alternatively, find ways to raise more money for your trip (for instance, start saving, find an odd job). Get a travel credit card to earn bonuses. And make sure you always have some extra money in case of emergencies.
7) Get Travel Insurance
Accidents happen anywhere. So travel insurance is a must, not a bliss. We cannot stress this enough – do not leave your home country without insurance. It’s one of those things that you better have and don’t need than otherwise. Besides, take some time to learn a few safe travel tips you can find all across the Internet. That’ll help you have your guard up so that you don’t ever need to use the insurance (that you already have, right?)
8) Pack Wisely
Do not try to cramp in your whole wardrobe into your tiny suitcase or backpack. When it comes to travelling, the rule less is more is perfectly applicable. Here’s a way to decide what to take. Put everything you think you’ll need on your bed, then pack only half of it. Hey, we’re just being realistic! But in case you really want to take everything you own, then make sure to learn some packing hacks – there are tons of them on the Internet.
Well, here we go – with our bags smartly packed, our journeys thoroughly planned, and our heads filled with wanderlust we are finally ready to explore the world. We hope that our guide will make your preparation for your next trip a lot easier!