Easy Guide: Plan Your Next Travel Trip

By Mary Charie / 09/07/2016

Plan Your Next Travel Trip – Easy Guide

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Not a bad place to plan your next trip, right?!

 

Who loves planning? I used to say I do love it, but let’s be honest, planning is something that torn us apart once in a while. However, this easy step guide is applicable for either short holiday or long term trip. Backpacker or flashpacker, this checklist will surely be helpful!

 

1 TO 3 MONTHS BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE DATE

 

WHERE TO GO AND HOW LONG FOR

Figure out first where you want to go, which places you would like to explore and see and how long you will be out there. Surely, it is overwhelming especially if you have a couple of months of adventure. Pinning down where you want to go and how much time you have, will help you save time, energy and money.

 

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FLIGHT AND ACCOMMODATION HUNTING

Booking your flight ticket in advance is always a great idea; you will get a good chance to spot cheap flights two to three months before your desired date.

 

If your trip is only for few days, go book your accommodation two to a month before your trip. However, if your plan is a long-term travel, book your accommodation for only a couple of nights first.

 

CHECK OUT YOUR VISA

Now that you have flight ticket, check out the visa you need. You can also check out visa before booking anything, it’s up to you. Schengen area is quite easy to figure out as the rule doesn’t change that often. Sometimes, even your passport is pretty strong, visa issue is inevitable. Here’s my visa guide directory.

 

BUDGET PLANNING

Now that you have your visa and destination set down, go online and find out how much the realistic daily budget is. Do you want to stay in a hostel or luxury villa? Will you be backpacking or flashpacking? In this way, you can avoid unnecessary spending of money. This will also narrow down how much money you need to save.

 

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3  TO 2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE DATE

 

ACTIVITIES TO DO

Few weeks or days before your departure date, you can start planning the major activities, sometimes these types of tours will require an early reservation, but if you will head to a touristic area, you can always find out online if reservation is needed.

 

Do not plan too much, your receptionist might have tonnes of local knowledge to share or other travellers will give you tips, be an open book.

 

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GET TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is surprising how many travellers are travelling without insurance. I honestly started without insurance, but it refrains me from doing extreme activities. So I decided to get one right away. Travel Insurance covers more than your emergency hospital bill. It also covers you when your laptop got stolen or your flight was cancelled, maybe your action camera broke.

 

1 WEEK BEFORE YOU DEPARTURE DATE

 

TELL YOUR BANK

Remember to let your bank know that you will leave the country. Some banks will block your bank card if there are any suspicious transactions of your account. You don’t want to cling on the phone trying to explain to your bank that it was you who withdraw money thousands of miles away from home.

 

Don’t forget to bring an extra card. This is a common mistake of a lot of travellers. Losing your one and only card will result in calling your parents for help and ruining your trip.

 

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PACK YOUR THINGS

I have to admit that this is a very tedious job after travelling for months.  Pack as light as possible unless you will go to a cold country where buying winter jackets and other warm clothes are expensive. Get packing cubes as it helps so much with organising your luggage. I met heaps of travellers who didn’t even used half of what was inside their big rucksacks.

 

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DO NOT PREPARE TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE

It is always fun to be spontaneous, but this will lead you to waste your time and might be missing some “must not miss” in your destination. Whilst planning too much will drive you to a cramped itinerary and exhausting trip.

 

Use this checklist as a guide to make your planning stage easy and smooth. There is nothing worse than getting stress few minutes after you arrived at your destination. Don’t forget to enjoy and have fun!

 

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Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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Evan Kristine - 30/07/2016

These are awesome tips, Mary! I could use alot of this, I’m the worse when it comes to planning my trips 😀

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Vyjay - 28/07/2016

All sensible and practical tips there. Yes the better planned your are , the more hassle free your trip would be. For really long trips we start planning 6 months in advance.

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Chandi - 28/07/2016

This is well thought out Mary.

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Cai Dominguez - 28/07/2016

Very helpful, I actually packed my things a day before my flight. Mainly because I already know what to bring and which shouldn’t. I also agree about packing light 🙂

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Mar Pages - 25/07/2016

This is a great checklist, especially on giving the bank a heads up. Also, on packing light- it can’t be stressed enough! I end up overpacking too often.

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Mary - A Mary Road - 24/07/2016

Thanks Lisa! Yes for sure, if you’re on high season, you might want to make sure you have place to sleep during your stay! 😉

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Lisa - 24/07/2016

really nice picture at the beginning. I think that depending on the time and season you want to travel the planning timetable varies a lot though. but it is a great advice if someone has no clue at all where to start !!

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Lisa (Klipdrifters) - 24/07/2016

Great advice, good to save a list like this to double check we didnt forget anything. Thank you!

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    Mary - A Mary Road - 24/07/2016

    No worries! glad you find it useful! 🙂

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Tracie Howe - 23/07/2016

Great advice here. I hate planning, but you definitely need to plan ahead for some things. I like the suggestion to book just a night or two on your arrival. That lets you rest after your flight without any worries, but it gives you the freedom to change your plans spontaneously if need be.

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    Mary - A Mary Road - 24/07/2016

    Can’t blame you for hating to plan! but it’s inevitable job though! lol!

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Thuymi @ www.AdventureFaktory.com - 22/07/2016

Same as Chris, we rarely look at accommodation in advance… only actually when we go to a country where we feel safety is less than it should be we make sure to find a place to sleep! Great Guide 🙂

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    Mary - A Mary Road - 24/07/2016

    Thanks for reading! xx

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Dannielle - 22/07/2016

I always forget travel insurance and the visa thing! Almost flew to USA without one once – oops.

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    Mary - A Mary Road - 24/07/2016

    Opps! Can’t blame you! Planning a trip is pretty exhausting at times!

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Maria - 22/07/2016

These are some great tips. I like to plan a few things out, but also leave some time to do things that I decide on the fly or because a local or fellow traveler recommends it to me.

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    Mary - A Mary Road - 24/07/2016

    I always welcome local and other travellers’ advice! 😉

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Jordan Adkins - 17/07/2016

Very useful check list – couldn’t agree more with not ‘over-planning’ as I have made this mistake once or twice. You end up with a cramped and exhausted itinerary and just end up tired and stressed. Best to be as flexible as possible

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    Mary - A Mary Road - 24/07/2016

    Thanks Jordan! Yes, be flexible as possible. Travelling is full of surprise! 😀

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Chris - 17/07/2016

Unless I was travelling to somewhere like Europe or the US during their Summer, we rarely look at accommodation in advance (we might look at booking the 1st night of our trip) as it allows more flexibility.

Research well in advance is also never a bad thing, as otherwise you might never know that the Inca Trail is closed for all of February, or that Machu Picchu is something you’ll probably need to book tickets for more than a few weeks in advance 😉

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    Mary - A Mary Road - 24/07/2016

    So true! Accommodation in Europe is quite a challenge during summer if you won’t book any before hand!

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