For those who find planning a daunting or cumbersome task, I present to you some smart tips to make the entire thing, a walk in the park. Stay hooked!
I bring you 10 tips on how to prepare for your trip or extended holiday.
A little planning can easily avert all the stressful situations which may arise before you embark on your vacation.
Table of Contents
- Flight ticket deals
- Setting up your budget
- Finding the best accommodation
- Transfers from the airport
- Search the local area
- Prepare a rough itinerary
- Saving your bucks
- Travel insurance
- All the necessary equipment
- Packing your bags!
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1. Grab some great deals on flight-tickets
Yes, this is the very first step. Whether you know your specific destination or not, it's all about waiting for the right moment to buy your flight-tickets at a reasonable price.
How to do it?
One example, which is an excellent option, is to subscribe to some of the big travel-flight-tickets pages on Facebook.com and set up a notification alert for that page.
As you can see from the picture above, on your chosen page you must click on the Following button and check See First in your news feed, and also under notifications check On (Highlight Posts).
By doing this, you will get to see all the interesting posts come through first.
My second tip is to try searching on the Skyscanner portal, where you also get the option to turn on notifications about your chosen flight route.
2. Set a budget for your stay
It helps if you can do some research to find out just how much your vacation is going to cost you overall. Some destinations can be an expensive affair, but some may prove quite economical.
The style and the degree of comfort you are looking for will also impact your budget. When choosing your destination some other factors will come into play, such as the nearest supermarkets, banks, pharmacy, transportation services, etc.
For instance, an essential day expense in Paris can hover at around $75 excluding flight fare. With this rough estimate, you can calculate your minimum primary requirement.
3. Finding accommodation
No matter where you plan to visit, there will be an extensive range of accommodation from which you can choose, from dormitories to luxurious five-star resorts. Depending on your budget and the duration of your stay, you can book one that best fits your price range and comfort level.
The best option is to use Booking.com because they have the largest database of the hotels and offer the lowest prices.
As a backup, try Trivago, which has a complete booking system linked into one.
4. Thinking about how to get from the airport to your hotel
The best way is through Google by searching the phrase how do you get from * [your city name] airport to the city centre OR * [your city name] transfer to the city centre.
Take a look at the first five links and choose the price and impact of what goes to make up the booking process. It could be a bus or train transfer or perhaps a taxi or private prepaid transportation services.
If you are in pro-western countries, you can use Uber or other similar transfer companies. However, some states have put a stop to these services, so a standard taxi is the only option available. Alternatively, do your research if there's no Uber, as it's likely to be called something else in a different city.
By the way, don't forget to book a taxi from your home to your domestic airport!
5. Search the local area around your chosen accommodation
It's handy if you are prepared and have a little local knowledge about the area where you will be staying.
It's good to know about the local restaurants, bars, night buffets, the nearest bank or ATM and, of course, the closest public transport, parks summer picnics, and areas where (if you're into fitness) you can go jogging or running.
You can get all this information with the help of Google maps.
6. Prepare a rough itinerary
Again, it may be favourable to use Google, but not one of the typical Maps app. Instead, try to install a Google Trip app if you don't know your destination yet. It is very intuitive with the ability to save your travel itinerary, Flight info, and saved places in Google maps (both apps have syncing) plus many other useful things.
Next up is searching the net for practical information about the places you want to visit, for instance, entry fees, opening hours, and how to get there. Getting a brief outline of the local laws is sometimes handy too just so you can keep on the right side of the law!
Useful travel sites like Wheretostay.Tips, will help you with this, where we deliver short, but very targeted information.
But you can also turn to TripAdvisor with its vast database of information about every corner of the planet.
It's worth taking some printed copies of all the details too, in addition to storing them on your smartphone. Likewise, all the other significant documents you need for your trip. If friends or family are travelling with you, store it in a second mobile or on Dropbox or Google Drive, so if any documents get lost or misplaced, you've got complete access to them.
7. Start saving money and get your credit card in order
The earlier you start planning your holiday, the better it will turn out in the long run.
Why? Because you have plenty of time to research, land some terrific deals and discounts, and save money from the get-go, without having to think about your wallet.
There are plenty of ways to save money like getting a travel credit card which will give you a free bonus for signing-up, booking directly instead of going through an agent, booking early, researching various quotes given by different agencies, etc.
For instance, getting an American Express credit card will be well worth it.
Again, if you plan to stay somewhere for longer, an apartment may prove much cheaper than a hotel.
You can even go self-catering and save more or your precious dollars. There are plenty of ways to achieve cost-savings even before you travel but also during your trip.
8. Don't forget a quality travel insurance
This may seem a frivolous expense, but you'll reap the substantial benefits offered if anything happens by buying a good travel insurance policy.
It also comes handy if you are unfortunate enough to fall prey to theft or if your luggage or passport is stolen. If you suddenly face any medical situation like a fracture or accident while on the go, it's good to know you can recoup those medical bills!
If you are travelling around in your own country, your debit or credit card insurance will typically cover you. But, when are travelling abroad, it is crucial to get a comprehensive policy from one of the larger insurers to cover all eventualities.
If you're looking for cost-savings in this area, search Google with the phrase *[your insurance company] voucher code, or something similar.
9. Getting together all the necessary equipment
If you don't have the essential equipment needed for travel, you might lose out on so much fun. Some items are almost compulsory, for instance, you can't go anywhere without taking a cell phone charger. And, it goes without saying that you won't be able to charge your cell phone in the middle of a safari expedition or any other related activities. Likewise, your makeup kit, binoculars, a good camera, some terrific travel bags, and suitcases are just some of the vital items you'll need.
Also, don't forget a travel adapter, the correct one for your chosen country.
Your clothes need to be suitable for the weather of your selected vacation. If you intend to go swimming or snorkelling, or try out other water sports, it's better to be well-equipped so you can enjoy it.
A checklist ensures that you do not miss anything out.
Finally, you'll get to the packing stage. Remember - pack smart! Pick versatile clothes that you can wear multiple times. Choose things like packing cells or an undergarment organizer to help you pack more efficiently. There are a great number of tips available that will assist you in packing to the max while travelling light!
Finally, head on up the aircraft steps and have the time of your life! And remember to pen down your beautiful memories so you can reminisce over them later!