Let’s face it, the fun part of going on vacation is the vacation itself. That’s where you get to go off with your friends, family, or even solo, see amazing sights, taste delicious cuisine, or relax in a lounge chair for a week. But, none of that can happen without a little bit of travel planning upfront.
For most people, that’s the not so fun part of travel.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be boring or frustrating…if you do it the right way.
With the right travel planning, you can take your vacation from something that was a lot of fun, to a trip of a lifetime you’ll never forget. The key is in the details.
Ready to find out more?
Here are a few travel planning tips that will help you create the vacation of your dreams from start to finish.
It all starts with where you actually want to go on your vacation. When you start your travel planning, be as specific as possible. If you aren’t sure, or have a hard time picking between so many amazing destinations around the world, find ways to narrow it down. Pick a place that’s a few hours drive or flight, has activities you love, or a temperature range.
Once you have your destination set (no changing it!), you want to start thinking about the logistics. That means how long you can go for, maybe you only have a week off from work, or maybe you’ve got a long weekend to explore. This also includes the dates you want to go, be sure to get those off from work ahead of time so you can start planning. And, don’t forget to find out if you need any special travel visas or vaccinations before you go.
Ah yes, now the hard part: saving for your trip. If you have your destination and dates locked in, you can start saving right away. Many people will set aside a certain amount of money in a vacation account each month or week which can really add up. In addition, many people get credit cards that offer points or miles and can be cashed in towards travel later.
Now is when the rubber really hits the road it’s time to start booking flights and accommodations. The best time to buy plane tickets is about six to eight weeks before you want to fly. You can sign up for alerts on sites that will email you when airline prices go down. When it comes to hotels, you can usually find great deals on places that are just a little bit outside the main downtown area.
Think about the activities you and your fellow travelers want to enjoy while you’re away. It’s a good idea to write down things that you consider must see versus those that would be cool to check out if time and budget allow. For anything you really want to hit up, always go on their website to see if you need to do anything special beforehand like book reservations or pre-purchase tickets.
Once you’ve got everything else set, you’re pretty much good to go. But a few final tips. First, don’t forget to alert your credit card companies that you’ll be traveling, especially if you go out of the country. Second, pack as light as you can, even better if you can travel with just a carry-on, it will save you hassle and bag fees. Many people also consider trip insurance, which can come in handy for any issues that may come up.
What are some of your best travel planing tips? Let us know in the comments!