I am so fond of making plans ever since I was just a kid. Personally, I have already experienced this "travel planning" thing and is currently hands on in preparing future trips with my husband.
Planning for a travel is not that simple especially when you are up to out of the country trips. There are several things you have to consider and be aware of.
The following things were based on my own experience which might be of help to you as well while planning and preparing for your next exciting and amazing trips.
The most important part of planning for your travel is knowing where to go, you cannot just say that you want to go somewhere far away and jump into doing everything and tell the travel operator to book you a ticket anywhere! (I myself have experienced this with clients before when I was in the Travel Industry)
If you want to make your get away so much fun and perfect, then you have to consider your needs and wants, your purpose, type of place, weather, budget and etc. Just imagine yourself in the exact place and enjoying what you have exactly planned, isn't it amazing?!
On the contrary, I still believe that unplanned and unexpected happenings in life might not be perfect, but definitely are the BEST!
Length of your trip matters, it really does. Be sure that days are sufficient for you to do what you have planned and visit the attractions as per your itinerary. Give a day or two allowance for any unexpected and additional activities, though not at all times, but it really happens, trust me!
You don't want to ruin your trip on the exact day do you? Well then, first things first. Never forget to check and get important info whether you are eligible or not to enter your planned country of destination if you don't want to be disappointed. Remember that not all nationalities were given the opportunity to enter all countries nor to get a visa upon arrival. Even US citizens have restrictions but can visit almost all countries without prior clearance. Be wise enough to know these things and confirm from the embassy what are the requirements in obtaining a visa.
Have your itinerary ready, if you are a budget sensitive, you can get help from your friends who already visited the place. You can also search online the must-see places and spots as well as what are the best things to do while in that area.
On the other hand, if you prefer to relax and doesn't want to give much of your time thinking, worrying which spots to see, booking hotels and air tickets, purchasing travel insurance and most all not to miss the important and beautiful sites, then getting a tour operator will be a great idea especially when you only have few days left to go and a limited time for your trip. This will save your time but will be a little bit costly.
5. Travel Documents
A big no no to forget! These will serve as your gate pass. Your passport, visa, itinerary, hotel confirmation, insurance, air ticket and the rest should be place in safety, or better yet, inside your hand carry bag. Chances are you might overlook these docs and remember only when you are already in the check-in counter. Geez, I never wanted that to happen to me either!
The less you carry, the more places you can see. Travel light, leave those unwanted and unnecessary things which will be of burden. Bring and wear comfortable attires, remember that you are going for a trip and not for a show off in parties. Prepare things that will be enough for your travel needs.
Lastly but never the least, have a checklist. Sounds so old school but is indeed a great help! Jot down every important things that you should not miss, you can always be able to check back what you have already done, things you skipped and might have overlooked.
Remember that being prepared is better than telling yourself "Only if..." and asking "What if...?", it is similar with "Prevention is far better than cure" statement.
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