If you like me prefer to plan your trip yourself and not going through a travel agent, the process of planning is not always that easy. To avoid frustration, I usually stick to the same “rules” which I though could be useful for other wandering souls.
Step 1: Choose a destination
I usually know where I want to go: whether as per friends’ advice or follow my own aspirations, this is always my starting point. After all- duration, budget, time – all depends on the place you are going to visit.
If you don’t have a place on your mind, you could:
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Step 2: Choose when you want to go
If you are not restrained by your work / family schedule, you should consider:
Step 3: Check the validity of your documents and apply for new ones well in advance
Step 4: Apply for visas well in advance
Sometimes you might be asked for supporting documentation which will delay the visa application process.
Step 5: Plan an itinerary
Of course, in the Internet era, you will research the area you are going to online. You should:
· Plan the museums, galleries, outdoor places, such as parks you want to visit.
Step 6: Set a budget
Normally, you know how much you can afford to spend prior to departure. Depending on your set budget, you can set a daily allowance for:
Sticking to the budget will help you limit yourself to only purchasing the essentials and not overspending for purchases you will then regret.
Step 7: Make your reservations
Do this well in advance (if you can) to avoid disappointments. Research low cost fares, alternative sorts of accommodation such as Airbnb, coachserfing , ect.
Step 8: RESEARCH, read forums, buy maps and travel guides
Better be safe than sorry, right? Making sure you know enough about the place, culture, people will help you avoid any confusion while travelling.
Well, this is how I plan my trips. What do you do? Maybe you have other useful tips-let me know!!!