Proper planning and advance preparations are one of the keys to ensure successful and memorable travels. The lengthier the trip will take, the more time one needs to plan and to prepare ahead of time. To some people, planning a trip can be an awful and taxing experience especially if more people is involved or if it’s their first time to do it.
Planning shouldn’t be intimidating and stressful. In fact, this should be a thrilling moment to personalize one’s journey. So today, we present to you seven ways to plan your trip without the need to break a sweat.
1. Plan weeks (or even months!) before.
Planning in advance allows you to have more room for changes. You are guaranteed more room for personalization and alterations with your desired destinations. One major difference of planning ahead of time is that you will not be under time pressure as long as you don’t procrastinate planning.
You have more choices since you’re more relaxed if you plan weeks, or even months, in advance. You also have a chance to snag the best and cheapest deals for your travel! You may plan with some broad ideas first and get more specific as you near your travel date.
2. Do a thorough research and ask around for ideas from experienced travelers.
Incorporate some series of detailed researches about the place you want to visit. You may also ask around people you know who’ve been to the place aside from the internet. Tourist destinations shouldn’t be the only subject of your research. As you delve into the specifics of your general plan, you will know what things you should want to know more about in advance.
Do not skip the research about the specific requirements of the country you’ll fly to. For example, countries have a different requirement regarding passport expiration. The Schengen states, for instance, require tourist passports to be valid at least three months beyond your period of intended stay.
3. Show your plan to someone and solicit for opinions and suggestions.
Do not be afraid of letting some people know about your plan. It would be better if you ask the ones you know who have recently traveled around the place you’re going. Their opinions and suggestions might introduce you to some new ideas and perspectives. You might also learn some new information that only some people know! As always, you are always free not to incorporate all or some of the suggestions you are given.
Moreover, having someone else know your plan will give you some peace of mind. During emergency situations, like unexpected extended stays, you can be sure that there will be someone who will lookout for your safety.
4. Make a to-do checklist.
Creating a to-do checklist will be helpful once you’re well-informed about the things you need to prepare for your travel. You can sort them out according to their urgency and group them based on their estimate due date.
For example, you may create several categories for things you need done in X number of months or weeks ahead and breakdown the things into the specifics such as booking or making reservations for your flight tickets, accommodations, passport application or renewal, or buying thing you will need.
5. Book reservations in a timely manner.
The idea of planning in advance is to ensure that your travel will go as smooth as possible when you go from Point A to Point B. Thus, booking your reservations and buying your tickets in the same manner will save you a lot of hassle. This idea is on point especially if you’re planning to go to a place at a time when it is expecting many tourists to gather, like during festivals and other events.
6. Double-check your plan, to-do’s and checklists.
Do not forget to look at your plan, to-do’s and other checklists from time to time. This will allow you to spot undone tasks and rearrange, according to your liking, some things on them. It will also help you keep track of your accomplishments.
Make sure to have crossed almost all the things off your list days before your departure. At this point, it may also be a good idea to confirm all the bookings and reservations made earlier.
7. Stick to the plan but don’t be afraid to wing it (when the need arises!).
Some things might not go according to your plan but know that it’s okay and it happens all the time. Do not be disappointed especially for the things you have no control over. If this happens, remember that your plan is just your guide, and you can always wing it. Always wear a positive mindset and enjoy every moment as they happen.
Your next vacation is now set to be perfect now that you know the planning essentials. Treat your plan as a guide and be always open to changes along your journey, especially if you think it’s a good one. Make the most out of it and enjoy your travel!