Traveling is fun, but planning a trip can be stressful if it isn’t something you do regularly – or have ever done at all! Whether this is your very first trip-planning experience or you have planned a few trips before, I’ve compiled the top three things to consider that will make it a little bit easier.
You wouldn’t be planning a trip unless you already knew where you want to go and why, but maybe the one or two things that attracted you to your destination won’t be enough to fill up the time you’ll be spending there. Begin by doing some light research on your destination and come up with a list of more things you don’t want to miss – sights, restaurants, tours. Now, rate the items in order of personal importance. There are all kinds of travel sites out there with reviews written by travelers who have gone exactly where you want to go. Read through the reviews and narrow your activities down according to the length of your visit. Make sure to have backups just in case of unexpected closures, crowds, or inclement weather.
Speaking of weather, it is quite important to know the forecast especially if you plan to do anything outside. During the week before your trip, take a look at the current weather and the forecast for the dates of you’ll be heading there. When packing you’ll be considering the clothing and footwear you’ll need while traveling, and part of that depends on the weather right? Sandals or boots? Long-sleeves or short? Raincoat or no? You shouldn’t carry every option with you, especially if you’re flying, since you may run out of room in your baggage. If you decide that you want to carry something regardless of the weather – for instance, I usually carry a light jacket to wherever I travel (yes – even on beach trips!) unless it will be cold enough for a heavy coat – it is probably something small, and you probably already have room for it!
Finally, make sure you know your budget. If you earn enough money to head out on a spontaneous weekend or even a full week, that’s great! If you think you don’t earn that much, you’ll just have to take a little longer saving some money to go on your trip. No matter how much you earn, you’ll need a budget. If you don’t know where to begin, think about the things you’ll need to spend money on while traveling. Thing such as gas (if driving), tickets (if flying or riding a bus or train), lodging fees, and meals are what you can’t live without – but why travel if you’re not having a little fun? What I mean is that you want to make sure you have enough money in your budget to cover the getting there, the sleeping, and the eating as well as how much it costs to do the things you want to do and take in the sights. Consider transportation, lodging, meals, tickets for any activities you may be doing, and then have a little extra money for souvenirs.
I hope you find this helpful as you catch the travel bug! We’d love to hear about what you consider when planning a trip, just write them in the comments below!