Step by Step guide in planning for a trip without breaking the bank. Knowledge is power and all situations vary, make sure to apply your own understanding after reading this when booking your next trip.
Planning a vacation can be sometimes extremely stressing, dealing with bookings, times, prices, conversion rates, etc makes you feel overwhelmed and sometimes it even discourages you from hitting the “book it” button.
In this article I will provide a brief overview of what we want to do to ease these stresses and make it a more exciting and enjoyable experience. There will be future posts that will go in detail into each section to provide a better understanding and help you throughout your travel plan.
Planning also depends greatly on the location you are going, is it within a short time frame or a long one? Do you have a place in mind or are you winging it? Does price matter? All these questions and many more need to be considered before picking your next destination and its extremely important you make a set path to avoid any unneeded stress.
Rough Budget is necessary to make sure you have enough funds to travel within your expectations, the last thing you want to do is under estimate your budget and then miss out on much better opportunities.
Selecting your Destination:
Selecting your destination is of course the most important thing, without a destination you have no vacation. It is good to have a rough budget idea on how much you are willing to spend. Some destinations are much more expensive than others and time of year can really make a trip affordable or extremely expensive. If you are flexible with your schedule. This will result in a bigger opportunity window to make your booking.
Once you have picked the destination and you have a set rough budget. Now its time to start seeing all available options to make your trip happen with the best experience/price ratio.
Choosing your flights, timing and schedule can really make a difference in the way you arrive to your destination, Sometimes its better to pay more if it means skipping a lay over or having a better on board experience.
- Hotels/Accommodation & Car Rental:
Picking a good accommodation is the most expensive part of the trip next to the actual flights tickets. But there are many things to consider before choosing a certain hotel. Sometimes its better to be further away if it means having more freedom, or sometimes its better to be in the city center where all the action happens. This is turn reflects if a rental car is needed or not.
When you arrive at your destination, you want to do everything and see everything. This is an unrealistic approach and a logical solution is needed in order for you to enjoy the trip properly. Cramming too many things to do in a short period can be stressful, you don’t want to be stressed during a vacation. Otherwise, whats the point?
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be diving in depth into each individual section. Planning a trip from start to finish. To shed some clarity on how we keep our calm during these times, to extract and enjoy the most out of every trip. It is essential you understand these points if you want to make the most use of your time while abroad.
We all travel differently. Some like to wing it, some like to plan. Planning a trip may be a little bit less adventurous but winging it may mean missing out on things because you did not plan it accordingly.
It’s all a matter of what you are most comfortable with and extracting the most out of it.
Part 1: Rough Budget
Part 2: Destination
Part 3: True Budget
Stay tuned for our future posts!