Planning your perfect trip is a lot of fun. You get to sit and daydream of all of the locations, scroll Pinterest and blogs for tips about where to go. You have a lot to do, you need to check out things like hotels, local attractions, tours, free stuff, flights and more.
So let’s dive into how to plan your perfect trip in a few easy steps.
If you only have 2 days off work, then you are going to be hard-pressed to find something that is going to work for you in such a short space of time. So when you are planning your trips, try to aim for a time of year that you know you have at least a week or more off work. Add two weekends, and you have 10 days to play with.
Will you be travelling with friends, solo or with family? Much of what you can do will be dictated by who is with you. Young children don’t do well on long hiking holidays or really humid conditions. And if you are solo, then safety is something that will be a concern for you. So talk your plans through with the people who will be with you, they might have some ideas of what they want to see and do.
Before you put the pin on the map, you need to really think about what it is you want to do while you’re away.
- Mountains or Beaches?
- Snow or Sun?
- Road trip or Resort?
- Luxury or Budget?
There are of course places that you can get a mishmash of all of these things. But just think about what is going to give you what you want.
If you are taking the children, then you are pretty much beholden to the rules and regulations over when they can go on holiday. So you will be in the peak season with the price hikes. If you don’t have children, then you are much more flexible. If you can go in low season, then the savings are more than worth it.
They are the most significant travel expenses, and if you are looking to get the best service then somewhere like the flight itinerary for visa will work for you. Flying long haul can be pretty uncomfortable if you aren’t prepared. So you might even want to put the most significant chunk of cash you can here. Upgrading your seats to something plusher is advisable. If you only take one vacation a year then go for it.
Once you have checked out a few different prices, then you should make sure that you are getting the month overview to see if you can book on a cheaper date.
As this is a significant expense, the earlier you book it, the better. Much of what you are looking for in accommodation will be depending on what you are looking for. Cabins in the hills work for some, while an all-inclusive hotel will work better for others.
If you are staying for a week or more, you can get two great short-stay rates at different locations. This will enable you to have a few days in an all-inclusive, then a few days in an apartment. Booking.com is a popular option to start pricing up places and also seeing what is available in the area.
If you want to have a few options, then book multiple places with free cancellation, and talk with your travel companions about it. Then cancel what you don’t want. Never leave a booking open and not show up, it is bad manners.
Before you arrive, take a look at all of the places that you want to visit. Are the easy to get to by public transport? If so you should check the tourist websites and pick up travel cards for the time you are there. If they aren’t, then you should look at hiring a car. Make sure that you plan the routes out in advance. This way you won’t waste time in the mornings worry and getting lost.
What To Do
Many of the real tourist attractions will be booking only. And prepare for them to be busy. So if you can, book early morning entry. Every city has a big range of free things to do. Museums, art galleries, parks, observatories and more. So get a list of the free things to do in a city too. You can space them out and save cash. Try and get to a street food vendor in the area, they are highly recommended if they’re good – or you can tell from the queues. Parks and playgrounds are always great if you are taking kids – so they can blow off steam properly between all of the other fun stuff.
- Always have a packing list – and tick it off as you pack the item
- Spread change and notes around your luggage and bags – so that if anything happens, you have spare
- Know your visa requirements
- Get immunizations
- Share itinerary
Oh, and, have fun!