Making travel plans can be time-consuming and overwhelming, especially when you are going overseas. While travel websites are there for you to book tours, flights, hotels and attractions, there isn’t exactly a guide that leads you to the how’s and why’s of travel planning.
This ultimate travel guide will not just tell you about how to plan for your travel but also how to budget, buy travel insurance, find good places to eat, types of immunizations required and more.
Choose Your Destination
What’s your pleasure? Choosing a destination is easy. Simply close your eyes: what do you see?
Sandy beach, treacherous trails, your world topsy-turvy from the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the beauty of the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps something else?
Book a Flight
What timeline are you working on? The best time to book a flight is two months before. Go directly to the airline’s website. Here, you will get lower rates and might even get some discount.
Tip: If you have a travel rewards credit card, then you will get a great discount on miles. If not, buy one now!
There are two choices for you when it comes to accommodation: you can either set a small budget aside for stays in different cities or pay nothing at all and live freely.
Of course, the former option is a hotel or a hostel and the latter is Airbnb.
How do you plan to visit the places to see the sights? You can either book in advance a rental car or if you are short on budget, you can take a tram or bus to every destination. However, you need to search on trams and underground trains, as some of them require access cards.
Things to Do and See
Make a list of all the places you are planning to see. Write the top ten first and put the rest in the “maybe” column. If you have enough time left at the end, you can see them too.
Places to Dine
From food trucks to pubs and 5-star restaurants, get information on all of them. Don’t forget the wine tours, which usually are 6 hours long and allow you to see many places all at once. You can easily find them on Trip Advisor.
Passport and Visa Requirements
Don’t have a passport? Apply for one six weeks before you start planning your trip. Check websites to find out what are the visa requirements of the places you are planning to visit.
Most of the vaccines require 2 months to work in the body. This is something that you need to get out of the way the first chance you get. In most places, a vaccine for Yellow Fever is necessary.
Make Copies of Documents
Any kind of mishap can happen when you are travelling. To make sure that you don’t end up stranded in a foreign country, make three copies of the following documents:
- Flight tickets
- Tour bookings
- Credit Cards
- Hotel reservations
- Driver’s license
- Rental car reservations
The most important thing that every travel enthusiast requires is internet access. So, before boarding that flight, research the sim card situation and data plans for your destination. If you can, invest in a mobile data device when you land.
It’s simple: carry as much cash as you can with you. Credit cards have hefty fees when used for transactions in foreign countries. Use them only when absolutely necessary.
Buy Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will help you get your affairs in order if you have a mishap
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Make a last minute call to confirm that the flight you think is scheduled at a particular time is accurate.
So, there you go… a guide to help you travel safe and explore your dream country to your heart’s content.