Everybody likes to get away for a little while, whether you’re planning a round the world trip or a short weekend out in the country.
If you’re anything like me you might begin to find all of the planning and organising a little stressful. I spend so much time trying to plan where to go, how to get there, where to stay, what to do, that it sometimes makes me begin to dread the trip!
The more I’ve travelled the more tips I picked up to make planning the trip less stressful and let you start looking forward to your break even sooner!
1. Decide what kind of trip you want.
A few days, weeks, months, even years? Long Haul, short-haul, somewhere in your own country? What do you want from the trip? You need to decided if you want to see something new, if there’s something in particular you want to see or try? Do you want to relax, party, learn? Answering the basic questions will help you decide exactly where you want to go.
2.How do you want to get there?
This will depend on the kind of trip you’re going for, do you want to get there as quickly as possible or is the journey part of the experience for you?
3. Do you research.
Keep in mind what you want to do in your destination and research accommodation accordingly. Remember that the location is important but to consider the kind fo trip you want. Do you want a hostel, to couch surf, a hotel, an apartment? This might make a huge difference to the area you choose.
4. Think safety!
Throughout the planning process, keep your safety in mind. Check out the area you’re staying in, any trips you plan on doing. It might be worth checking out your travel insurance at this point. Nobody likes to think about it, but it’s good to know that you’re covered should the worst happen.
5. Make a list
Make a list of everything and anything! Things that will help you make a decision on where to go and where to stay. Pros and cons of staying in one place vs. another. When it comes to packing for the trip, I use lists to make sure I don’t forget anything I might need! Remember essentials are often overpriced in tourist destinations so you definitely don’t want to forget anything! I usually put a list of things in my bag to remind me to check I have everything before I leave to go back home too! Lost items are a nightmare to get back if you leave them in another country!
6. ENJOY YOURSELF!
Remind yourself that all this planing will pay off and you get to go somewhere new or visit a special place. If the planning gets on top of you, take a break and think about the positive side. Allow yourself to get excited and make the most of your trip!