Traveling around the world is a dream for many people. There are thousands who are fearful of traveling because they don’t know where to start when it comes to trip planning. For that reason, making the affirmative decision to do it becomes absent.
After personally traveling to a few places, each trip showed me news ways to do better on the next one. If you are interested in going someplace for travel, but curious about how to begin, please read on, as you will learn methods for easy trip planning.
Do Your Research
The moment you decide where you wish to go, research about the place via google search. On the internet, you will find several examples of other people who have traveled to your chosen destination. Typically, these articles highlight their experiences. There you could also possibly get advice and tips from their stories.
Reading up on other travelers’ adventures will allow you to have a general idea of the place. If you are visiting a country, it’s crucial to find the cities that are best to visit and learn about safety.
Set Your Dates
Amid your research, you are most likely going to learn about when it’s the best time to visit your chosen destination. Some websites will encourage you to go during the busy season. Though, watch out for those since generally in that time, accommodation and flight tickets skyrocket.
Typically, online, you can find out the recommended, the worst, and the okay time of the year to visit a country. In my India trip, I visited during the off-season when it was beginning to be very hot. Although at times, it was a bit uncomfortable, I later learned that I avoided higher-priced tickets and accommodation.
So then, it’s up to you! If you can afford to go during the busiest season when it’s most likely also full of other tourists, do it. If you are more on a budget, then consider going during the off-season but not at the worst time of the year.
Do You Need A Visa?
Once you have set the dates, it’s time to learn if you will need a visa. Those who are coming from America, there are tons of places you can go to without needing to go through the hassle of getting one.
If you find out that you are required a visa, it’s essential to read how long it will take for the visa to process. Some agencies have longer timeframes than others; for example, some take over a month!
Thankfully, a lot of the visa government websites have pages with simple instructions on how to apply for one. Ensure that when you are going through the application, you read carefully all it entails and do it slowly. These government agencies do not mess around when it comes to hiccups in the forms. If you even have one typo, they will deny you, and you would have to reapply again.
It’s exhilarating that you are about to take a trip to somewhere new, but don’t allow your excitement to rush you through the visa process. If you are interested in knowing which countries do not require a visa, click here.
Book Your Flight
At this point, you have done your proper research, set approximate dates, and learn if you need a visa. Therefore, the next step is to book your flights accordingly.
If you are traveling only to one place and back, it’s wise and cheaper to do a round-trip flight. However, if you are choosing to go to more than one place but leave from another, it might take a bit more of your researching time.
Skyscanner, a website for flights, hotels, and car rentals, is an excellent option for flights. The site allows you to search for the cheapest month to travel to your chosen destination. On top of that, you can also view price charts, so you’re able to see what dates are cheaper to depart or arrive.
I highly suggest taking notes of all the options available to you. Search your flights on several websites and notate their prices. Once you notice one site that tends to stay on the cheaper end compared to other websites, stick to that one.
Yes, it can be time-consuming, though, if you’re looking for the best options and the most affordable, you’ll need to do a little bit of research. At the end of it all, it will lead you to travel to your dream place!
Purchase Arrival Accommodation
After purchasing your flight, if you plan to travel to different cities in the country you’re going to, it’s fundamental to book your arrival accommodation. There are several ways and options for this step.
A solo traveler who is on a budget might want to look up private or shared rooms via Hostelworld.com or Airbnb. Someone who plans to vacation with friends or family in only one place have higher chances of finding great deals via Trip Advisor or Hotwire.
Importantly, if you are visiting a place that isn’t as modernize, ensure you read the ratings and review their photos. There are countries with small villages that have accommodation but located in a very unsafe area.
Get Mentally and Emotionally Ready
Depending on where you go, culture shock could have a massive impact on you. Despite all the research you do, you will not know the realness of the new place until you arrive.
Thus, get mentally ready for anything to come up and not pan out per your plan. Anything can happen, and therefore, it’s essential to be patient and understanding.
If you’re going to visit villages, be emotionally prepared to live like the community with fewer amenities. When traveling through a developing country, you’ll most likely experience difficult sights.
The best advice I can give per my personal experience for your trip planning is to maintain a positive attitude and use your common sense. Ensure to continue to look forward to discoveries and always go with your gut instinct.