Planning a trip takes time and requires much effort. Many people prefer to book group tours for vacations which I definitely recommend or booking via agents. However if you want to skip the crowd, spend some me time and save some quids, planning the whole thing by yourself is an option. You can soon board the flight for your dreamiest vacay within five little steps.
Money for the trip √
Vacation approved √
The first topic is Money after you’ve decided on your destination! It is important to make an estimate of how much you are willing to spend on the trip. Consider expenses such as flight tickets, accommodation, transport, food, entertainment and spare money.
Book your plane ticket and transit flights
This step is so so heart satisfying. Yes finally booking your plane ticket, for the vacation that you’ve been waiting since forever, is one of the best parts of all.
I suggest using Sky-scanner. It shows which airline provides the cheapest fare and flights available for your date. I then reckon you to book directly from the chosen airline’s website. Not only this is often cheaper, it is also the safest option. It is better to book few weeks ahead to avoid paying a high price at last minute. An important part of this step is to check visa requirements when booking a flight. I ended up staying 10 hours at Dubai Airport because I didn’t know henceforth about the exorbitant price that I would have to pay for visa for just a few hours that I would spend in Dubai.
Booking for accommodation can be a daunting task. What I normally do is check all hotels within my budget and requirements on Expedia or Booking.com and select a few options. I then check for the price on the hotel’s website and reviews on trip advisor (I personally like to view the hotel on YouTube). And then I go ahead with the hotel of my choice and where it is cheapest, of course. Do not forget to research on the area you are planning to stay, for example if it is easy to commute or safe to walk the streets at night.
If your destination country has great transport links, you get can a travel card upon arrival or day passes.
– Some hotels offer complimentary airport shuttle, do check with your hotel before the trip. And if you are arriving at odd hours, it might just be better to book a cab.
– You can also opt for guided day tours which provide pick up and drop off services or rent a car and play the tour guide.
Plan your activities and places of interests you want to visit
I’m sure you’ve done your research on your destination country and have an idea of the activities you want to do over there, places to visit or food you want to try. Use inspirations from tour companies’ websites to plan your day. Note it all how you are going to spend each day, if possible write down train timings in advance to travel stress free. Make the most of free walking tours in available, they are absolutely worth it and you learn a lot more about the place (you might have to give a little tip by end of the tour, to show appreciation).
Next is to start packing and catch your flight!
Step 1 to 5 is completed. All you have to do now is pack your stuffs and leave, yayy! Make sure you have all your documents ready, your boarding pass and passport. It is also advisable to keep copies of your passport; some countries might require you showing a valid proof anytime. Another problem I had when I was in London was my bank (in Mauritius) kept blocking my card and I had to call them all the time so they would reactivate it. It is important to inform your bank when you travel especially if you intend to withdraw money from your account.
Two last things before the trip
Travel insurance! I never traveled with insurance before but I did take a package for my trip to Indonesia because of the volcano and I wasn’t really sure if flights would be cancelled etc. It is worth it though I didn’t have to use it.
Sim card. Yes it is really important. It is a lot easier to get around if you have mobile data and also to make calls in case of emergencies.
And that’s it, Bon Voyage!
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