Planning Ahead: Your Ultimate Travel Checklist
There’s nothing like the excitement of planning a vacation, trip or adventure. Seeing and experiencing a new destination when you travel is why so many make it a major priority in their life. You’ll have picked somewhere for a reason; maybe you’ve never been before, or it’s somewhere you keep returning to because there’s so much you have left to explore.
Whatever the reason is that you’re travelling to a particular location, you’ll want to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly and stress-free as possible. This is where your planning skills need to be applied. It might seem like packing at the last minute, and deciding what to do once you arrive will keep the getaway as low-maintenance as possible. However, a poorly planned adventure rarely work out the way you’d want them to.
Therefore, it’s time to make lists and itineraries your best friends. You don’t need to follow them to the letter once you arrive. However, having as much knowledge and information under your wing beforehand, will ensure that you can get the very best from a place, and you’ll understand exactly what it has to offer.
You’ll also need to ensure that you have everything you need, can avoid any costly mistakes, and most of all; are able to make some magical, lifelong memories. So, grab a notebook and some refreshments, and start preparing and planning for your next travel adventure, now; you’ll never regret the time and effort you put in. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who want to get the most from their next trip away, and a ready to become the ultimate travel planner.
It’s time to start from the very beginning; how and when you’re going to get there, is the first crucial part of any journey. Therefore, it’s worth looking into your options regarding your travel and transport.
Whether it’s flights, cars, tickets, or passes, you need to book; there are always ways to get the best deal or experience. Give yourself a budget and work from there. Think about travelling out of peak or busy times to save those pennies. And, don’t forget to arrange your transport once you’ve landed in your chosen country; you might be quite a way from your accommodation, so plan and book ahead to save time and money, and to keep everything running smoothly.
When it comes to your accommodation, it really depends on the type of trip you want to have. If you’re after a totally relaxing couple of weeks away, all-inclusive hotels might be the right option for you.
If you’re planning an extended adventure, where you want a base so that you can head out each day and explore, or live like a local, it’s worth looking into a house or a studio apartment for rent that resides near all the amenities you’ll need. If you’re planning to stay-in and discover more than one location during your travels, work out the best, and most affordable places along your planned route. Check out online reviews, and book ahead whenever possible.
Much like your accommodation; what goes into your suitcase or backpack, will heavily depend on the sort of experience you’re expecting to have when you’re away.
You’ll also need to factor in the weather, and any potential weather conditions. People often pack far too much, and, if you’re planning on some backpacking; you’ll have to learn the art of editing. Get that list going again, and write down what you’ll need for each day, don’t forget your toiletries, and any sun and insect protection you might need.
It’s always worth having an idea of where you might want to go and eat, before you arrive somewhere, especially if you’ve seen rave reviews for a particular eatery online.
The chances are that other travellers will have too, so book that table for a special lunch or dinner before you get there. Do your research into the local produce so that you can explore and eat locally whenever possible, or you’ll be able to pick-up the ingredients to cook in self-catering accommodation. It could also be worth finding out if there are any markets, what time they are, and where; work out the logistics of getting there and back and see if there’s anything else to to while you’re in the area.
Again, other travellers will know about the best attractions, exhibitions, events, and sights. Therefore, make internet bookings second nature so that you can avoid too many queues and disappointment when you arrive. Planning will build-up that excitement, and you’ll probably discover that there’s way more to your chosen destination than you originally thought!