You know you’re ready to hit the road and see the world, but you need a little help getting out the door. With some thought and careful planning, you can be headed for adventure sooner than you think. Start planning your escape!
1. Determine how much money you can spend on a trip.
You don’t need to be rich to travel tour, but knowing how much money you have available will likely shape all other aspects of your trip. If things are tight, you may decide to delay your trip until you can save more money. Where you go, how you get there, where you stay may all rely on how much you have to spend.
2. Figure out how long you will be gone.
If you are working, check how much vacation time you have saved up. Check your calendar for any important dates that might conflict with your travel plans–you might need to push your trip back a few days so you don’t miss your grandpa’s 100th birthday.
3.Choose when to go.
Find out the high, low, and shoulder season for tourists at your destination by looking at their tourist bureau online. When you travel may also impact the cost of your ticket. If you’re not choosy about dates, you can plan your trip around the lowest fares.
- High season is when there are the biggest crowds, the best weather, attractions selling out, and the highest prices.
- Low season usually means great deals, fewer tourists, the possibility of terrible weather, and the risk of some attractions being closed. You may also find that locals are a little more welcoming.
4. Decide what kind of trip you want this to be.
Ask yourself what you’d like to get out of your time away. If you need a break from your hectic schedule, consider planning a relaxing beach vacation. If you are going crazy with boredom, look into an adventure vacation white-water rafting, zip lining, or rock climbing. Become one with nature by visiting a national park, or gain new perspective by visiting a country halfway across the globe.
5.Set a budget
Do your best to estimate how much your entire trip will cost. Factor in travel expenses (plane or train tickets, gasoline if you’re driving), hotels or hostels, travel insurance, passport or visa fees, transportation at your destination (taxis, buses, car rental), the average cost of a meal (or set the total amount you are allowed to spend on food each day). Be sure you leave yourself some cash to splurge on something special and something extra for emergencies.
6.Make travel arrangements.
There are dozens of websites you can use to search for reasonable flights all over the world. Take the time to check multiple booking search engines, as they don’t always feature the same deals. Try the airlines’ direct websites, too. If you’re not flying, you can book train and bus travel online, too.
7. Book your accommodations
From hostels to luxury hotels, tree houses, campgrounds, and private apartment rentals, there are tons of options when it comes to deciding where to stay. Consider how you plan to use your accommodations. If you want to meet other travelers and don’t mind sharing a bathroom, a hostel may be a good choice. If you want to sleep late and order room service in a fluffy robe, you probably want to find something upscale.
8.Make a rough itinerary
If you plan to visit multiple cities on your trip, try to determine how many days you will spend at each location. Decide which attractions are priorities and find out if you need tickets in advance. Don’t be too strict, though. If you’re stressing out because you’re 15 minutes behind your itinerary schedule, you (and your travel companions) aren’t going to have a very good time.
9. Make a packing list
Check the average weather at your destination for the time of year you are traveling. Many blogs and travel websites have compiled suggested packing lists, so if you search “what to pack for a week in Bali,” you should find lots of good recommendations.
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10.Get your passport
First things first-you aren’t going abroad anywhere if you don’t have a valid passport. If you are applying for a new passport, you must submit your paperwork in person at a passport agency or approved facility (usually a post office), and some are by appointment only. Save yourself a lot of stress and get your passport in order before you do anything else.
10.Find out if you need a visa
Some countries visitors to obtain a travel visa to enter the country. As with your passport, you should apply well in advance, as it could take days or weeks to process.