A trip is a small excursion to break the routine and head to a place away from home. This is your cue to plan a quick getaway or an extended vacation, let down your guard, and escape the deadlines, meetings, and corporate rut.
Any trip, solo or otherwise, requires you to lay out your budget, itinerary, destination and make it all work out for you to enjoy yourself and your group. Remember, a journey starts when you take the first step.
With this blog, you will have a checklist of steps to follow you to make sure you don’t miss out on essential aspects while planning your trip:
- Decide your budget:
The first and foremost thing you must do is to fix your budget. You cannot plan a trip to Paris with a budget of a few pennies. Not only will it restrict your style, your experience, and your stay, you will be highly dissatisfied with the whole trip.
You may choose to pay for your trip with savings or the recent bonus or some lucky chance of money – you decide. But make sure that the trip does not burn a huge hole in your wallet. Also, keep a margin for emergency expenses like a missed flight or train expense that you might have to bear. Expect the best and prepare for the worst.
Consider all the parameters like the location you have in mind, currency exchange, per day stay cost, food, and shopping (keep reading for more insight on these aspects).
Know that once the trip is over, you have to be careful of the expenses and save up for your next trip as well.
2. Choose your destination:
Now that you have set your budget, you can choose your destination accordingly.
Are you planning a family trip? Trip with your friends? Solo getaway? Or a love escape? Is it your honeymoon trip? Or an anniversary surprise?
- Family trip: the best destination for family trips is choosing where you would never have your bachelor/bachelorette trip. Family trips are meant to be relaxing and less packed. You enjoy each other’s company. A more straightforward way is to choose beaches or historically significant places with rich ancient culture. Or a countryside trip. Do not include stops to distant locations as getting the family to travel after arriving may take a toll on the older.
- Friends: choose a destination where the crowd is known to be chill and tolerant as your friends want a place to unwind and let loose. A destination where you can party, and the crowd will pass the vibe check.
- Solo getaway: put your safety first. Decide a safe location for travel and research it well enough, so you know you are safe.
- Romantic expedition: an anniversary, honeymoon, or a trip with your partner is always an occasion to celebrate. You can find your place of love with a bit of research and planning.
3. Itinerary: this is the part that takes extensive research and planning. Planning an Itinerary is like taking a trip before you take a trip. You set the dates; you research the location; you find out the places to visit; you plan to accommodate uncertain circumstances and situations. You set the vibe of your trip with the spots you plan and the places you decide. Don’t forget to consider the job obligations of your companions as well. Ask them to free up the calendar for the chosen date.
You can opt for pre-planned, well-researched travel itineraries and free travel guides available for every destination. They aid you in planning a trip to an unknown location so that you are not lost in the research itself.
4. Booking tickets for hotels:
Here’s when you begin investing for your experience of the trip. You can either choose to travel first-class or plan a road trip, or make train reservations depending on the number of people and your budget. Air tickets offer more comfort and save a lot of transit time but cost a lot; a road trip is a good option for remote destinations that are unreachable and offer a break from city life. You can also choose half and half where you cover most of the travel distance by train and the rest by road.
You can either splurge on the hotels or save up on it. A humble hotel with basic amenities will surely help budget planning. Homestays are advisable to cut down on cost immensely. On the other hand, a lavish hotel will boost your mood, help you relax, and make your travel pics aesthetically pleasing. Keep in mind to choose a hotel that is geometrically the nearest to your spots and touring locations.
5. Planning activities: just like planning an itinerary, you research your destination, but you look for activities this time. Waterfalls, forest trails, seaside life (dolphins, turtles), underwater exploration, local festivals, local markets, treks, paragliding, cruising are some of the numerous activities that can enhance your travel experience.
Explore your destination to its fullest, try out the food, traditional customs/attires, dive into their history. Focus on collecting moments and not momentos.
Do not overpack. Do not include stuff that you may never need. But remember to include flexible wear for weather changes, travel locations, daily needs, and hygiene products. For example, If your itinerary includes water sports or treks, you must include extra clothes, a windcheater, waterproof boots, get the idea?
Pack essentials like mosquito repellent, soaps, sunscreens, lotions, and hygiene products that you may need over the days. And last but most important, pack your style. And a camera to capture precious moments.
7. Be ready for what may come: a successful trip is a myth. You will face changes of plans, travel exhaustion, unpredictable circumstances, and weather hazards. You may find that these changes and unanticipated encounters are what make your trip a memorable one. Just sit back and let circumstances play out. Handle situations deftly and with precision. Avoid unthoughtful, hasty decisions. Lastly, enjoy yourself to the fullest!
With these steps, you may even plan a trip to Timbuktu. Do not hesitate to explore new destinations. It may be your first solo trip or family vacation together; you can disconnect from your old life and find solace in new places by interacting with new people and traditions.
If you never go, you’ll never know.