After a long and grinding first five months into 2018, you’re most likely telling yourself, “Man, I could really use a break.” And what better way to do that than to go on a vacation? Besides, sometimes work can be too taxing that a weekend binge-watch session or a lengthy good night sleep just isn’t enough. That’s where travel comes into play.
If you’re like us, visiting a different place and learning about a new culture is a great way to alleviate stress. However, going on a trip can also be a little tricky—if you don’t map it out clearly beforehand. We’ve already covered this in the blog already, but today we’ll be giving you a more detailed guide for planning your next trip.
Choose the exact place/s that you want to visit
Just the thought of touring a foreign land can be incredibly salivating in itself. But obviously, if you’re dead-set on traveling to different places, you have to actually determine what those places are first. Choose the ones that you would really want to see and that would best fit thekind of adventure or experience that you are looking for.
Not only that, you also need to decide on how many days you’re going to be spending in each place, so as to figure out the budget that you should have.
Let’s say, for example, if I’m looking to have a nice and relaxing getaway at only the best beaches and resorts in the world, then the Caribbean is the place for me, with its countless awe-inspiring islands and top-notch tropical atmosphere. Of course, being that it’s a world-class tourist destination, a trip to the Caribbean would be undoubtedly expensive, and therefore I’ll need to determine the amount of days I can spend there that would fit right into my ideal budget.
Visa, vaccinations and currency
Yes, even R&R’s require research and paperwork. In order to have a hassle-free vacation, you have to study about some important information about your destination. Does it require a visa and/or other documents to enter? Are there some contagious diseases that you should be prepared for? What currency do I need to bring for this trip? These are just some of the questions that you need to answer before you board your plane. Also, always having US dollars with you is a smart tourist move. Just a tip!
Find the best agents to book your trip
Once you’ve decided your dates and destinations and have done the research, it’s time to put your vacation in the hands of professionals. Search for a travel agency that can get you the best deals for your trip. For instance, our planned trip will be from Canada to the Caribbean, so we choose tripcentral.ca because of their great prices, fast trip planning, and experience with the destination. If your travel agency meets these criteria, then you can go ahead with them.
Where to stay?
You have two options for this: either you consult friends who have been there before, or you can check out travel blogs and Instagram accounts. This way, you can get more personal reviews and recommendations of hotels and inns and find out which is the most appropriate for you and your budget.
Design your itinerary
Being on vacation means that you are running on a schedule, meaning that you can’t do everything there is to do in your destination. Or maybe you can. Still, it doesn’t hurt to plan your activities in advance. That way, you know what things you need to bring for each journey. Also, if you like taking photos and videos always prepare your camera, spare batteries, memory cards and all the things that you need for capturing every memory of your trip.
Following up on the previous item, you should always be ready for every activity—but never over-pack. Only bring what needs to be brought so as to not fill up your bags with unnecessary junk. Otherwise, you’re going to have extra luggage with you, and that never equates to a good Time.
Check for transport options
Of course, if you’re visiting a foreign land (especially one that you’ve never gone to before) it’s always wise to learn the transportations available. How often does the train/bus run?
If it is a day trip, how often does the transport run to get back? How late does the last one run? Do you need to buy tickets ahead of time or can you be spontaneous? How much to tickets cost? You need to find the answers to these questions to ensure that your trips are convenient, affordable, and most of all, safe.
Consider different time zones
Factor this in your reservations’ scheduling. Also, consider the possible effects of jet-lag during your first days, or better yet, learn how to prevent jet-lag.
Internet access and phone service
As a vacationer, you must always have (fast) internet connection with you, whether it’s for social media or for doing some work if you’re going to be gone for a long time. Also, look for a great phone service provider during your stay to maintain communication at all times.
Read travel guides and blogs
You can always get great advice on what to do, where to stay, and what to eat from travel guides and blogs. By reading reviews and articles from these sites, you can get great ideas for your itinerary and find out which activities are worth trying, what places are worth a visit, and what kind of food you should try. You can even find out which places serve your local cuisine if you’re feeling a little homesick.
Avoid sticking to the tourist trail
Instead, dare to explore outside the commonly done and seen. Create your own unique experiences; don’t just follow what others have done. Go off the beaten path, often time the best experiences and the biggest opportunities are hidden there.