Many people like to pack up their bags and travel. Sometimes it’s a bunch of smaller trips spaced throughout the year and other times it’s taking one or two bigger trips.
Whatever your preference, it’s wise to cover all of your bases before taking your next trip. That goes for anything from saving money and picking your dream destination to where to stay and more.
The following tips can help you get started, especially if you’re planning a trip for the first time.
Saving to Enjoy Yourself
The first thing you need to think about before going anywhere is money. Unfortunately, traveling isn’t free.
No matter where you’re headed, you need to make sure there are sufficient funds available so you don’t find yourself in an emergency.
You’ll want to have a travel fund where you put money in solely for taking trips. Just like a savings account, you can add a certain amount of money to your travel fund each paycheck.
For instance, if you get paid bi-weekly and put $50 into your travel fund each check, you’ll have $1,300 by the end of the year.
When you get spare change, add it to your travel fund. You can even wait until you fill up a piggy bank and put that money in. Some banks have machines where you can put your coins in, get a receipt, and the teller will give you the amount listed.
Another way to add to your travel fund is by selling items you don’t need. You can go through websites like eBay, Amazon and Craigslist or have a yard sale.
Whether you’re just starting your fund or want to keep adding to it, these are some methods that can help you take that dream vacation. Remember, every little bit adds up.
Planning Your Dream Getaway
There’s nothing wrong with a spontaneous road trip now and then, but when you’re taking a big trip to another country, it takes more than simply getting up and going.
You need to figure out when you want to go, how you’re going to get there, what airline you’ll take, where you’re going to stay, what activities you’re going to take part in, etc.
For everything, you also need to worry about cost. One of the ways you can save money when planning your trip is going with an all-inclusive location.
You’ll have your food, drinks and activities at that resort taken care of, and it can save you in the long run. You’ll even have money left over for souvenirs and a spontaneous stop or two.
Here are some tips that will help you plan your trip:
- Read travel guides.
- Get a passport if you don’t have one already.
- Obtain an international driving permit to be prepared for car rental businesses that require them.
- Pick out where you’re visiting.
- Compare airline and hotel rates. Costs may fluctuate based on when you take your trip
- If you have flyer miles available, use them. They’ll help save you some money.
- Fly coach. Just because you’re taking a trip doesn’t mean you always have to have the best seats, especially with a tight budget.
- Don’t plan so many activities that you can’t prepare for delays or close yourself off to seeing sights you come across.
- Make a list of all your valuables you’re bringing, just in case something happens.
- Be sure to have your medical needs taken care of. This includes being up to date with your checkups and making sure you have the right amount of prescription drugs for the duration of your trip.
Sleeping Arrangements to Fit Your Budget
One of the most important things you’ll need to think about is where you’re going to stay. If you’re going to several countries, you’ll need to find where you’re staying for each location.
You can talk to a travel agent and find out the necessary information for your trip. This is especially helpful when you’re traveling to a place outside of the country for the first time. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions you have. It’s their job to be informed about different countries people visit.
You can compare various hotels on websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor. Sometimes you even have the option of renting an apartment. This can be a cheaper option, especially if you’re staying for an extended amount of time. While it isn’t ideal for every trip, you may find it works for you.
Keep your options open when looking for accommodations and not booking the first place you find.
Planning Ahead Means a Better Trip
There are many factors to take into account when taking a trip, but having plans set ahead of time will make it more enjoyable and less stressful.
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