We all agree that travelling is fun, and it is the best way to relax. You even get to make new friends, and in some cases, make new business contacts. Unfortunately, there are some cases where it can easily overwhelm you. However, with proper planning, you can actually make travelling fun, and even save money while doing it.
In that regard, we have listed 10 tips that you may use to plan your trip to make it easy:
1. Picking Your Destination
If you are travelling for pleasure, you need to pick your destination based on your budget, interests, and the time you have to spare. If you barely have more than three days, you should not spend over a day travelling to and from your destination. That will not only waste your time, but it will make you feel like you barely enjoyed the trip. In such a case, the time you spend on the actual journey should be about 6 hours at most, which means 3 hours of travelling to the destination, and 3 hours coming back.
2. Make Early Bookings
The best time to book a flight and accommodation is days before your actual date of travel. If you can do it a month or even two months earlier, that will be great as well. However, you need to know what you are required to do to cancel your reservation. Most travel agencies will help you book for a plane ticket as well as a place to stay, and give you a discount as well. To receive the discount, you may need to use their discount code when booking your flight or even a place to stay once you get to your preferred destination.
3. Apply Your Visa Early
You need to apply your visa some months before the actual date you plan to travel. A few countries will process your visa on arrival or weeks before your date of travel. Others require that you make your applications 2 to three months earlier. That will give them ample time to do all background check and verify your details.
4. Departure Fees
Some countries require you to pay some departure fees before you board a flight. The fee usually applies to domestic as well as international flights. A good example is Peru, where you pay about $5 for a domestic flight, and $31 for an international flight. Other countries have an agreement with airlines whereby, they include the fee in the ticket price. Such is the case with the US and several other countries.
5. Travel Route
You will often find that not all routes will cost you the same. You may find that there are connecting flights on one route and an express flight on another route. Apart from paying more in such cases, you will also feel inconvenienced. With that in mind, it is best to do some research before you travel and find the shortest and most convenient route for you.
You need to find out what kinds of vaccinations are essential to your travel destination. Talk to your health professional and if possible, talk to the Embassy in your destination. Some countries make some vaccinations a visa requirement.
7. Things to Do and See
You need to make a list of all things you plan to see and do when you get to your destination. You can research from a relevant travel blog about the best places to visit.
8. Accessing Your Money
You will need your money to do anything worthwhile once you get to your destination. If you can carry your MasterCard, American Express Card, as well as a Visa card, you will lower the chances of being unable to access your money.
9. Know the Visa Requirements
As you apply for your Visa, do further research and read all documentations provided. Not fulfilling your Visa requirement can really mess with your travel arrangements.
10. Pack Smart
Packing should not give you a headache when traveling. Pack your essential documents and some clothes in your carry-on. That way, you will have all the essentials you need, if your check-in luggage does not arrive on time. With your Debit and Credit Cards at hand, you can buy anything else you need urgently at your destination.
Following an itinerary during your trip will make it easy to keep track of what you intended to do and see. However, you will not be able to enjoy the trip if you missed to pack all the basics that you planned to use such as a binoculars. Moreover, failing to pack items such as your credit and debit means you can easily get stranded at the airport. We hope that you found this article to be informative and you will have fun on your next trip.
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