Thursday 3 May 2018

7 Things Your Travel Planning Should Involve

Tourist taking photos image by LiskaM, thanks to Shutterstock
{This is a Collaborative post}

If you’re going to go travelling pretty soon, your planning should already be underway. If it’s not, what are you waiting for? The planning process is when you lay down all your plans and make sure that you’re ready for the adventure that currently lies ahead of you. There are so many different things that you have to give your attention to when you’re planning an exciting trip.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the planning that you still have to do though. It’s actually pretty simple to break down most of the important things that you have to do into seven simple categories. Each of these is as important as the one before it, so read on to learn all panning a successful trip. It’ll give you the impetus you need to start properly making your own plans.

1. How You’ll Travel Light
Packing as little as possible is a really good idea, especially if you’re going to be moving around a lot from place to place. Even if you’re not planning on doing that, it’s still a good idea to pack light because it makes the travel part of travelling a lot easier and less straining. Give some thought to this and be strict regarding what you need to take and what you really don’t need.

2. The Key Things You Want to Do
There might be a list of 100 different activities you want to fit into a week, but you know as well as I do that you’re not going to get all of those things done while you’re away. Rather than fooling yourself and then having regrets later, you should prioritise your list of key things you want to do. That way, you should be able to ensure you get the most important things done before moving onto the other less important activities. 

3. Exploring Away From the Beaten Path
It’s fun to get away from the beaten path when you’re visiting a place for the first time. If you confine your activities and days to the tourist traps, you will only see one particular side of the location, and it won’t be a particularly authentic or real one. So get out of the places everyone goes to and see more of what lies beyond the tourist traps. You might be surprised by what you find and you’ll see the real heart of the location.

Ibiza, Spain image by Andrzej Kubik, thanks to Shutterstock

4. Accommodation (and a Plan B)
You need to know where you’re going to be sleeping at night while you travel. This might sound like a basic thing, but plenty of people head out there and try to find a roof to put over their head on the fly. It’s not the wisest method though because it leads to you searching for a bed when you should be enjoying the location. Also, you should always have a plan B for your accommodation if there turns out to be a problem with your plan A.

5. Keeping Your Home and Possessions Safe While You’re Away
As well as planning out what you’re going to do when you’re at your destination, you should also think about what you’re going to do before you leave to keep your possessions safe. If you don’t do this, you might regret it later if your home gets broken into and your things get stolen. It’s worth heading to Safestore if you want to get some of your things looked after for you while you’re away.

6. Your Own Personal Safety
When all’s said and done, there’s nothing that’s more important to you than your own personal safety. So always be careful when you’re exploring places you don’t really know much about, and be careful who you trust. You should also avoid constantly publishing your location on social media because that allows people to follow you.

7. Transportation and How You’ll Get Around
Getting from home to your destination is the first thing you need to get sorted ahead of your travels, but what about the other forms of transportation you’re going to have to use too? Navigating an unfamiliar town or city can be difficult, and many people struggle if they don’t research transport options and learn about them in advance.

Travel can be really exhausting, but that’s all part of the fun. What should be even more exhausting and exhaustive is the planning process. Sure, it might not be quite as fun, but that doesn’t mean you can afford to cut any corners because that will only lead you into unnecessary problems later on. Take your time to research all the options and enjoy a bit of wanderlust looking are other peoples photos. Happy travelling!

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