While we all love to travel and dream of taking world tour packages, the planning of trips often seems to be the hardest part. Here are some steps that will help you get started:
Get your documents ready:
Before you even think of international travel, make sure your passport is in order. Depending on your home country, this can take anywhere between a few weeks to several months, so make sure you have all your documents in order and apply for a passport as soon as possible. In case you already have your passport, check the expiry date. Make sure it is at least 6 months away, some countries actually deny visas to those with passports that are nearing their expiration date. If youre planning to rent cars make sure to check the license policy in different regions youd like to visit, and whether your driving license is considered to be valid in each place. Some places require you to have an international driving permit as well as a license, which you will need to apply for and obtain before you begin your trip.
Establish a budget:
This is one of the most essential steps while planning any kind of travel. Once you have your budget in place, you can choose your travel dates and individual destinations and create an itinerary that works well within your financial constraints. While some places are cheaper than others, there are lots of ways to travel to your dream destinations even within a limited budget, though you may have to skimp on certain luxuries. You can choose to travel off-season, pick budget accommodation, drop some expensive attractions and experiences from your itinerary, travel for fewer days, choose budget airlines and more. Creating a realistic budget saves you from the disappointment of making fantastic plans and then discovering you cant afford any of it after all.
Create a customised itinerary:
Once you have your documents in place, have established a budget and selected a place that suits both your pocket and travel goals, start in-depth research about the different destinations or destination you have chosen. While you will obviously have a fair idea of what the place has to offer, now is the time to truly get into the details. Find out about interesting attractions and experiences you could try there. What are the most popular tourist spots, which are the places that you absolutely should not miss, which are the places that are actually overrated and you can afford to leave out these are the questions you should be asking. Online travel forums are a great way to connect with seasoned travellers and locals who can provide authentic real-time information and tested tips that will serve you in good stead on your own trip. After you have a list of things to do and see, you can pick and choose according to what interests you. Just because a place has the best art museums, but you truly abhor anything to do with a museum, skip it. Instead select those sights and experiences that you would really enjoy, that fascinate you, and made you want to visit that destination in the first place. However make sure youre not stuck in a travel rut and your itinerary has a mix of nightlife, culture, adventure and new experiences as well. Travel is meant to broaden your horizons, after all.