I love to travel, there’s no denying that. There is nothing quite like the idea of going away, stepping foot on white sandy beaches, experiencing historical sights, feeling inspired, motivated, relaxed, excited. And much much more. It can give you all of the emotions, and it can certainly help you gain a lot of perspective on life.
I understand that people love travel, but their idea of enthusing such passions can vary. Some people will travel several times a year, regularly tricking places off their bucket lists and subsequently adding to it as well. There will be people that are enthralled with other areas of their lives as well as a love for travel, so perhaps go once a year, or not as frequent. Then, there are some that like the idea of travel, but perhaps don’t see it as a main priority in their lives. We all get different things from it.
However, the one thing I find intriguing is the process. Often it’s overlooked, but I feel it can be just as exciting as the travel aspect. It’s very much apart of the whole experience. I wanted to share with you some of the things that happen from the idea of going on a trip to the implementation and physically arriving there. If anything, it may get you more enthused about the planning side, as well as the actual travel bit.
The idea, where should you go?
The first thing to do when it comes to vacation dreaming and planning is actually figuring out where you want to go. This is when your bucket list can come into play. Take a look at it, remember you don’t need to save it for when you are in your retirement years or you are older. When it comes to the destination you also need to think about who you are traveling with, and what sort of accommodation you might need/want. Take time to think about what you want from this trip. Do you want something where you are doing things each day, or do you want to relax and enjoy good weather? Having your priorities in order will help you decide on where to go. Part of the fun is considering all of the places you could go, it’s a big world out there!
When will you go?
Once you have your destination set, then the next thing to think about is when you might want to go. This might have a lot to do when you can actually take the time to go. Perhaps you can only have time off in your job at certain times of the year. Or children mean that you need to consider vacations during school holidays. You may even base your decision on when is the best time to go in terms of sunshine versus rain. The internet is great for advice on this and there are tonnes of forums where people share their suggestions and tips.
How will you pay for the trip?
You also need to think about how you will pays for the trip? If you’re heading away on something that is classed as a big vacation, or quite expensive, then you may want to try and get your finances in order before hand. Or perhaps use something like installment loans if your credit isn’t so great, which gives you the option of paying back the trip over a period of time. Credit cards are also really handy when it comes to paying for trips. You get the added extra protection and refund guarantees in case of cancellation or issues(Use credit cards wisely though my friends).
What do you plan to do when you get there?
Now that you have the basics sorted, you can start to plan you trip and exactly what you want to do. Many people like going away just to spend time on the beach relaxing, whereas others like to ensure they really see a place and take in all of the sights(i’m exactly the latter). Take the time to plan you vacation, even if it’s just where you are going to eat in the evening. Not only does it help you make the most of your time there, but it also adds to the excitement beforehand, as you start to research what you could do and when.
Packing can be a big problem for some, especially if you are traveling lightly or with just hand luggage. It’s taken me years to master the fine art of packing light! So ensure you take the time to consider your packing. A great tip is to plan your outfits and you can do this around your plans that you will have already made. Pack versatile items, that you can mix and match day or night. It helps you to only pack what you need and to also add to the fun as you start to really get involved with the final details of your trip.
The little things that can get forgotten
Surprisingly, no matter how well planned you think you have your trip, there will be bound to be things that you have forgotten. For example, have you worked out how your plan to get to the airport or the port? Have you planned how you will get to the accommodation where you are staying once you arrive in the different country? What about getting from one place to another? Do you need a rental car? Is there decent public transport links or taxi options?
These tend to be the things that can get forgotten, but they can also add unneeded stress on your journey and trip. There is no harm in meticulously planning how you are going to do things. Even if you don’t plan to leave your hotel or the beach, you still need to know how you are going to get there. Doing this ahead of time helps you to stay in control, relaxed, so you can enjoy the whole trip rather than letting small things dampen your spirit. Personally, i like to plan trips but leave some aspects unplanned for added spontaneity and randomness.
I hope that this has you ready and excited to book your next trip away. Why not tell me where you plan on going in the comments?