Exciting World Travels – Here Are Steps To Plan Your Adventure
Step 1 – Decide Where You Want To Go
Defining where you want to go sets a goal to work towards. A lot of people talk vaguely about travel. They never say where they are going, just that they are going. Picking a destination is immensely important as it gives you a definite goal. It’s a lot easier to mentally get behind “I am going to Paris” than “I’m going to Europe.”
Step 2 – Decide the Length of Your Trip
How much does it cost to travel? I have no idea without knowing for how long you’re going away. You can’t figure out how much you need to save if you haven’t decided on how long you’ll be in your destination. After you say “I’m going to Paris,” add “for 10 days.”
Step 3 – Research Your Costs
So you know where you’re going and how long you’ll be there, but to really nail down how much money you need, your next task is to research the costs in your destination at the style of travel you want. Do you want to backpack, or would you rather stay in luxury hotels? How much are hostels, hotels, restaurants, and attractions? Knowing will allow you to estimate how much money you’ll need for your trip. You can begin with my destination section or simply buy a guidebook (which are really good for things like this).
If you are going to Paris for 10 days and need $75 a day (not including your flight), you know you need to save $750 (though round up to $800 since it’s good to have extra) for your trip.
Now you have a concrete goal to work towards.
Step 4 – Start Saving Money
Time to start saving! Write down all your current expenses so you can determine where you are spending money and how you can cut back. People bleed a lot of money every day through small purchases – that bottle of water, the dollar for that snack, that extra coffee. All of that adds up and creating this breakdown can let you know where you need to cut and save.
For example, if you need $2,000 USD for the trip you’re taking in 8 months, that means you only have to save $8.33 per day. Couldn’t you find a way to save $8 per day? Heck, your daily coffee is most of that! Here are three easy tips that produce big wins:
- Cut the coffee – That daily coffee costs you $120 per month ($4 per coffee). An extra $1,440 per year pays for two months in Southeast Asia! What’s more important – your daily cup of Joe or getting to spend two more months enjoying the beaches of Thailand or exploring the jungles of Borneo?
- Learn to cook – I learned to cook while in college (a skill that has helped me ever since) and before I left on my big trip, I cut down on eating out to two times per week. I cooked a large dinner and then enjoyed the leftovers for lunch the next day, thus saving more money. Cook more, eat out less, and travel sooner.
- Get rid of cable – In the age of Hulu and free (and legal) streaming TV, there’s no reason for you to be spending $50 USD per month on cable television.
You can read this post for more in-depth and creative ways to cut your day-to-day expenses:
Step 5 – Stay Focused and Inspired For Your Trip
Keep feeding your desire to travel. Here are some inspiring articles:
Step 6 – Check for Last-Minute Deals
Okay, you’re inspired, prepared, and on your way to saving money for your trip. But before you go buy that flight or book that hotel, check for deals you might have missed. You may dream of Paris but maybe there are great deals to Berlin right now. Maybe you can get a 7 day cruise for 70% off, a package deal to Hawaii for the price of your flight to Paris, or 50% off sailing trips around Greece.
Step 7 – Book Your Flight
* Solidify your travel dates. Oftentimes, advance booking will ensure that you will get to choose from a variety of routes and the most affordable fares.
* Start checking up on fares early. Even if you only have a general idea of when the air travel will take place it is a good idea to start shopping around. If you plan on flying during a major break period such as Christmas or New Year, the proximity of your travel date to the hectic, heavy traffic days can affect your chances of being bumped, missing a flight or just having an unpleasant travel experience.
* Check reliable travel websites. Most travel sites operate in a similar manner. They will prompt you to enter a destination and a specific date of travel. A list will be generated showing results across a number of different airlines. The results can usually be organized by price. Price may be affected by a number of variables including the number of stops made, the destination or departure airport and the proximity to the date of travel.
* Another option is to contact an airline directly. If you have an airline that you prefer you can book tickets online in much the same manner as on any of these travel websites. The disadvantage of this method is that you won’t be able to compare prices or routes across different airlines.
* The booking itself will require a valid credit card and you will be prompted to enter the credit card number and expiration date in the payment section. You will also be asked for pertinent personal information such as a full name, address and possibly, a passport number for international travel. Make sure you remember to bring the credit card used to pay for your reservation to the airport with you! You may be asked to produce the credit card if the reservation is irretrievable or to prove identity.
- You will most likely be asked if you’d like an e-mail confirmation to be sent to you. Choose to generate this e-mail confirmation because it will come in handy should you need to reference the details of your reservation. In addition, an e-mail confirmation can be printed and used at airport self-service kiosks for check-in. This step will save you the time and irritation of standing in long queues.
Step 8 – Book Your Accommodation
- Decide on type of accommodation. Is it a hotel, campsite, hostel, dorm, B and B . Does it fit the travel budget? Is there any extra cost to having kids share a room? What type of room is needed? Are you ok with dorms? Need room cleaned everyday? All are questions that should be answered when renting a hotel room.
- Find deals major travel sites like Travelocity, Priceline, Kayak.com, HostelWorld.com etc. You can even compare hotels and hostels within each site by checking the box next to hotels you like and then compare the prices. This way, you will have page view of three hotels side-by-side that you can also print for later review. Some hotels do not include free Internet, breakfast etc.
- Check on reviews of the places from hostelworld, tripadvisor, travbuddy or even yelp. Most of these reviews are very truthful always accurate.
- Call the accommodation directly. While you may get a better deal on discount travel web sites, they probably won’t tell you about exclusive special deals. Make sure you politely ask if they have discounts, and they will tell you if they have or no
- Ask the staff any questions you might have when making the accommodation reservation. If you get it done now, you won’t get frustrated later. You may need to ask about parking, pets, smoking, if it is on a steep hill, curfew. If credit cards are accepted.
- When you make your reservation. Always print out the confirmation and keep the reservation number with you all the time.
Step 9 – Plan Your Activities
• Prioritizes your sightseeing activities
• Outlines how you will spend your time each day
- Creates efficiencies in how your time and money is spent
• the internet
• guide books
• travel magazines
• newspaper articles
- talking with people who have been to your destination
Each Destination Can have a selection of region specific fun. An example is Costa Rica is popular for white water rafting and ziplines. While somewhere like Morocco will give you opportunity to ride in the desert on a camel. The options can be endless.
Step 10 – Tell Everyone Where You Are Going
Hire someone to watch your house and pets if no one else can. Tell your workplace so you make sure you have time off and all work assignments are taken care of.
Now You Get Direct Booking For Your Next Travel Adventure.
Step 11 – Tell Your Credit Card Companies and Bank You’re Traveling
* Informing your credit card company isn’t required, but it makes things a lot easier for you. With identity fraud so prevalent now, a lot of credit card companies are proactively working
to combat it by blocking transactions they think are unauthorized.
While this is great for people whose cards have been compromised by fraudulent purchases, it can be really annoying when you are the only person using your card (and this can happen even in your own country).
Letting the credit card company know about your travels will forewarn it that purchases from that country are not fraudulent, so you don’t get declined
Step 12 – Pack For Trip
* Can be quite a simple task as it seems. Or complicated depending how you think about it. More less become a light packer. Keep it simple. Leave all the expensive stuff at home.
Reasons to buy travel insurance
1. Your flight has been cancelled.
2. Your bags are lost and your medication is in it. You need to have an emergency prescription filled.
3. Your passport and wallet are stolen, and you need emergency cash and a replacement passport.
4. You’re involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. You need medical evacuation.
5. You need to cancel your trip due to illness.
6. Your cruise line, airline or tour operator goes bankrupt. You need your non-refundable expenses covered and to get to your destination.
7. You have a medical emergency in a foreign country.
8. A terrorist incident occurs in the city where you’re planning to visit and you want to cancel your trip.
9. A hurricane forces you to evacuate your resort, hotel or cruise.
Travel insurance exists to protect a traveller’s investment in their journey and ensure they don’t lose out, and get medical help, if things go wrong. Whether you lose your luggage or have it stolen, get Delhi belly or tick-borne encephalitis, you need to know you can get help (without a stiff medical bill at the end of it). And that’s where insurers come in.
Now You are ready to depart. All your main steps are covered Your adventure awaits. Let us know how it all went when you get home!