13 Tips to Help Plan Your Trip

It’s always good to read about amazing far-flung places or watch mesmerizing videos of travelers on YouTube. You feel energized and want to hit the road immediately! However, even if you know you want to travel, you may not know how to start planning your adventure.

Most of the time people will settle for the somewhat predictable all-inclusive resort holiday. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’d like something more exotic, a little off the beaten track, you’ll need to make an effort.

So how exactly do you plan your trip?

1. What’s your budget?

This is possibly the most important question you need to ask yourself. The amount of money you have access to will greatly influence the type of trip you plan to have. $500 dollars can get you to one point, but $3,000 can get you much farther!

Your experiences will also be different depending on how expensive they are. If you don’t like backpacking and staying at hostels, for instance, then you’ll need more money to afford hotels and resorts. Additionally, if you plan to visit all the major attractions, you have to remember to budget for that.

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2. How long are you away for?

There’s no point in dreaming about visiting Japan, if you only have four days of holidays – depending on where you live, the flight alone is over 12 hours! Basically, if you don’t have a lot of time, you’re probably better off traveling to a place close by.

However, if you have more than two weeks, then the possibilities are vast and it’s just a matter of picking and choosing. With more time, you can also decide whether you’d like to really get to know one country or if it’s better to split it between two or three countries.

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3. Where do you want to go?

The million-dollar question! It’s not up to us to decide it for you, as it’s a deeply personal choice. A destination can be just a point on the map, but also, it can be the place where you’ll learn more about your past and ancestors.

Maybe you’re a Harry Potter aficionado and dream of visiting the United Kingdom? Or you were always interested in ancient civilizations and can’t wait to walk around Machu Picchu? At the end of the day, you know what’s best for yourself!

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