How do you go about planning an exciting new trip?
This part of the travel experience is a tricky step for many people.
You’ve got hours and hours of internet research to get through – narrowing down and picking out the best flight tickets and accommodation deals.
Not to mention, there’s all the boring stuff like travel insurance, and the visa process – which could be a long, drawn out process in depending on where you’re travelling to.
And, you’ve got to figure out exactly how much this trip is gonna cost.
You’ve got to plan your daily routine and itineraries – what will you see and do?
You’ll want to make sure you’ve added the BEST activities/landmarks etc. to your itinerary, and that you’re not wasting any precious time or missing out during your trip.
But there’s more:
You’re gonna need to be meticulous and include every single expense – every meal of every day, every beer or coffee.
Will you be fully prepared for the climate? If it’s a hot place – you’ll need your sunblock, shades, hat, mosquito repellent, tiger balm, etc. BEFORE you go.
Aftersun costs an absolute fortune abroad, and you’ll be forced to buy some if you forgot to pack yours.
Will you be using public transport? or hiring a car? You’ve got to put aside money for gifts perhaps, and you’ll definitely need a contingency plan.
Oh and you’ll need a SIM card on arrival too!
Happiness Is Planning An Adventure
I read somewhere that it’s scientifically proven that planning a vacation increases happiness, even if you don’t actually GO on the trip!
So even if you aren’t ready to go yet, or are having financial difficulties that means changing plans, you can still enjoy the process of planning a trip, until the time comes when you’re ready to put it to action!
In all honesty, it doesn’t need to be difficult at all.
In fact, with time and patience, planning your brand new trip – whether its a weekend getaway or a three-month backpacking adventure, should always be an enjoyable experience – just keep it nice and simple.
Here’s my FREE printable Vacation Planner Checklist PDF to help you plan your vacation up to a year in advance.