Planning a World Trip

Planning a World Trip

Are you day dreaming about a travel adventure to an exciting destination far away? Planning your big trip can be a lot of work, but it’s also quite thrilling to finally book those flights and start packing your bags!

If you are new to travel planning, there are a few things to learn. There are many details that you will need to arrange in advance when you are planning a trip, including buying flights and choosing the best time to go. Here are some important points that you should keep in mind when you are planning a big trip.

Choosing Your Destination

Choosing Your Destination

The first decision you will need to make is to choose where you want to travel. This will depend on what kind of experiences you want to have on your trip. If you are interested in art and culture, you might want to go somewhere with a lot of museums, art galleries and historical buildings such as Paris, London or Rome. If you love outdoor activities like hiking, skiing and canoeing, you will probably enjoy a destination like the Rocky Mountains in Canada, the Swiss Alps or New Zealand.

Also, your budget will have some impact on where you decide to go on your trip. If you have a small budget you will want to visit a country with a cheap cost of living, such as Thailand or Bolivia. Countries in the developed world such as Italy or Australia will be much more expensive. Another factor is how far away the destination is and how much time you have. It might not be worth flying all around the world for a two week getaway, but if you have a few months to travel you can consider going further afield.

Booking Flights

Booking Flights

Your flights are a major expense in your travel planning, so it is worth taking the time to shop around online and get a better deal. You can use a website such as Skyscanner to compare a range of different flights and find the best price. Skyscanner allows you to keep your dates flexible and show all of the options within an entire month. You just might discover that your flight is much cheaper if you fly on Wednesday instead of Saturday, so you can save if you are flexible with your travel dates.

Take your time – you don’t have to book the first flight you come across. Compare prices from several different airlines and consider flights with a short stopover – even though they are longer and less convenient they might save you a significant amount of money. There are many different airline comparison websites that you can use, including Expedia and Kayak.

Sometimes you can find cheaper flights by looking online on the right day of the week or the right time of day. Check back a few different times to see if the rates have changed. Also, there are flight comparison websites that will allow you to sign up for updates whenever the prices changes, so that you can always be looking for the cheapest deal.

Another tip is to consider flying into a cheaper nearby airport. Usually the airport that is busiest and biggest will have a greater selection of flights and you will be able to get a better deal. For example, if you are travelling to Manchester, England it might be cheaper to fly to London and then take the train to Manchester – since London is a bigger airport and a popular hub for international flights.

Choosing the Right Season

So now that you have chosen your destination and you are looking for flights, what time of year should you go on your travel adventure? Do some research online and find out what the “Peak Season” and the “Off Season” are for your travel destination.

Choosing the Right Season

The Peak Season is the time of year when the most tourists visit the destination. It is usually when the weather is the most pleasant, which is the main advantage of visiting during this time of year. Also, another perk of visiting during this season is that tour operators are likely to be in full swing and offering the best selection of activities. There might also be more festivals and events at this time of year.

However, there are some disadvantages to visiting during the peak season. During this time of year the cost of hotels will be much higher because they will be in high demand, as well as the cost for tours, restaurant meals, flights and other expenses. There will be many more crowds and you might find yourself waiting in line at the most popular attractions.

For these reasons, you might find it more advantageous to travel during the off season. The weather might not be as good, but you will find cheaper prices on hotels and flights and there will be fewer crowds. However, do some research into what things are like in your destination in the off season – you don’t want to go somewhere only to find out that most things are closed and nothing really happens during the slowest point of the year!

You might find that the best balance is during the “Shoulder Season” which is the time of the year between Peak Season and Off Season. During this time the weather can be still quite pleasant, while the crowds are still small and the prices are still affordable.

Making a Budget and Managing Your Money

The next step in your travel plans will be to figure out a budget for your trip. It is a good idea to estimate your travel budget in advance, so you can save up for your trip and avoid overspending. In order to estimate your budget, do some research into your destination online to find out how much the average hotel room costs as well as how much you can expect to spend on food each day.Multiply this amount by the number of days on your trip and you will have an idea of what your day to day expenses will be on your travels. Remember, it’s better to overestimate and have money left over than to underestimate and find yourself coming up short before your trip is over!

Making a Budget and Managing Your Money

Don’t forget to factor in the cost of expenses such as bus rides from one city to another as well as souvenirs, travel insurance, luggage and anything else you might need to buy before your trip. Of course, the cost of your flight will need to be added to your total as well.

You will also need to think about how you will manage your money. In almost any location in the world you will be able to withdraw money from the ATM. However, check with your bank in advance to find out what charges you will incur for international withdrawals – you don’t want to be surprised with expensive fees!

Safety Concerns for Your Destination

Another important factor that you will need to consider is your safety. Before you go on your trip, make sure that you are aware of the particular safety concerns that are associated with your destination.

Do an internet search for “Common Tourist Scams in (Your Destination)” so that you can learn about what scams you should watch out for. When you are well informed about the dangers of your destination you will be better able to protect yourself.

Make sure that you know in advance about how to find the safest forms of transportation. How do you tell the difference between a legitimate taxi company and a scam company? Educate yourself in advance so that you will not be ripped off when you arrive at your destination.

Always buy travel insurance! It might seem like an unnecessary expense, but you will be glad that you have it if something goes wrong.

Travel Insurance

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It is also a good idea not to bring along any expensive jewellery and accessories. You don’t want to make yourself a target for thieves. When you are walking on the street carry just the cash you need and keep any electronics in a secure bag that is carried over both shoulders.

These are just a few things that you can keep in mind when you are planning your world trip! Planning a trip is a lot of work, but when you get everything organised and you head off on your adventure all of your planning will be absolutely worth it! Enjoy every minute of your travel experience, you have earned it!

Date posted: 19th March, 2015

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