In a continuing effort to get out the door and plan a trip, we’ve created this step-by-step guide to planning a trip that breaks the process down so planning becomes easier and less overwhelming:
Step 1 – Decide Where You Want To Go
Defining where you want to go sets a goal to work toward. 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 Andaman” than “I’m going for a trip.” Not only will your trip become more concrete for you and easier to commit to, but it will make planning easier as well.
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 Andaman,” 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 simply buy a guidebook (which are really good for things like this).
If you are going to Andaman for 10 days and need Rs 2000 a day (not including your flight), you know you need to save Rs. 20,000 (though round up to Rs. 25,000 since it’s good to have extra) for your trip.
Now you have a concrete goal to work toward.
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 snack cosing, 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 Rs. 20,000 for the trip you’re taking in eight months, that means you only have to save Rs. 80 approx per day. Couldn’t you find a way to save approx Rs. 80 per day?
Step 5 – Book Your Flight
After you’ve used your travel credit card and received your sign-up bonus, use your miles to book your flight. It is harder to use miles these days due to less availability, so make sure to book early to insure you get your desired flight. There are still many ways to avoid being the person on the flight who paid the most.
Step 6 – Book Your Accommodation
If you have a set schedule, feel free to book accommodation for the duration of your trip, but if you are going to be traveling long-term, book just the first few days. Once you know the dates you’ll be in your destination, there is no real reason not to find a place to stay. My view is that waiting will just lead to you losing your top picks.
Step 7 – Plan Your Activities
Sketch out the major activities you want to enjoy and how much they cost. Make any last-minute adjustments to your savings so you can ensure you have enough money. This will also help you figure out if you need any reservations for your chosen tours or activities.
Step 8 – Pack
Time to pack for your trip! Make a checklist about what you need to carry as per your requirement. If you are a foreigner make sure you carry your passport with you. Dont forget to take medicines if you take it on regular basis.
Step 9 – Enjoy Your Trip
Go on your trip and have fun! Head to the airport, board your plane and enjoy the fruits of your labor. By using this post as a guideline, you can better organize and prepare for your trip. You’ll check all the boxes, not miss anything, and have plenty of money for your vacation. It can be as simple as booking a flight and packing or as complex as rearranging your entire life. But no matter your trip length, this list will help you stay organized as you prepare to step onto that plane and out into the world.