One of my 2016 goals is to make sure I travel a lot more, even if it’s just exploring my own country. As I was sitting down to make some exciting travel plans for 2016, I thought other people may be doing the same thing. So I decided to write some tips for those wanting to travel but don’t know where to begin.
Decide how long you have to travel.
The first thing you want to do is work out how long you want to travel for, be it 3 days, two weeks, 6 months or even a year or two. Realistically work out how much time you can devote to travel based around your work and personal commitments.
Decide where you want to go.
Once you know how long you want to be travelling for, you’re going to want to decide where you want to go. Find a place that makes sense for the length of time you have available. For example, if you have only three days off work, you’re not going to go to Australia but you would be able to fit in a three-day city break to somewhere like Rome or Barcelona. Research different places that match your needs, such as weather or activities. A great place to get inspiration is LonelyPlanet.com
Work out the cost.
The next thing to do is to decide how you want to live while you’re away. Are you going to be travelling on a budget staying in hostels or couch surfing or are you going to be living in luxury with spas and room service? Realistically work out what you can afford and what you would be able to handle for an extended period of time. Hostels aren’t for everyone and that’s OK!
Now comes the hard part. Save money. Once you have a rough idea of how much your trip is going to cost you, it’s time to start saving. The best place to start is sit down with you bank statement and see if there’s anywhere you can cut back on spending. Stop with the Starbucks trips and make coffee at home, cancel you TV package and just watch Netflix, sell your unwanted stuff on eBay or get a part-time job and put all of that money into savings.
Plan your activities
Depending on where you’ve decided to travel to, there may be a list of activities on your bucket list you’re going to want to do. Research these activities and total up the cost to do all of them. Save enough money and put it to one side to make sure you’re not missing out by unexpected costs popping up. Plus, you may find it cheaper to book online in advance.
Book your flight
Saving money on flights is a pretty big priority when planning travel. The best thing you can do is to be flexible with your travel dates. Flights are often much cheaper during the week, early in the morning, late at night or after a major holiday. Research multiple dates in order to get the cheapest possible flight. To get the best price on your flight, aim to book 6-8 weeks before you want to leave.
Again, this goes back to deciding how you want to travel. If you want to stay in one place for a couple of months, Airbnb may be your best bet when looking for somewhere to stay. Couchsurfing is also a great for budget travel and gives you a chance to connect with people from all over the world. However, if you’re looking for a hotel, prices fluctuate a lot less than flights do, so it’s going to be about comparing sites to find the best deal.
Alternatively, Get the whole package
Sometimes, life gets chaotic and just letting a reliable company plan the whole thing for you just make sense. Some amazing deals can be found by booking the flights, hotel and even COVID testing packages all together. First Choice is a great option to browse all of their holiday package options.
Get Travel Insurance
If you’re one of those silly people that think you’re invincible, well I’m here to tell you, you’re not. It’s so important to get travel insurance. Insurance isn’t just for your health, but also covers you when your technology breaks, your flight is cancelled or your need to make an emergency trip home. World Nomads is a great one!
And lastly, Enjoy! Are any of you planning any travel for 2016? Let me know your plans down below!
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