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Planning Your Next Trip: My Top Tips

Is there anything more exciting than planning a trip? I don’t think there is! Traveling and exploring and making memories are some of the best things you can do with your life. My tips aim to help you have the most amazing trips without spending your life savings!

Make a List of Places You’d Like to Go

Start by making a list of places you think you’d like to go. Do your research so you know exactly what you can do there and if the place really appeals to you – it might be different to the way you imagine it. You should then get an idea of where you’d most like to go next.

Decide The Length

You might like to go away for just a weekend, a week, or even a month. By deciding on the length of the trip, you’ll be able to make your plans more actionable. Rather than just saying ‘I’m going to Europe’, you can say ‘I’m going to Italy for 2 weeks’. Then you’ll know how much you can plan and how much you need to save.

Do Your Research

Do your research on the place you’re traveling to, any necessities you need to take, and more. Will you need to dress differently? Will it help to speak the language? Is there anywhere you must visit? Research will help you to decide all of this.

Save as Much as Possible

Save as much as you can for your trip so money isn’t an issue. You could even sell some of your unwanted things on eBay or another site, or even at a yard sale. This will allow you to do something exciting, go somewhere special, and even book luxury accommodation on a site like Every little will help!

Consider Booking a Last Minute Deal

Last minute deals can be the best deals, but you need to snap them up quick. If you have the ability to be flexible, then do so!

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Make a List of Big Activities

Make a list of big activities you’d like to do. This doesn’t count if you want a relaxing break, but it’s nice to plan some exciting things to do. You could do a skydive, go scuba diving, or explore the desert. There are a ton of things you could do depending on where you’re going.

Inform Your Bank

Tell your bank where you’re going and how long for; this will stop them from blocking your card. This will ruin your trip in ways you can’t imagine. You really don’t want to be left in the lurch!

Always Get Travel Insurance

You should never look at travel insurance as optional. Always get travel insurance, whether you’re relaxing or not. You never know what might happen, and you don’t want to lose any money because of an accident that could have been avoided. Be sensible!

Don’t Panic

Things don’t always go to plan, and there’s nothing you can do about that. Try not to let major issues stress you out. I know how hard it can be: I travel with a chronic illness and traveled across the country multiple times a year for college. If I can do it, then you can too!

Have an amazing time! 


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  • Reply The Girl who Loved to Write

    Last minute deals can be a gamble, but we've gone on some of our favorite trips ever due to last minute sales!

    March 26, 2015 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Rebekah @ The Straight Arrow

    This is such a helpful post! I'm going to Italy in a few weeks and I am constantly looking for more travel tips so I can be as prepared as possible!

    March 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Kay R.

    Great tips! Finding good deals is just the best thing ever when planning a trip!

    March 29, 2015 at 1:18 am
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