Lately people have been asking how I plan my trips, of course this comes after the previous common question, how do I get so many days off? Well, it turns out it doesn’t take much but a few simple steps to travel across the earth. This might be a little similar to my female solo traveling post, but I’ll still go on. Hoping this will help you newbie travellers out there get started.
Pick a Place:
Usually, I keep a few places in mind and do my research about them accordingly. You want to know places you want to visit, nearby spots you want to see, the local cuisine you want to try and the number of days it will take you to do all of that, depending on your speed. Call a friend or a relative to get more recent information and keep all these details on your fingertips. Consider half the job done once you complete this step.
This is an important part of the process that I used to ignore, but luckily experience teaches you. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to drill a hole into your pocket either. You want to add the time factor too and check whether a train would be better or a flight or a combination of a bus, train, cab and flight. Similarly, you want to know the cost for your sightseeing, stay, etc. Hosteling is an economical option at many popular tourist spots, but if you just want to relax and enjoy, you could even go for a luxurious hotel.
Decide the Dates:
You need to know the best time to visit wherever you want to go. It is useful to know if things could work during an off season too. I always prefer mixing up compulsory holidays and leaves, so that I save my earned leaves for future vacations.
This step changes you from a dreamer to a doer. Its pretty simple if your dates and budget are falling in place, look for amazing deals and go ahead with your booking. Its better to book your travel first, then stay and so on… The most common apps I use are Booking.com, MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip and Ixigo. You may have your own preferences so choose according to your convenience.
This is equally critical as the other steps. Especially if you’re on a tight budget, you might want to carry a good number of necessary items like food, toiletries, etc. If you’re like me, you might find it more important to carry your spectacles too, so you can see the stars during your trek. You might want to look for some efficient techniques to pack (or read one of my previous posts).
So when the dates approach, go ahead and enjoy your time. There might be a few hurdles in between but keep your cool and get through it. You will have a great time.