Monday, July 27, 2015

11 Easy Steps for Planning Your Perfect Trip

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Someone asked me, “How did you planned your trip?” then I just smiled.

Planning a trip can be an overwhelming chore. All the preparations always goes ahead of time. And when you are well prepared, you always have a smooth and more satisfying experience. They say that too much planning can make a trip so predictable to the extent that you will not going to enjoy your trip. But for me, I prefer to be prepared than sorry.

When I started planning our first trip, I am clueless. I don’t know where to begin, what the first step is, where to stay, what to bring and not to bring, and how much money will be needed. But now that I have successfully planned our first domestic trip, I want to share the steps and some tips on how to plan your perfect trip.

Step 1: Decide where you want to go. 


Planning your perfect trip
Decide where you want to go. 


A lot of people talk vaguely about travel. They just said that they are going, but never say when they are going. Picking a destination is really important because it gives you a definite goal. It’s a lot easier to visualize that “I am going to Davao” than “I’m going to Mindanao.” Your trip will not only become more concrete for you and easier to commit to, but also will make planning easier as well.

Step 2: Research about your destination. 
Planning your perfect trip
Research about your destination
When I was young, the only thing I know about Davao is their famous Durian fruit. And what to see? Just the Philippines Eagle. Haha! I didn't know that there are lots of things that I can do there and lots of a must see places. So it is very important to make a research so you will know what to expect when you get there. Internet can help you on this. There are lots of websites and blogs out there. Everything that you need to know like climate, tourist spots, activities, foods, accommodations and even price information that you need. Just don't forget to list down the tourist spots that you want to visit.

Step 3: Decide the length of your trip. 
You need to decide how long you will stay in your destination to figure out how much does it cost you to travel. For budget travelers, you can already explore your destination within 3 days. And remember that there is always time to come back.

Step 4: Start saving. 
Planning your perfect trip
Start saving
You know how much you need to get in your destination and how much would be your expenses, now it’s time to start saving. In saving money, it is ideal to write down all your current expenses so that you can determine where your money goes and how to cut expenses. 


Planning your perfect trip
Cut your expenses
When I was living in Manila, I learned to cook. I cooked a large dinner and then enjoyed the leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day. So I cook more and eat out less, thus I saved more money and I traveled sooner.

Step 5: Book your flight.
Planning your perfect trip
Book your flight
If you are not in a hurry to travel and you have limited budget, you could wait for promo fares. You could follow the airlines pages like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia Zest so that you will be updated to their promo. The good thing about it is that you can avail cheap airfare at the same time you can save money while waiting for your flight. 

Step 6: Book your accommodation. 

If you already have a set schedule, find an accommodation for the duration of your trip. There are sites that offer the best rates for accommodation like Agoda, TravelBook, and Hotels.com. If you’re on a budget, book on a homestay or hostel which is cheaper than hotels. Remember that you only need a place where you can sleep after your day tour. So it doesn't need to be expensive. You just need a cheap but comfortable place. Accommodations have their standard check-in time. So always get the contact number of your accommodation you can inform them in case you encounter delayed flights.

Step 7: Plan your activities. 
Planning your perfect trip
Plan your activities
List the major activities that you want to enjoy and how much it will cost you. This will help you  to make any adjustments to your savings so you can ensure that 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 your things. 
Planning your perfect trip
Pack your things
Since you have your research, you should probably know what to bring like clothes, toiletries, small medical kit, and gears. Bring only a small backpack so you won’t tempt to overpack.

Step 9: Download travel apps.
Planning your perfect trip
Download travel apps
Make sure to download travel apps before leaving. The recent establishments of travel blogs and mobile apps makes it easier for travelers to plan any vacation that they intend to do. All you have to do is go online and learn to how travel into places. This will help you while roaming around your destination.

Step 10: Have mobile internet subscription
Planning your perfect trip
Have mobile internet subscription
Delayed flights is not new. So better have mobile internet subscription. This can save you from boredom while waiting for your flight.

Step 11: Enjoy your trip.
Planning your perfect trip
Enjoy your trip
Go get you bag. Don't forget your ID's and passport. Board on the plane. Have fun with your trip and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Traveling does not have to mean spending a fortune. You just need to be practical and you can go wherever you want.

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