Planning a trip can be overwhelming. You plan where you’re going, what to pack, how much it will cost. And that’s just for one person! If you plan a group trip or have children in tow, the list of considerations just grows exponentially longer.
The good news is that there are some important steps every traveler should take before they set out on their journey: from finding the right time of year to plan your vacation around weather patterns to picking up travel insurance so your family is protected in case things go wrong.
In this article we’ll cover 8 tips for planning an unforgettable adventure from start to finish so you don’t miss anything important along the way.
1. Look for the Best Time of Year to plan a Trip
In order to plan a trip, you need to know the best time of year for your destination. Here are some tips on finding out when is the best time of year for your destination:
– Check with a travel agent or tour operator.
– Search online for “best times to visit
– Ask locals like hotel staff, taxi drivers, restaurant owners, museum attendants etc. They’ll have plenty of insight as they work there all year long!
2. Check your Insurance Coverage before You plan a Trip
If you plan on traveling by air, plan to check your insurance coverage before you head out. Most people think that their health and auto insurance will cover them if something bad happens while they’re away from home, but this is often not the case.
If you’re traveling within Canada or the United States then chances are good that your health plan will cover medical expenses incurred outside of your province or state. However, international travel is a different story altogether; in most cases it won’t be covered at all because of restrictions imposed by provincial governments. The same goes for automobile collision and comprehensive coverage: these typically aren’t valid when driving abroad unless you buy an extra plan or get permission from your insurer ahead of time (which may come with a hefty price tag).
3. Plan the Right Transportation for your Trip
As you plan your trip, it is important to plan the right transportation. If you are traveling by car, plan for gas stations, parking and tolls. You can also plan ahead of time where you will stop for food or drinks on the way if necessary. If flying into your destination city, then plan on how to get from the airport to your hotel or rental property.
A taxi is usually the best option if it’s available at your arrival terminal but sometimes renting a car may be more convenient than waiting in line for one at peak times like after midnight when they can be scarce. It’s always better to have pre-booked transport before arriving so that you know what options are available and don’t waste precious time once there trying to plan something at the last minute.
If you plan on taking public transport such as buses and trains, plan your route and which stations to depart from and arrive at so that you can plan your trip accordingly. The earlier you plan your mode of transportation the better because if using mass transit systems it is good to purchase tickets ahead of time or plan out your route in order to avoid standing in long lines or buying tickets at the last minute.
4. Select a Trip Accommodations with your Style and Needs in mind
The most important aspect of selecting accommodations is to plan with your style and needs in mind.
There are many different types of trip styles, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for before booking anything. For example, if you plan on having a lot of downtime, then the hotel may be better than an Airbnb or Hostel that requires more planning outside of just checking in. If you plan on doing lots of activities during your stay then maybe an AirBnB is best as they typically allow more freedom than hotels do. Make sure to check reviews too! It can be hard to tell if the place will work for you without reading reviews from people who stayed there already.
5. Plan your Trip Itinerary
Planning your itinerary is the key to making sure you don’t miss anything. When planning your trip, plan ahead and plan for everything! You need to make a plan with all of the things you want to do on your vacation. Make sure that your plan includes at least one activity per day, including some free time in between activities so that you can rest and eat. For example, if each day of your trip includes an early morning tour followed by lunch then another tour in the afternoon followed by dinner, try not to schedule any tours back-to-back during this time period when it is likely you will be tired from touring all day.
Make sure that after breakfast each morning before going out for the first round of activities that you plan your day by looking at a map of your destination, marking your planned activities and seeing how much walking between sites you will have to do. It is likely that in planning out this plan, you will find free time periods where you can take lots of pictures without feeling too rushed. If the group tends to get tired quickly or doesn’t walk very much, plan in some extra rest stops or plan shorter hours with fewer activities.
6. Research the Trip Activities You’re Going to Participate in or Attend
If you plan on participating in or attending any activities while on your trip, it is important to research these activities before the day of. This will help to ensure that you have everything you need and know where each activity will be hosted ahead of time.
The following are some helpful tips for researching the activities:
1) Research what kind of clothing would be appropriate for the activity to make sure you pack accordingly. For example, if it’s a water sport like surfing, plan to bring a bathing suit and sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher protection. If it’s an outdoor concert, plan to wear layers so that you’re not too hot during the daytime hours but warm enough at night when temperatures drop.
2) Find out how much the activity costs. If you plan on attending a paid event, plan to bring cash as some activities may not accept credit cards. Read the fine print of the event listing to find out how much food or drinks cost at the activity. You can plan to bring money for these items ahead of time so that you’re not stuck paying more than expected.
7. Plan the Right Clothing for Your Trip
When it comes to packing for your trip, one of the most important considerations is what clothes you plan on wearing.
But there are a few things you should keep in mind when selecting which clothes to take and how many will be needed.
It’s always best to pack more than less as we can’t predict what might happen or run into an unplanned stop that requires different clothing options. If this does happen, then having extra clothes with us would be ideal so we don’t have to purchase them at an expensive price tag from the airport shop.
It’s also a good idea to bring comfortable shoes with us as well because those who plan on doing a lot of walking may need these too since their feet will probably hurt after a while.
8. Learn about the Local Customs of Your Trip Destination
In order to plan a trip, you need to learn about the local customs of your destination. If you plan on visiting any of these countries: Japan, France, China, Greece or Brazil- plan ahead and be prepared for some cultural differences.
In Japan: Dressing well is important and it’s considered impolite not to wear shoes in homes or temples. It’s also rude to blow your nose in public so keep tissues handy!
In France: Be aware that unlike many other Western cultures, the French don’t find eye contact uncomfortable and may even see it as an insult if you avoid looking into their eyes when speaking with them. You should never put your hands in your pockets when talking with someone else because this is a sign of arrogance.
In China: Keep your elbows off the table and eat with chopsticks. It’s also best to avoid burning incense as this is a funerary tradition that can be seen as disrespectful or insulting.
In Greece: Be aware that the Greeks really don’t appreciate being touched by strangers, so plan on keeping your distance.
In Brazil: Avoid criticising the country, its food or the people. Even if you plan to visit Brazil for only one day, plan accordingly and learn about some Brazilian customs beforehand!
Similarly, if you’re planning to travel to some other countries, you should research and learn a few local customs for a great travel experience.