We all need a break in order to have a balanced life without suffering from burnout and sometimes, travelling overseas for a holiday is the perfect getaway. However, travelling sometimes may not be as easy as packing your bags and heading off to the airport and here are our top 5 suggested steps to take before you plan your vacation.
Decide Where You Are Going
When it comes to travelling, it’s always easier to start at the beginning. When choosing a country, you should always do as much research as you can on it. Is it going to be hot or cold when you get there? Could the culture pose a problem for you and any travel companions? Is language going to be a challenge for you?
Even the time it takes to get there is important since you might end up having to spend a lot of time travelling in order to reach there. You should always study up on its customs and what it’s people are like to avoid any issues.
Make a Budget
There’s no way of getting around spending during a trip. Even if you want to spend as little as possible, you’d still have to plan out every single move you make.
For that, you have to take into account the currency of the country you’re going to, as well as the general price range for food and any other purchases you want to make.
But that’s the easy part, once you have your budget ready you’ll have to make sure to stay within that budget. The burden should be easier if you go with multiple people but remember to keep track of who spends what do that there aren’t any problems of who paid for what later.
Get What You Need
Prepare the right type clothing for the place you’re going; you wouldn’t want to under or over dress after all. Other stuff that can help you out such as translation books or maps (though you can always get those when you’re there).
Travel-sized toiletries such as conditioner and shampoo are also a must have, especially if you want to save money by not going to an expensive hotel and are opting to stay in a hostel or an AirBnB. We like Cowshed’s travel calendar package where you get all your necessary toiletries packed neatly so that you can take them on your travels.
So you already have the country picked out, what you’re taking there and there’s still one more thing to take into account – what exactly will you spend your time doing?
Take some time to sit down and do a bit of research on the local tourist sites, recommended delicacies to try out and any other interesting things to do. There’s no real need to plan to a dot as to where to go and what to do for each day but at least with a rough plan, there will be no headaches or argument with friends or family as to what to see and do during your vacay.
Travelling alone? You might be interested to read “Travelling as a Single Female”.
It’s probably weird for us to tell you to let loose right after we tell you to plan, but one of the problems when it comes to travelling is that we get so stressed in wanting it to be perfect that we forget why we even make the trip anyway. It’s great if you know where you want to go and have everything you need, but wandering off and smelling the roses is good too.
Plus, you never know what you might find at your destination that makes you rethink your plans either, there are tons of things that you’ll only find out about when you’re there rather than from a screen.
So remember to relax and explore, after all, you can only actually enjoy your vacation if you’re having fun.
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