There’s a lot to think about when planning travel: from getting a visa, to figuring out transportation, to booking accommodation and getting local currency, it can be downright stressful. And it’s a bit contradictory, right? Stressing out over planning what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation. We’ve definitely been there. Many times, in fact.
Figure out your travel budget
Before you can even begin to plan a trip, you need to take a good look at your finances and figure out how much money you have to spend on your adventure. This will dictate a lot of the future steps including where you can travel to and for how long. This step might sound scary, but we’ve broken it down for you so you can create your very own customized travel budget. We’re even sharing exactly how we afford to travel and stay on budget.
Decide on your travel style / partner(s)
Is this a short vacation, a 3-week trip overseas or long term travel that you are planning for? And who’s coming with you?Take a moment to answer this question… Are you going to be traveling solo or with a partner? A group of friends, or with your family and children in tow?
Choose a destination
This step may seem obvious for some, maybe you already know exactly where it is you want to travel and that’s why you’re planning this trip in the first place. For those of you that have a destination nailed down, there are still a few things we’d suggest you consider, you can skip right down to the research step. For those of you that have the itch to travel, maybe even the vacation time set up, but still have no idea how to narrow down just one place, we suggest looking at a map. No really! Hear us out…
You know where you want to go? Check. Have your visa? Check. Now here comes our favorite part: It’s time to book a flight! First, you’ll need to answer these questions: What airport will you fly into? Are you going to make a round trip and fly out of the same airport? Or are you departing out of a new place?
Research things to do
This is where the fun really starts…We LOVE doing research to find out what kinds of adventures we can have in a new destination.
Here are a few of our favorite resources for researching travel destinations:
Pinterest: Probably the first place we look when we get curious about a new place. We use Pinterest as a search engine (just like we would use Google!) and we have found in our experience that there is TONS more helpful content on travel there than if we were to try and sift through the first page of Google. We love that you can save articles in organized boards as well to return to later (you may have noticed the Pins we create at the bottom of all of our own articles).
Bloggers: We are constantly looking to other bloggers we trust for advice on new destinations. We have some we follow closely so we always know where to check if they have information on a place. We like to read a few different suggested itineraries for new cities to figure out what the can’t-miss attractions are and get ideas on how to plan our own itinerary. We leave comments on posts and reach out via social media if we are still left with questions after reading a blog post about a new place.
Airbnb Experiences: Sometimes just checking out what’s offered on Airbnb Experiences is a great way to get ideas of cool things to see and do in a new place. You might even find an experience or 2 you want to sign up for!
Trip Advisor: We like to check reviews for things on trip advisor to see what other travelers have to say about certain experiences or attractions. There can be some seriously good advice on there!