Ways by you can plan a trip efficiently
A travel trip is always an awesome idea to spend some good times with friends or family, is it not?… It’s always good to take out some time for personal enjoyment and if that time is spent on a tour with family or friends, then what do we need? Travelling across the boundaries and interacting with people from different cultures and traditions helps a lot to a person in terms of attitude and knowledge and a very simple proverb is enough to explain the importance of tourism.
He who does not travel does not know the value of men …
… a Moorish proverbSimple explanation of Importance of Tourism
But wait, is it like that you planned for a destination in the past and executed the trip as well but the trip did not go well?
Planning for a travel trip is a time consuming and boring task, especially when you are planning to travel with family. And if you are planning a trip with kids or grandparents, then I can assure you that you are going to land up in difficulties if the trip is not planned well catering to the needs of kids and oldies.
So there are some small but important things to note down before packing up your bags and moving out to board a carrier and it will help you to plan your trip easily. If you Don’t know how to search for those small things or don’t have enough time to think for them, Don’t worry and let me help you in doing this. Because it’s better to spend some time on planning rather than wasting an entire trip because of lack of planning because you deserve memorable moments which you can carry with you throughout your life.
So let’s discuss how to plan your travel trip easily and efficiently:
Plan for a destination by looking at your pocket, as it will be very tough to enjoy there with the burden on your pocket and if no enjoyment then no use for the trip. It’s not good to plan for a destination based on popularity always. Yeah, popularity does matter but what if that popularity costs you heavily and spoils your future budgeting. You should have enough money in your pocket or bank that allows you to remain stress-free during the tour. If not having enough budget and trip is more important, then you must consider where to borrow the money from?
If you have Credit Cards then it is perfect as it is better to take credit from a financial institution that is reliable. But then you also have to pay back that credit amount But But But… there is an option to pay back credit card bills in easy equal monthly instalments (EMI)… Bingo… It will definitely reduce your stress. If you don’t have a card option as well as a smaller budget… It’s my sincere advice to please plan for some different locations or not plan at all.
Choose your Destination:-
The selection of the destination is not merely choosing a place to visit but also contains various factors to be considered before selecting the destination. The selection must be based on some key factors like:-
The Duration of the trip —
How much time you have to enjoy the vacation and journey time to that destination must also be taken into account before making a selection for a destination. A road trip can be a little longer whereas travelling by flight will make the trip somewhat shorter. The urban destination takes more time to explore as sightseeing and marketing (which obviously you can’t avoid) have more importance in urban localities. Also, it is advisable to have one or two days as spare time for the delay due to traffic or if you want to extend your stay at any place.
Timing of trip —
It is about the best time or season which should be chosen to visit that particular destination. For example, the Best time to enjoy Beaches is different from that of Mountains. You may get high discounts on your hotels and flights after some weeks of peak time … Anyway, the budget is the first thing to consider.
Your trip partner—
Destination of interest will be different if you are travelling with friends and it will be something else when you will be travelling with the family. Also, kids and grandparents are major factors to consider before planning the vacation trip. Depending on the partner, your accommodation preference will also change. In the case of vacation with friends, you can go for adventurous activities like camping, but it is not possible when you are on vacation with your family. In the later case, the safety of the parents and family becomes paramount while the adventure part can be overlooked.
What is your interest—
I mean whether you want to enjoy beautiful mountains and valleys with calm weather or you want to relax at sunset on sand beaches with the noisy environment. Both these ideas have associated planning and a completely different sphere. Very rarely you will find a location where you can enjoy both these atmospheres at one location.
How easily you can reach there —
Popular destinations will have a number of options to reach there let it be flights or it may be Road connectivity. But in case you are planning to go to some offbeat destination then you may find difficulty in accessing those locations. Difficult reach is surely an adventure in itself to access, but it also adds up to your total journey time. Locations having tough connectivity are not suited for the family trip because lack of connectivity also results in poor infrastructure, Which causes a lack of safety for the family trip.
The safety of travellers is an important thing to consider while planning and it should be well researched whether it’s safe to travel with kids and oldies to that place or not. It is taken into account when you are planning to visit there with your female partner as well because safety and privacy cannot be compromised during such trips. When you are with your friend circle, privacy and non-availability of certain facilities can be easily overlooked, but safety remains as important. It is advised to visit our blog over travel safety tips and its importance before planning your trip.
It is right Time to Book your Ride:
Now is the right time to book your ride.. But wait a minute, are you going to take a Road Trip with a private vehicle or are you going for another medium to travel like Flight/ Taxi/ Bus/ Train? Travel plans must be booked prior thereby avoiding the last-minute rush. Train and flight tickets depend on availability and the prices go up over time so advance booking will surely save money. If you are certain about your plan, you must book non-refundable flights and if not, then go for a refundable one but that also must be in advance.
Always tries to use the best available payment methods for the trip which provides attractive offers while booking. For example, usage of Plastic money like Credit and Debit cards for booking always provides a good deal for booking of flights and services associated with it like lounge access etc. Methods of booking can be online or offline which purely depends on your convenience and discounts offered by the providers.
Stay during the trip:
If it is certain that the trip will go as planned, it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance, which will take away your stress of hotel search once you land at the destination and give you a chance to unwind after a long journey. Hotel bookings cover about 30% of the total travel budget, so this should be a separate checkpoint for you when planning travel trips.
Booking online certainly will not involve the feeling of physical inspection of the rooms you are going to stay in but it will save you pocket and time. You should search for booking deals on websites and compare prices for different hotels. However, we will discuss how to save while booking hotels on the go in another blog.
Features before booking a hotel to look upon—
Before booking a Hotel or Accommodation during a trip some points or can say features you must look into. Some of them are listed below and you can add more upon as per your convenience.
⇔ Book now and pay later facility
⇔ 24 x 7 customer support
⇔ Free cancellation
⇔ Best price guaranteed
⇔ Additional service like free wifi/ parking/ buffet/ bar/ pool etc.
Explore the destination locally:
After getting down on destination it is wiser to think whether all the spots will be covered by rental cab or other services like Public Transport. Because it entirely depends on your choice and distance of spots from your accommodation keeping trip time in mind.
Things to see and do:
Please prepare a list of popular hotspots in the location which you don’t want to miss exploring. Look for distance on a map/ google map from other nearby locations you are going to visit if possible. It will help you in planning the track to be taken while exploring the location so that maximum things get covered in minimum time as possible and you can plan for other activities or can retire for the day without exhausting. Look for the best free things to do in your selected destination.
You must search for any special activities at the destination like scuba diving, paragliding, zorbing, skiing, horse riding which you can not find elsewhere. Also, you must inquire about any timing, regulation and fees attached to these activities. Choose good restaurants to eat and must-try local foods with quality. You can make all these lists by using social media platforms ( FB, Twitter, Insta) or Blogs. Additionally, you can search for travel websites or ask someone who earlier visited the destination you choose.
It’s time to Eat something:
Delicate attention must be given while choosing any hotels/ restaurants to have your meals. It is not easy to digest outside food and it can land you in trouble. The quality of food and hygiene must not be compromised at all. Also, it is not always true that the food which has good taste will always be good in quality as well so mind it while having the food on the go. If possible try to have the taste of local foods as it in a way helps the local community to grow and serve you better in the future. if you are not sure where to fetch it from, then you can search for it on the net or ask local people around.
Check your Documents:
Your whole exercise on how to plan a trip will surely go in vain if you are not carrying the required documents with you on the trip. Before departure, you must make sure that you are in possession of valid and authentic documents otherwise it can get you in legal trouble on different soil. Documents to be ensured include Passport, Visa, other Identity Proofs of each individual. In the case of passports, at least six month’s validity must be there and should have enough space in pages to be stamped. Additionally, save the soft copies of all documents which you may think can be used in your Email so that it can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
⇛ Important Note:
If possible please carry a photocopy of each document with you while travelling. It will ensure your smooth journey and transit in case you lose any documents. Documents to be carried in duplicate forms may include Flight/ Train tickets, Itineraries, Credit Cards ( very sensitive so handle with care), Hotel Reservations, etc.
Connectivity to the rest of the world:
Check the destination for phone and internet connectivity or any other communication medium. Because on tour, it is very important for you to remain free from any such tension of not having timely communication with your family at once a day. It can be avoided only if your parents and family are receiving information about you while you are on travel. So, make sure that you are updating your family about your current location and contact numbers to reach you timely.
Availability of various services:
Please check if the destination you planned is equipped with some miscellaneous services or not, which can turn into a hurdle if not present. These services include Hospital/ Pharmacy store, Fuel Station, Police Station, Courier Service, Parking Space, Vehicle Repair Facility, Banks/ ATM, etc. Sometimes, these services seem irrelevant, but you don’t know when you land in a situation where any of these services may become vital for you. So it is better to check their availability prior to boarding on your trip.
You must have sufficient cash in hand before travelling. You can carry money in your savings account and can withdraw cash whenever required if facilities of dispensing cash exist there ( it must be checked prior). Also, you can make use of Plastic Money like Credit Cards/Debit Cards for online transactions but then also make sure that the Card you are carrying is acceptable at POS terminals. If possible, call the Bank or Card companies to notify them about your travel plan so that they can freeze your accounts if you notice any suspicious transactions.
I must advise that you should have travel insurance covering your journey period and all transit activities so that you can relax in case of any mishap and the company bears the cost of that. People generally take it lightly but mind it it’s just a small amount that can save your budget in case you are unlucky. Travel Insurance is made to cover unwanted medical emergencies and events such as trip cancellation, your personal effects, lost, stolen or damaged luggage by Airline, and other related losses.
It’s time to pack your backpack
The Backpack is one that will be your true partner when you are travelling solo and care must be given about how to pack your backpack so that it serves its purposes well. If possible pack bare minimum but required luggage only, as it will be lighter for you to travel and you can buy necessary items anywhere if conditions occur. Proper care should be taken while packing for kids and you should not leave any space for their complaints during the trip. Choose light and loose-fitting but multipurpose clothes if possible. Pack the luggage as per weather and activities to be performed at the destination in your mind.