Hey there! Have you given that trip the thorough planning it deserves? Be it a simple adventure with the girls-or the boys-or with your heartthrob. It could also be a family trip, a solo trip, or even a simple business trip outside your city or country of residence; whichever it is, you need to plan a successful trip. Yes, a plan that will make your travel experience memorable and not disastrous.
You might ask, “Do I really need a plan, before hitting the road? Like hell, I can handle it.” You never know, times are changing and you’d need to keep abreast, else you get left behind. Already giving it a thought? Don’t sweat it, we got you covered, right here on this blogsite. So, stick around. Here are a few tips to help you plan that perfect trip.
17 Tips To Plan A Successful Trip
Choose a Date and Location
The first step in many, for planning a trip, is to choose a location of your choice and circle the date on your daily planner. Noting these details down in your daily planner will help you plan each day, in preparation for the trip. Choosing where you want to visit will also put you in the right frame of mind for the trip.
Be Specific in your Choice of Location
Excitement levels can rev up your enthusiasm to make elaborate plans of visiting too many places all at once. That familiar feeling of wanting to explore the world within such a small time is relatable. But, the truth is, you’re only human; limited by time and resources.
So, the ridiculous plan to put off to a later time, to choose your preferred destination, until you hit the road or when you get there, can be really absurd, ill-advised, and potentially thin you out when you arrive your destination. So, sit down and choose your destination before setting out.
How Long Will You Be Away
Deciding beforehand, how long you’d be gone is another plan, you should include in that travel plan. A definite number of days weeks or months would help you budget properly, so you don’t end up frustrated as a result of poor planning or even the lack of it.
Inform Family and Friends
Making a few friends and family aware of your travel plans is important. We hope nothing goes wrong, but you would need to trust a few folks to look out for you, in case of any eventuality.
Pack only what is Needed
The urge to take more than is needed for a trip, so as not to run out of stuff, is normal. But, taking only what you need will be less stressful on you, unnecessary heavy luggage is bad for a short trip. So, better to keep it simple.
Budget for the trip
Budgeting for trips can be a hard task, even harder in a time of recession. Also, with the outbreak of the Coronavirus that has paralyzed activities all around the globe, a proper plan of financial involvement needed for that trip is very important.
Let the budget decide if the trip would be by bus, train, or flight. However, the budget should not be one that would rig a hole in your pocket.
Plans for lodgings
Check out the options you have for hotel lodgings in the city or location you intend to travel to. Including this in your plans, would eliminate last-minute reservations that may lead to frustrations and ruin your fun during the trip.
How to Get Around
Another thing to consider while planning a trip is the transportation options you have in the destination you are travelling to.
It is important that you find out beforehand. Are there Uber services around the area, or car rental companies around, a bus or train service, or will you just walk to most places within the walkable distance? For instance, if you’re visiting Nigeria, there are no requirements for using the public transportation system. A few naira notes are all the fare you’d need to get around.
But, it is a different situation when you’re visiting London, for instance, you’d need an Oyster card to use public transportation. Usually, car rental is ideally best for travellers going overseas. It affords you a lot of free movement, without having to get stressed out while trying to get around in your destination.
Booking online is much cheaper and less stressful. So, putting it off to when you get to your destination might not be such a wise choice. Because getting a car rental deal over the counter, after a long flight, which will cost you more and equally stress you out. So exploring your options will help you make adequate plans ahead of the trip.
Places to Visit
Planning a trip helps you find out the tourist attraction sites available at your destination. In most travel destinations, you’d need to book ahead of time, so you don’t show up unannounced and probably get turned back. So, ensure to get that taken care of as you plan that trip.
Think Food and Drinks
Food is essential, right? And for most travellers, it is the most exciting part of their travel experience. They get to experiment with foreign dishes and drinks, a totally different experience from what they have in their country.
For instance, planning a trip to Nigeria should prepare your mind for a life-time experience on local dishes that are wonderful and healthy too. The popular Nigerian jollof rice is to kill for.
Many travelers and tourists have had to even take cooking classes on how to prepare most of the Nigerian dishes themselves after they had a taste of it at restaurants. So while you plan that trip, research what foods and drinks are available in the destination you’re travelling to.
Also, search directories online for local cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs where your taste in delicacies and drinks can be satisfied. If it’s a family trip, it is also important that you find out the best places to eat, bearing in mind what your budget says.
Do You Have a Passport?
For overseas trips you’d need an international passport, that’s if you don’t have one. Ideally, it is best to give yourself enough time to apply for a passport, well two months is okay to properly arrange a passport.
Also, even if you do have a passport, you’d need to check the expiry date, because most countries would require a passport valid for at least six months, beyond the duration of your trip. The passport ought to have enough pages for visas and stamps.
Ensure Your Medically Fit to Travel
You’d need to be medically fit to embark on a trip. Getting sick on a trip that is supposed to be fun, isn’t such a wonderful experience. So, better to be sure, you are medically fit to leave the city or country on a trip.
So, contacting your healthcare provider would be ideal, they could also provide you with travel vaccines, in case you get sick and can’t access healthcare in your destination.
You Need A Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is what you need, in moments of eventuality. What if something urgent and important came up and you had to cancel your flight or trip after you’ve booked flights for the trip? Travel insurance can help you recover your money. After you book your flight for that trip, the next important step is to get travel insurance.
Organize All Your Important Travel Documents
Planning a trip would require, that you organize all the important documents needed for the trip. There are documents you should never misplace, and for those documents, you’d need to make extra copies of them.
Shit happens and companies might misplace your booking reservations. So, to be on the safe side, organize them, and make extra copies. These important documents include visas, passports, tour bookings, flight tickets, etc.
Part of planning that trip is ensuring that your destination has quality internet access. It could be really frustrating to want to send emails or perform any online task and find out that the destination’s internet service is poor. Also, find out the data plans and SIM card options available in your desired destination.
How to Access Your Money
Everyone loves ease and convenience when it comes to accessing their money at any time. With the heavy international bank transaction fees when using the wrong credit cards, you might want to consider all your options. So, the advice is to look for credit cards with no currency conversion fees, international ATM withdrawals, and no annual fees.
Confirm Flights Earlier
Lastly, Confirm your flight dates earlier before your departure day. A day before your departure is ideally the best day to confirm your flight. Flight schedules are bound to change, so as not to miss your flight because you thought your flight schedule hasn’t changed.
After the laid down plans for that wonderful, pleasurable adventure or trip, you would need to set a countdown, a daily reminder of some sort to help you, add daily details and contributions, or even alterations to your travel plan.
The countdown period helps put you in the right mood, even to effect last-minute changes at home, work, etc. Each day neared your departure day should be dedicated to putting things in their proper perspective for the trip ahead.
You could even contact your bank and inform them of your travel plans, so they don’t block your credit and debit transactions when it shows the location is from a foreign country. Also, ensure all the necessary stuff you’d need for the trip-clothes, cash, documents, etc., are all taken care of.
There, you have it! I hope you find these tips quite helpful on how to plan a trip. If you do, please do share with friends, also you can comment in our comment box below. We’d love to hear how that trip turned out.