Okay, First things first. You need to set a destination on where and when you want to go! Have anything in mind? Great! Now select a timeframe of when you’d want to go. This all could depend on where you are going, what the weather is like, but all in all, do your research as you’re selecting your destination. I’ve learned a thing or two while planning for my trip to Europe this upcoming April. I’ve never planned a trip by myself so it was intimidating, to say the least. But rest assured, I’m here with a few tips to get your trip planning rolling and on your way to your dream vacation!
Book Your Ticket
The very first thing that I did was buy my plane ticket. I knew of the dates of my vacation and where exactly I was headed, but just needed that plane ticket to actually get me there! Think ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your plane ticket unless it’s an emergency, of course. To give you an idea – I bought my plane ticket in October of 2016 and my trip is in April of 2017. That’s at least 6 months apart. The earlier you book the more chances of having a better deal. So it’s important to start saving early if you need to. Google Flights offers a service where you can submit the time and location you are headed and they give you a list of multiple airlines from least to most expensive. Also, request to be added to several airlines’ mailing lists so you’re informed of when they are having promotions or flight deals that could include your vacation spot.
Find a Place to Stay
This is such an important step to your vacation. You want to make sure (I’ve probably said this a million times already) but do your research! What I mean by this is – make sure you know your location. Ask yourself these questions before booking your place: What attractions are nearby? If you’re in a city, are you close to transportation or metro? Would you rather be in a hotel or Airbnb? Take in mind if you’re on a budget which option is cheaper and a better alternative for you. I’m traveling with three other people and two out of three locations we are staying at an Airbnb. It’s cheaper this way because we can divide the cost in four ways. Make sure to read the reviews before booking a place on Airbnb and also map out your options before deciding. T0 help you out, here is a link that gives you $35 off your next Airbnb booking! If you’re interested in a hotel, I decided to book mine through Booking.com, it overall had the best deal. And a tip from me to you, hotels go fast! Most of the hotels in London were sold out and we were very lucky after searching for hours and finally landing a place with a great deal. So don’t wait if you can help it!
Save now, Buy later
Before you’re headed off on your wild adventure it’s important to save up as much as you can. I’m currently in the process of buying transportation and attraction passes ahead of time to skip the lines. This is totally an optional step, but it’s highly recommended. When you’re finally on vacation you probably don’t want to stress about the cost of an attraction or whether or not you’ll have enough time in your day to wait in line. You don’t need to purchase these things as far in advance as your plane ticket, but a few or more weeks before your trip would be reasonable. I’d recommend TripAdvisor for attractions and things to you for your destination spot. You also need to keep in mind if you’re planning on buying a souvenir here and there to have money on the side, just for that. You don’t have to get crazy (unless you want to, I’m all for that), but make sure to buy yourself a little something to remember to look back on.
I wish you all well on your future adventures, I would love to hear where you all are headed off next!