Planning travel can be hectic and time-consuming. It is pretty common to feel overwhelmed considering there is a lot to take into account to ensure that the trip is memorable. We have compiled an efficient checklist that will help you plan your trip effectively and cover all the aspects of planning a trip.
DECIDE YOUR DESTINATION
You can only start planning once you have decided where to go. This critical information will influence every aspect of travel planning like the duration of travel, budget, accommodation, etc. Take into account the interests of people traveling and finalize a destination, this way you will ensure a memorable and enjoyable trip.
DURATION OF TRIP
How much time do you have? You do not want to spend a major part of your holidays in commuting which will make it exhausting and unworthy. This will also help you plan your budget.
BOOK YOUR TRANSPORT
How do you reach your destination? Book tickets in advance if you are traveling by Flight or Train. If you prefer car rentals, arrange well in advance. To ensure that the option of cancellation is available.
A major travel expense, choose the accommodation with relevant facilities at the best price. Efficiently planned accommodation will free up money to spend on other activities.
SIGHTSEEING & GETTING AROUND
Research about your destinations and make a list of places and activities you wish to cover. Check the maps and accordingly prepare the itinerary. Make advance reservations for must-visit tourist attractions. Research and organize your tickets to any theme parks, zoos, and concerts, etc.
PLACES TO EAT & DRINK
Research about the food offered at the destinations. Would you be open to experimenting with the food offered at the destination? If you are conservative about your food, identify in advance the restaurants serving the food according to your taste.
Check about the must-eat places and popular food joints, restaurants, bars near your location.
It is advisable to travel light. Pack only what is necessary. Clothes should be packed according to the weather conditions of the destinations, don’t carry too many clothes; instead, use the laundry services of the hotels and recycle the clothes. Believe us that you will end up buying during your travel. So, SAVE THE SPACE.
BONUS TIP FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS
Decide on how you will reach, stay, move around and what places to check. If traveling with family, we recommend you book an advance pick and drop service from the airport to avoid hassles.
CHECK FOR PASSPORT
What kind of documents do you need to travel to your destination? If you are traveling overseas you will need a passport. If you don’t have one please apply well in advance and if you have a passport, check for the expiration date. Most countries ask for a passport to be valid for six months beyond your date of stay and have enough empty pages for stamps/visas. It is also advisable to carry some other valid ID, just in case you need them.
CHECK FOR VISA REQUIREMENTS
Find out the visa entry requirements for your destination. Every country will have different requirement and timelines to issue Visa, so don’t leave this for the end.
If you are traveling overseas, it is recommended to speak to a health care professional and get required vaccinations done. Nothing is more important than ones’ safety and health. Sometimes, you may also get asked to show proof of having been vaccinated.
COPIES OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
For peace of mind, keep copies of important documents (separately)
Passports and Visas
Rental car reservations
ACCESSING YOUR MONEY
Well, you can’t travel anywhere without money. However, you need to remember some extra points when you are traveling overseas. Like, check for the limit of cash that you can carry with you. Check for money exchange facilities at the destinations. It is recommended to take a travel card, which will help you avoid charges on credit or debit cards. Also, find out about your daily withdrawal limit and any charges you may incur for using the card overseas. (Grandma’s smart tip: Never keep all your money in one pocket.)
PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is always advisable to insure yourself when traveling. It will protect you from unforeseen situations and related financial losses. Travel insurance is designed to cover events such as trip cancellation, stolen or damaged luggage by an airline, and other related losses incurred while traveling.
RECONFIRM FLIGHTS & CHECK-IN ONLINE
Check-In online to avoid the rush at the airport and always reconfirm the flight departure. You do not want to miss your flights after all the preparations. With this compact To-Do-List, we are sure you will never miss a thing and enjoy a memorable holiday. Keep this handy with you all the time for a trouble-free holiday plan. Or even better, take a print and keep it along with your other travel document. This way you will never miss it. Happy Holidaying!!