How to organize your trip in 7 steps
This is a very common question when you want to travel, so here we have designed a guide with everything you need to know to organize your first trip as a professional. Don’t forget anything, and make it the best trip of your life.
The first thing to consider is our resources. How much money I have, or how much I can save before the date of the trip, and finally, how much time we have for the trip.
Once we have both, we can move forward.
2. Transportation to destination
Of course, if you have limited money, you should start your search for near countries or even cities within your country. Many times we focus so much on discovering distant places, that we downplay the places of our own country or city, and they can be impressive places. To evaluate flights, the google flight tool is a good alternative, since you can see the prices of all countries in a continent, or in a given country you can see the cheapest cities, etc. The best thing about this is that the search includes most airlines.
3. Travel insurance.
It is not essential but it is always good to have an exit in case of an emergency. They are hired for the duration of the trip, and if you search well you can get quite convenient options.
4. Transportation at the destination.
Many times the budget gets out of control for not considering this. Taking a taxi at the exit of an airport is often a good opportunity for those taxi drivers who wish to take advantage. Consider and find out how public transport works within the city you want to go to and have it solved before you arrive, the first transport to your hotel, or where you want to go.
Where to sleep is basic. Use the booking.com, airbnb, apps to estimate hosting costs. Keep in mind that the search date of the trip is in high or season, since if you search on a low season date and go in high season you can get a big surprise (prices go up a lot). In some places not so developed, in general it is cheaper to get to the place and look for accommodation directly (not recommended in high season, on those dates it is always better to prevent with a previous reservation, since you can arrive and it is all full, which it will finally make you pay more than you should).
For longer trips, or with deeper intentions, through the pages of wwoof, helpx.net, workaway you can get accommodation and even food in exchange for some work. Keep in mind that in less developed countries like Asia or America, it is common that in addition to work you have to contribute with some money. In more developed countries, this does not happen.
Finally, I want to mention Couchsurfing, since it allows you to stay at a local’s house, in exchange for an invitation to eat, or just a good conversation. In it, you can see comments from previous travelers, the full profile of the person to whom you apply to receive you, etc., which makes it very reliable and safe. This gives a great plus to your experience since you will be able to know from a closer perspective, how it is the city and its people.
Another fundamental aspect of our budget, which you have to consider when traveling, is the meal prices. If you go to some places in Peru, or in Thailand for example, there is a lot of high-quality street food and very cheap, but if you go to Milan or Paris, any type of food will be expensive. Keep this point in mind when looking for accommodation, maybe you can get a hostel with a kitchen, or you have to consider the option of traveling with an electric stove (There are very cheap and light ones).
7. Attractions and places of interest.
Finally, when we have chosen our destination, and we know that we have the resources (time and money) to arrive, sleep and eat, we can analyze what we can do with the budget and time remaining. Here we will investigate the attractions of the place, and if possible, locate them in our GPS app, in order to better visualize where they are so it’s easier to organize the route. With the use of google or youtube, you will find all the tourist and the must-do of your destination. After this, find out the prices, travel times and visits; and analyze if your budget and available time is enough.
Do not forget!
Within the details that cannot be forgotten, are considering the requirements to entry to each country. (Vaccines, visas, if they require an exit ticket, transit visa on any scale, permission of less than 18 years if you do not travel with both parents, conditions or limitations to carry any medication, etc.) This I recommend doing it before buying or booking any airfare or accommodation.
After all this, you should already have your trip completely armed. Good trip! Safe trip everyone!
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