Some Points To Consider Before You Plan A Vacation

Trip duration

The first thing to determine is how long you want your trip to be. Do you only have a week off work, or can you travel for as long as you want? The longer you have then the more flexibility you have on where to go, and this would help you to go further afield rather than more local destinations. If you have enough time you may even be able to go on a multi-destination trip.

Trip type and where to go?

Next, you should have a think about where you want to go and what kind of trip you want. Do you want a more adventurous trip such a ski holiday, a city break, or maybe a relaxing spa destination? As well as the type of trip, where do you want to go? Such as somewhere in Europe, a place in Asia, a more well-known destination, or a lesser-known spot. Looking online such as on blogs, or even on Instagram, are great ways to find inspiration on where to go for your next trip.

Who are you traveling with?

When you plan your trip, your destination choices can be affected by your traveling companions. Will you be traveling solo, as a couple, or taking family vacations? Sit down with other members of your traveling group and discuss your ideas and interests. Memorable trips are those where each member gets to experience something they love. Don’t leave it to one person to make all the decisions. Or, maybe you could take turns in choosing a destination each year!

What kind of experiences do you like?

To have a memorable trip, choose a destination that allows you to have experiences you enjoy.

Do you like:

  • Relaxation or adventure
  • Beaches or mountains
  • Summer or winter
  • Cities or countryside
  • Resorts or road trips
  • Festivals and culture
  • Shopping or food experience
  • Luxury, mid-range, or budget

When to Travel?

Weather and crowds play an important role when you plan your trip. For your chosen destination, do you know when the high season and low season is? If you are fortunate enough to be flexible in when you can take your vacation time, good for you! Avoiding peak travel periods is one of our best travel tips for how to plan a vacation.

Cost/budget

Some destinations are particularly expensive, such as Iceland, Switzerland etc. This means that you would need a much higher budget to visit and it may take longer to save for your trip. The way I determine whether a destination is affordable to visit is by doing the below:

  • I check the cost of the flight
  • Then I would search on¬†Booking.com¬†or¬†Airbnb¬†and put in some rough dates to get an idea of accommodation prices
  • Then finally I would check on a site such as¬†Numbeo¬†to get an idea of the cost of living and prices of restaurants and food

Once you have done the above, you should then look at how long you were planning to visit the destination and calculate the basic cost. Of course activities at the destination will add to this basic cost so keep that in mind.

Package holiday or book independently

Another thing to consider is whether to book a package holiday or book everything independently. There are definitely pros and cons to both types, such as booking independently takes a bit more work, but can provide more reflexibility.

Visa/entry rules

Visa and entry requirements are extremely important to check before you travel. You may not need a visa, but instead you may need a travel pre-authorisation. Such as in Canada they now have an eTA (electronic travel authorisation), and in the United States they have a ESTA. You may find that a lot of destinations don’t even require a visa for short stays which is making travel so much easier. Of course, it varies depending on your passport and which country you are from, so always do your research and never take the risk or arriving without checking.

Prompt from 87 Blog Post Ideas That Will Never Fail You (2023) at Blog Tyrant

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