Planning your dream trip just got so much easier. Here’s my process for planning my dream trips every time!
Determine your Budget
Depending on the place and the type of memories/experience I’m opting for I know I have to set my budget accordingly. Whether you want a luxurious stay in Miami or a budget stay in Thailand make sure you establish your budget.
Weather, especially if you’re going to the other side of the world. We can easily forget that our summer is not their summer.
Along with weather, consider when would be the cheapest time to fly if our on a budget. Off-seasons are typically cheaper, however, you sometimes sacrifice weather. Pick your poison.
Again, depending on the experience you are going for, look for ways to bundle your travel and accommodation. Whether this is flight and hotel as well as transportation services provided by your hotel/accommodation.
What do you want to experience? This is where you free write your bucket list items, cliche tourist attractions, and you’re off the beaten path activities.
Next, be sure to look up the locations of these activities so that you have a more accurate understanding of distance. This is also where you consider how you will get from place to place.
PRO TIP: In my experience, google maps remembers your past searches, (especially if they’re typed in repeatedly assuming you’re doing your research), which makes it easier to look up in real time while you’re actually there.
Make general day-to-day plans. Section off different areas and attractions so that each of your days are efficient and fulfilling. Don’t get too strict in this area. Always remember sometimes things don’t go as planned, be ready and open to this it’s all apart of the adventure!
PRO TIP: Plan your trips in advance! Yes, you hear it all the time in regards to saving money, however, there are other benefits.`Planning in advance gives your search engines (Pinterest, YouTube, Google, etc.) time to fully optimize to your needs providing you with articles, resources, and tips that you wouldn’t have thought of on your own.
Pack in advance. I don’t mean pack your suitcase and leave it in the corner for 3 more months. I mean pack mentally and start stockpiling a checklist of things you need to remember for your trip. Don’t keep it all in your head, write it down. When you’re finished packing actually start packing!
How to back if you’re “too busy” or “don’t have any time”:
Day 1: Find my suitcase. Clear off the cobwebs.
Day 2: Laundry.
Day 3: Throw clothes, accessories, shoes, sunscreen, etc. in a pile in my suitcase.
Day 4: Fold and organize.
Day 5: Sort and pack toiletries/make-up
Spread small tasks over any amount of days. You can start 2 weeks before if you’d like just make sure to not wait until the last minute. Why begin your trip with such hectic, anxious vibes? It’s a much better feeling when you are prepared and you know you have everything you need.
Implement these tips in your next trip planning process and I promise you’ll have the most amazing time!