7 Things to Plan Before You Travel

Do your homework and set aside some time to plan, and you’re sure to have a holiday that you won’t forget in a hurry!

How you’ll pay along the way

Long gone are the days of relying on traveller’s cheques and a small amount of converted currency while travelling internationally. Today, there are more options than ever when it comes to spending overseas. While it is a good idea to carry an amount of the local currency with you, you can also make use of credit cards and specialised travel cards that are loaded with a predetermined amount. Before jumping head first into credit and travel cards, be sure to read any fine print about transaction and foreign currency conversion fees.

Where you’ll spend the night

Although some of the best travel experiences aren’t planned, one important thing that you should plan, is where you’ll sleep at night. Trying to find somewhere last minute is stressful and time consuming, so it’s best to take a little time to book ahead of time.

How you’ll get there

While you may have a general idea of how you’ll reach your destination, whether it be by plane, car, boat or another mode of transport, it’s best to at least have a rough outline of planned movements. Some forms of transport, such as flights, buses, trains and cruises, may require you to secure your seat ahead of time, so it’s best to get on top of things before you set out on your travels.

What you’ll buy while duty free shopping

There’s nothing quite as fun as little duty free shopping while at the airport, but it can be easy to get caught up in the moment and purchase items that you don’t really need or that won’t actually save you much more than if you bought them in your home town. Before you head to the duty free store, do your homework. Check the prices offered locally and then compare them with those offered by the duty free stores you’ll be visiting. Some stores now allow you to place your order online, which gives you the perfect opportunity to compare prices and find the best bargain. Keep in mind that the duty free allowance does vary from country to country, so you’re better off checking the local restrictions before you buy to avoid any awkward moments at customs.

Getting from the airport to your next stop

If you are going to be flying to your next destination, you’ll need to consider how you’ll make your way from the airport to your hotel or next connection. Some airports offer train or bus services to the nearest major city, which are very handy, while others may see you relying on taxi or ride sharing apps, such as Uber, to get you where you need to be.

Whether you’ll tackle any major attractions

Depending on where you’ll be travelling to, there might be some major attractions that you simply can’t miss. While many are free to visit, others, such as performances and displays, might see you need to book your ticket well ahead of time to ensure you are able to attend. Instead of relying on their being some spare tickets when you get there, secure your spot before you get there.

What kind of luggage you’ll use

Depending on your travel style and the locations you plan to visit, you’ll need to choose your luggage accordingly. Although a traditional suitcase is perfect for most situations, a backpack can be a better option if you’ll be visiting lots of different places, heading to location where there aren’t smooth pavements and if you’re trying to avoid excess baggage fees. If you are thinking of going shopping or picking up souvenirs during your travels, be sure to leave enough room in your luggage to comfortably fit everything you collect along the way.

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