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30 Mar

Alternative Ways to plan your trip

Some trips are organized months or even years in advance and are the result of painful savings. Others, on the other hand, are spontaneous and exciting. Going on a trip is a good way to experience adventure, to relax or have a good time. By organizing yourself well, you can be sure that you and your friends or family will have a pleasant stay punctuated only by good surprises.

If you’re a beginner, here is all the key info to launch your travel project.

  • When people want to go on a trip, they usually already have a place in mind, so you can go straight to the stage of choosing the period. The period of your trip will be determined by a number of things, but above all by your schedule.  An alternative way is to travel out of season. But that doesn’t prevent it from applying in high season too. If your goal is to be able to communicate quietly with the locals or to avoid a place swarming with tourists which increases all prices considerably, it is better to travel during the low season.  Traveling out of season will make your trip cheaper.   But certainly, some tourist attractions and activities will be closed. As for the weather, would you be willing to travel in winter or during the rainy season? It’s up to you!
  • Whether it’s a long or short trip, it is best to plan your itinerary in advance to avoid wasting time. Here is the method to build the planning of your trip.
    It’s a way to collect a lot of information beforehand, including price indications for the budget.
    The itinerary is not made to be respected to the letter; it just gives indicators, landmarks, safeguards. It’s up to you to change directions and modify the plans once you’re there! The best technique is to plot the route on a map and the day-by-day program on a calendar.

It is important to:

  • Note the key dates: departure, return, imperatives,
  • Identify the milestones in your roaming experience,
  • Evaluate the distances and transportation facilities between each key steps,
  •  Take into account the time difference in the time of day in the completion of the journey
  •  Take into account the seasons and the climate in the countries you are traveling through for the realization of your itinerary (some roads are not accessible during the rainy season, some boats, trains, buses do not work in low season, some areas are inaccessible during the monsoon)
  • Then comes the most important step: calculating your budget. You will need to identify the elements to establish the following 8 budgets:
  1. TRANSPORTATION AND VISAS: Flights, visa fees, trains, buses, taxis, car rentals, fuel…
  2. INSURANCES: If you leave for more than 3 months, you will be required to take out insurance. But there are countries where you will need specific insurance such as the United States where medical expenses are more expensive.
  3. EQUIPMENT: Don’t forget the purchase of everything you need for your trip for example your backpack, jacket, a new suitcase…
  4. ACCOMMODATIONS: You can identify in advance some key accommodations on your trip to keep your budget under control. On a booking website, look for the hotel that suits you according to your comfort criteria and base your choice on this price. Alternative advice: Planning nights on the bus or train at night allows you to reduce your budget in a painless way.
  5. FOOD / DRINKS: Depending on the country of course, but always check if breakfast is included in the price of your accommodation.
  6. ACTIVITIES: Remember to include entrance fees for monuments, national parks and festivities in your travel budget. But also the cost of services like bike rental or the donations you will make to local associations
  7. SHOPPING: Because once you’re there you often want to bring back thousands of souvenirs so the shopping budget should not be neglected.
  8. BUDGET “UNEXPECTED”: Always allow “slack” in case of a problem: need to change a plane ticket, pay a fine or medical care…

Here are our alternative tips to help you plan your trip. You can wait patiently for the day of your departure, leave and travel without moderation! Make sure you don’t forget anything!