30/01/2017

Planning Your Travels Stress Free

PREPARATION IS KEY

Research the destination
From places of interests to places to eat, to the dos and don’ts, to the weather, to the vaccinations. Research everything. When I say the dos and don’ts, I mean mannerisms, etiquette and their culture. I believe this should be respected and it’s always great to learn about new cultures.

Research costs
How much is the trip going to cost you altogether? Did you include any activities/excursions, accommodation, shopping, transport, food, vaccinations etc. Maybe consider establishing a budget for the whole trip and or even a daily budget. Do make sure you let your bank know that you’re going abroad if you’re planning on using your debit or credit card abroad.

Gather all of the necessary documents
Visa, ESTA/ETA, health documents, passport, proof of return flight, child birth certificates, proof of funds, address of accommodation etc. I bet some of these you would never have thought to carry? Each country has different requirements so do make sure you look into this. Photocopy the important documents like your passport, bank cards etc, and leave them at home so you’ll have the details in case something happens to them whilst you’re abroad.

Learn some lingo
The basics, like hello, please, numbers 1-10, thank you, how much is this etc. Simple phrases will be beneficial. If you have trouble remembering, download a phrasebook app. Find an app that you can use offline especially if you don’t have access to data or WiFi. The locals will like the fact you’re attempting to speak in their language and are always helpful to help you with your pronunciations. They may even teach you some local slang too.

Make a list
Who doesn’t like lists? Once you’ve done your research, list down every place you would like to visit, any restaurants, activities etc, then from here, you’d be able to plan a rough itinerary. A to pack list is also an essential and always pack according to your research. I always stick to less is more and pack wisely. You can read my tips on packing here.

Plan a rough itinerary
Carrying on from the tip above, itineraries are great to keep you organised and gives you an idea as to what your days could be like. Don’t worry if you’re itinerary doesn’t actually go according to plan. You don’t want to rush, trying to complete everything from your travel wish list. This may lead to stress and it’s the last thing you would want. You’ll never know, you might end up spending your time longer in one place, accidentally stumble upon a hidden treasure, need a few more zzz’s to recover from the night before or your flight was delayed. These can completely throw you off your itinerary. Plan loosely, keep it flexible and make the most out of each place.

And lastly, have an open mind and don’t stress
Wherever you go, it’s going to be different. You’re going to be exposed to new things and it’ll be more enjoyable when you have an open mind. What you see in the media isn’t necessarily what you’ll be seeing with your own eyes. It’s best to go there with a blank page so you can document your own adventure. Relax and don’t stress. After all, you’re on holiday to relax and have some down time right?

What are your planning tips?

24 comments so far.

24 responses to “Planning Your Travels Stress Free”

  1. Sarah-Louise Bailey says:

    You have really covered all aspects of what you will need to plan for when travelling . I think researching all that you can ahead of time and gathering all of your needed documentation is the most important thing you can do. Learning some language and some cultural traditions of where you are headed to can be fun preparations to make as well.

  2. Vivian Yuen says:

    I also leave planning for a trip to last minute! thanks for the tips!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

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  3. Stephanie Merry says:

    Great tips here, before a trip I tend to just research the place and ask as many people as I know who've been there what they recommend doing so I don't miss out on anything x

  4. lisa prince says:

    im very organised i suppose i have to be being mum to 8 and so this is a great idea for me x

  5. Danasia says:

    These are awesome tips! I'm planning my first trip abroad so these will definitely help.

  6. Emma White says:

    I love the idea of traveling stress free as I always get myself into a right flap so I am going to bookmark this page to remind me of these tips when I next travel

  7. Hannah Latoya Bond says:

    Some great tips here. I always like to travel stress free x

  8. Melanies Fab Finds says:

    I hope to go away this year so better get panning as it's hard with 3 kids in tow. I do wish it was totally stress free 😉

  9. Leah XL Channel says:

    These are great hints. I never go anywhere without a plan x

  10. ana de jesus says:

    I think that researching costs will definitely make it stress free as then you know exactly how much you can spend x

  11. FaithHopeLove says:

    I agree that those are all really important thing when it comes to travel planning. We have kids so I also have to add in the kid friendly aspect of planning as well.

  12. My travel tips are really to do with the end of the holiday – I always leave one spare outfit for the journey home and the last night. And never forget something new for the kids to do on the long miserable journey home either!

  13. kittynecessity says:

    I plan on embarking in more adventures this year. I will put your tips to use 🙂 Thanks.

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  14. Rhian Westbury says:

    I always like to have a rough itinary, or at least plan what's close together so I know which attractions make sense to do together x

  15. Savannah Giersthove says:

    Great tips, thanks for sharing! Some of them I did already but it is very smart to research costs beforehand will definitely do this next time! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  16. Charlotte says:

    Great tips. It's definitely worth having an itinerary and planning ahead. That way you won't miss anything that you would really like to do.

  17. Lauretta C Wright says:

    TOTALLY agree it's important to plan – it saves time and hassle when you're on holiday if you've done the preparation beforehand. I'll always try and find out where the nearest attractions are and how to get there, plus restaurant recommedations and where the locals hang out!

  18. Stella Olojola says:

    I start to pack early and I always have a list.

  19. Anosa Malanga says:

    These are some of the tips that I use myself and always try to learn some lingo

  20. angela key milnes says:

    Such a good tips, It's so great to plan your vacation and I love these stress free plan

  21. Amelia Larsen says:

    I always research before I go on holiday, especially looking up local points of interest!

  22. Tanya Brannan says:

    These are perfect tips especially for an unseasoned traveller. I've been travelling more recently and would have loved to have had these before x

  23. Lubka Henry says:

    I love traveling and it's so important to be relaxed. Very good tips, hun.

  24. Laura Hartley says:

    I think learning some of the language is really important as a common courtesy to the people you may interact with on your travels!

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