Traveling could be a heck lot to do, especially if it's your first time going abroad. Not knowing what to pack or how to plan is the worst nightmare that anyone could get. Since my sister asked for some planning tips for an abroad holiday in the coming month, it thought it might be a good idea to share it here too. Knowing that it might be helpful for your future trip.
Here's what you need to know. Get your pen and paper ready!
Step 1: Decide a Destination
- What is your budget?Choose a destination that suits your budget. For example, if your budget is high, you might want to consider traveling to a more expensive city for a luxury travel experience. Alternatively, visit a country that has a lower budget but equally exciting and is able to fulfill your travel desire.
- How long you plan to travel?Your travel destination is very much depending on how much time you have for travels and whether you're willing to travel further away or nearer to your residing country. If you're taking two weeks off from work, try to consider a destination which is further away from your country. Perhaps, go on a road trip to countries like Australia, New Zealand or any European country that suits your preference.
- Who do you travel with?When you're planning for your holiday, try looking into who you're traveling with. Whether or not you're traveling alone, with your family or as in a couple, you'll find this factor extremely important as it affects very much on everything. Try to sit down and discuss, don't be shy to voice out your opinion. However, if you're traveling in a family, try looking into a bigger picture by considering the landscape, the activities, transportation and etc. It's better to discuss and plan ahead first before it's too late.
- When to go?You know yourself the best. If you don't like traveling in a rainy season, try to do some research regarding the season of your dream destination. Alternatively, look for a place to travel during the low season to avoid the crowd if you're looking for a more relaxing holiday.
Step 2: Booking Your Flight
- Flight comparisonHead down to Google flight comparison or Skyscanner to for a cheaper fare price. These flight comparison website helps you to compare different airlines and flight time with just a few clicks. Now you don't have to spend hours in front of the computer, researching for an airline that suits your budget.
Step 3: Travel Requirements
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- Visa check
Most of the time, if you're traveling to China, you're required to get a visa before entering the country. However, if you're unsure if you needed a visa to enter the country, check out the requirements at your embassy website. It is always a good idea to research ahead as it's not always the same case where you can apply for a visa on arrival. Some countries require a visa before you travel.
- Passport check
It is the worst nightmare if you realize that the validity of your passport is due a few days before your departure. Always check your passport before making a booking for a flight. This way you'll know when you can travel and know when to renew your passport if necessary.
Step 4: Book Your Accommodation Right
- Search for deals
Instead of booking directly with a hotel, why not try to search for deals online at a third-party website. My favorite accommodation search website it booking.com as they are easy to use and it has a very wide choice of accommodation to choose from. Depending on your preferences like late check-in feature, beachside hotel, free cancellation and etc, you'll easily filter it on booking.com.
- Breakfast and bed
Besides the hotel, Airbnb is possibly the best option for you. If you're traveling in a family, having the whole property to yourself seems to be a better choice. You get to have more space, privacy, and the best part is just so much cheaper than a family room in a hotel.
Step 5: Things to do, to eat
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- Create a to-do-list
Find out what are the attractions, pre-book your tickets if possible to avoid the queue and to save some cash for an emergency. If you're into sight-seeing, try to check out the free activities that you can do in the city or find out the specific dates that the activities are held during your visit. If you're unsure what to do or where to get those tickets, try to visit attraction websites like Klook or Viator.
- Restaurant list
I am not kidding when I say I always have a list of restaurant that serves good food on my travel list. This way I don't need to worry about where to go for lunch or dinner, having to worry about getting bad food and always ended up with a big smile on my face. Also, ask around what are the must-try food at the place you're visiting so that you don't miss the chance of expanding your palate. For example, if you're in Japan, you have to try out their sushi or ramen instead of sticking yourself up with just burgers and fries.
Step 6: Back up important documents
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- Hard copy printings
Always have your flight documents, hotel bookings, attraction bookings and etc printed out, just in case of an emergency. Whether or not you like it, this is a safety measure that no one can avoid. It gives you a security and most importantly, you don't have to risk having being denied on check-in with a solid evidence on your hand.
- Back up on icloud, google documents
If you think a hard copy is sufficient, it is not! I repeat it is not! Always back up with extra copies online so that you can access anytime anywhere in the world. The best app that I use is google documents, Evernote, icloud and also my email. This way, even though you lost your hard copy, you still have a back up to prove.
Step 7: Transportation
After everything is done, it's time to decide how you should get around in the city that you're traveling to. For example, if you're visiting a modern city like in Singapore, instead of renting a car, try to use to local transportation like MRT, or just take a cab because it's cheap and convenient. However, if you're visiting a European country, travel with local transport or by bike definitely more economical than taking a cab due to the price difference.
Step 8: Money, banks, and currencies
Here's the article that helps you to understand currency exchange and teaches you how to avoid money loss when exchanging different currencies.
Step 9: Travel Insurance
Here's an article that is perfect to expose you with all you need to know about travels. Eg, what kind of travel insurance to get, how to get, how much you should pay and etc.
Step 10: Enjoy your holiday
It's called a holiday because you won't need to frustrate and worry about work. This holiday because it's the perfect time for you to take a step back from work, focus on what you've missed from immersing yourself into the virtual world. Take your stresses off to enjoy the time with your family and friends before you ride on the next waves again.
Overall, I hope you enjoy reading this article and hopefully, it helps to plan your perfect holiday. Always remember, prevention is always better than cure. So, look at every detail before making any decision and most importantly, always enjoy every moment and every time during your vacation. It's something that you're going to remember it for life. So, why not make it a perfect holiday and let the happy moment stays forever in your memory.
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