Planning an overseas trip can be daunting. There’s such a lot of details that you have to think about. What season will it be, what clothes to pack, the best places to eat or stay, your budget… It can be stressful if you don’t know where to begin.
In this post we’ll share our top ten steps for planning an overseas trip. This will ensure you are fully prepared and can enjoy a stress-free vacation. Let’s dig in.
1. Pick a Destination
Firstly, you need to know where you want to go next. Even though a lot of people will work around their budgets, having a clear idea of where you want to go will dictate your trip and influence your budget too. Know where you want to go before getting into details.
2. Select Ideal Travel Dates
Next, you have to map out the time you want to be there for. Be sure to see what the weather is like and decide whether you want to go during winter or summer months. Knowing the length of your holiday will also dictate how much you need to save beforehand.
3. Do Some Research
Now that you have a pretty good idea of the location and the time of your stay, you can start doing some research. This will also play a role in compiling a budget. Find out how much it would cost to eat and stay in the country as well as cost of specific activities you want to do while there.
4. Start Budgeting
After you’ve got your facts and figures, you are ready to draw up your budget. You should have a very good idea of the amount you need for your trip, and start saving. You can cut any living costs that are necessary to ensure you reach your goal quicker.
5. Find Great Flight Deals
If you are not going to book your flights and trip via a travel agent, you’ll need to start scouring the internet for great flight deals. There are loads of platforms that will allow you to look for the most affordable flights out there such as Skyscanner.
6. Book Your Flight
Once you have found the best possible flight for you, it is time to book your flight! How exciting! Keep in mind that booking ahead of time is cheaper than booking on the day. Another point of interest is ensuring you have enough time to catch your next flight if you have a layover.
7. Draw up an Itinerary
By this time, you are probably amped to start packing already, but we’re not quite there yet. Next, you need to draw up an itinerary that maps out your destination and activities and other relevant details. This enables you to ensure you get to see and do everything you want to.
8. Book Accommodation
Now that you have an itinerary, you have an idea of where you will be at a given time during your trip and book accommodation accordingly. Some people prefer booking their accommodation closer to the time, but we’d suggest getting this step done and the costs dealt with beforehand.
9. Get Travel Insurance
While you may think it’s unnecessary to get travel insurance, this is of utmost importance. You never know what might happen during your travels, you may be robbed or your flight is cancelled. Travel insurance covers any unforeseen circumstances, so better get some!
10. Pack and Board
Now that everything is sorted, you can start packing and get ready for your trip! Depending on the length of your stay and the destination, you may need special gear or clothing. Be sure you’ve got everything you need. Once you are packed you are ready to go!
Planning a trip doesn’t have to be stressful. By following our handy steps you’ll find that you’ll be sipping Pina coladas on the beach in no-time! Safe travels, and don’t forget the sunscreen!