So it’s officially Spring, and with three trips already booked for this year it’s time to come out of hibernation and start planning those impending trips away. I like to try and be as organised as I can to avoid that helpless tourist look and so that I don’t waste anytime whilst I am there. With that in mind I thought I would share with you some of my best travel tips for when booking and planning a trip.
1. Check your passport.
It’s important to check the expiry date on your passport as some country’s require a certain period of time left on your passport to enter the country. Requiring a new passport can also be a lengthy process so take this into consideration when booking a trip. The same goes for visa restrictions and vaccinations. The more remote the destination, the more chances you will need some sort of vaccination.
2. Set yourself a budget.
I admit it, this is one of my downfalls. I used to have a buy now, worry later attitude when it came to planning a trip, however I have set myself clear, realistic budgets this year in hoping to squeeze in as many breaks away as I can. In short, budget and stick to it.
3. Shop around.
Package holidays are always an option if you’re looking for a quick break but if you are looking to create your own unique trip its a good idea to shop around. Airline prices can dramatically fluctuate. Sign up to airline and hotel mailing lists, or follow on social media. When an airline announces its summer or winter timetable, the quicker you book, the cheaper the seats tend to be. You could also book accommodation through AirBnB, it tends to be a lot cheaper than staying in a hotel .
It’s important to do your research before you arrive. Tailor your trip to suit you. Create a destination inspiration board over on Pinterest, like my one below, to pin all the things you want to see and do, and for places to eat or stay. Use it as your personal travel guide!
If you prefer a travel guide in book form, I would recommend the Wallpaper City Guides by Phaidon. They are full of useful information, are beautifully presented and are a great reference for discovering new places.
5. Insurance, Travel Money & Phone.
– You should always travel with insurance. It’s that simple.
– When changing currency don’t order on a whim, wait until you can find the best rate.The exchange rate changes daily and it also varies on where you purchase it from. Or if you don’t like the idea of carrying a lot of money I would recommend speaking to your bank about the cheapest and safest way to use a credit or debit card abroad. Halifax offer the fixed rate ‘Clarity Card’ which will not incur those transaction fees on any international purchases. Also make sure your bank is aware that you will be leaving the country as they tend to put a hold on your card for any suspicious transactions.
– If you plan on using your mobile (cell) phone abroad, make sure you know what charges you will incur. It’s never fun realising you have been charged £20 to upload one photo to instagram.
Travel can be stressful, the key is organisation. What are your key travel tips?
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