Top 5 Trip-Planning Tips

I have planned two incredible trips in the past six months. One to New Zealand for 13 days (posts Coming Soon!) and one to Spain & Portugal for 10 days for a family friend. I started planning trips when I was studying abroad and I have since advanced in learning what works (and doesn’t work) when planning a trip. A lot of my family and friends always question how I know what to do and how overwhelmed they would be if they had to plan a trip. Now, I can’t give away all my secrets but let me give you a few tips to get you started.

  1. Know the general time frame you want to travel. The more flexibility you have, the more options that you will be presented with. If you have strict travel dates then you may be limited but it will take a lot of guess work out of your whereabouts.
  2. Determine your budget. You may have all these tours and activities you may want to complete but you need to make sure you are not going to break the bank. Once you have a budget, STICK TO IT. You do not want to find yourself in tons of debt when you get back. With this being said, keep an open mind because you do not want to give up something you were really looking forward to because you went $20 over. Track ever dollar you spend.
  3. Book your flights first. A lot people think this is obvious but you wouldn’t believe the number of people that book their hotels first. Once you book your flights, you know the dates of travel and can plan anything and everything from there. If you book something else first, you are confining yourself to that date, in that specific place. I recommend watching travel deal websites for flight deals (which will also help with your budget).
  4. Use Pinterest and travel blogs to research where you are traveling. You will get firsthand accounts of people who already traveled to this region or locals who may have some insider tips. The big travel tip companies are great but those tend to lead you towards the most touristy things possible. Thousands of people are reading the same thing which means you are not the only one to have this “idea”. Obviously visiting the major landmarks is part of a trip but you can still get into a local mindset and find hidden gems by avoiding these sites. Make a Pinterest board for each trip to keep everything in one place and allow you go back if you need to for more information.
  5. Plan the bare bones of your itinerary before booking hotels and activities. Make sure you are seeing the most important things before allocating your time to the next stop on your trip. You do not want to travel to a specific city or country and not see the one thing you went there for in the first place all due to bad planning (or lack of).

This is just a start to all the tips that go along with planning a trip. It can be as easy or as hard as you make it. Your trip can be as planned out or as bare boned as you make it. Traveling is a passion, a way of life. Everyone has a different way of preparing for a trip but knowing the steps to make the most of your time is extremely important.

Booking your next trip and still need help? Contact me here and I will be happy to assist. I can plan an entire tour start to finish or fill in the blanks and make sure nothing was missed.

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Hi! I'm Amy, an Upstate New York native and now a Boston, Massachusetts transplant! I currently work in the travel industry and have expanded my love of travel with this travel blog and planning trips all around the world. I still have so many places I want to visit but for now, you can read about my adventures !

13 thoughts on “Top 5 Trip-Planning Tips

  1. I have to admit I do generally book my hotels first. I always have a fair I idea of what dates I’ll be travelling so I use Booking.com, where you can book now & pay later, to book accommodation so I don’t miss out on any good deals. Once I have my flights though, I will generally book direct with the hotel if I can

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    1. Hi Sarah! Thanks for reading! I can definitely see where you are coming from with booking hotels first. I also use booking.com because of their awesome “pay later, no cancellation fee” policy. My only problem with that is I tend to move around a lot when I travel so I need to know my flights and where I will be city-wise before booking hotels or I’d spend half my time changing my hotels! If I know for sure that I need to be in a city on a certain day, I will make my accommodation arrangements before my flights.

      Thanks for visiting and adding some input!

      Amy

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      1. Good point! I’m very anal when it comes to travel planning haha and usually have very set plans. I need to work on the ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ a bit more 😀

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      2. You can do it! I’m anal when we actually get there (we need to be on time, you can’t eat breakfast cause you didn’t get up early enough, etc.) I’m super type A (should I even admit to this?!) but the one thing I let go is the dates so I have flexibility and my job is pretty easy going. I still do everything MONTHS in advance but I give just a little wiggle room. If you ever want more pointers, let me know!

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      3. Cool thanks!!! I am trying to learn to be like that. I’m doing a small road trip at the end of the month and I haven’t even booked accommodation because I’m not actually sure where I will be – of course the thought of that is stressing me out but I’m sure I’ll be able to find a motel somewhere (I hope! haha)

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      4. Haha! I am glad that this was so helpful! Planning a trip can be difficult, some even say its a skill to be able to plan a trip from start to finish but I find it to be a passion. Thanks for reading!

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