There are few things in life more wonderful than travel. Being able to get away from it all and experience something totally new is something that every single person should experience as often as they possibly can. Of course, as wonderful as it can be, things can go wrong while you’re travelling. And generally speaking, there’s one major reason why it happens: a lack of preparation. If you’re not as prepared as possible before you take any kind of trip, whether it’s a short vacation or a journey around the world, then things are a lot more likely to go wrong. Of course, because of that, the solution is incredibly simple: making sure that you’re fully prepared before you even set off. With that in mind, here are some things about your trip that you need to make sure that you plan for before you leave home.
How am I getting around? – One of the biggest problems that unprepared travellers find themselves bumping into is that they don’t actually know how they’re going to get around when they arrive at their destination. For one thing, public transport may not be ideal in many places, and if it is you don’t know how expensive it’s going to be. If you’re trying to get around somewhere large like a European country then hiring a vehicle from somewhere like Eurocar may well be your best option. Whereas if you’re somewhere more pedestrianised and crowded then things like trains or even more local public transport methods like the Indian tuk-tuks can be fantastic.
What you I afford? – As much as it would be nice if this weren’t the case, travelling is always going to involve a pretty decent amount of money. Sure, there are plenty of ways to save money and travel on a budget, but you’re still going to need to pay for a lot of things. When you’ve got transport, accommodation, and luggage costs, the last thing you want is to realise that you’re going to end up being unable to afford to actually do anything while you’re travelling. The best way to avoid this is to figure out how much you’ll have to spend well in advance, as well as thinking carefully about the kinds of things that you’ll want to actually do while you’re there so that you can more carefully budget for them.
Where am I staying? – As fun as the idea of showing up to a new place with no idea where you’re going to stay that night might be, you’re just as likely to end up in some kind of disgusting, low grade motel with bugs everywhere, as you are to discover some kind of hidden gem or charming B&B. Even if you don’t want to commit to a single specific place that you’re going to stay during your trip, at the very least you should do some research about the kinds of places that are available. Depending on what time of year you go travelling and where you may even want to book your accommodation ahead of time. There are plenty of periods throughout the year where even the most well-hidden accommodation can end up getting booked up well in advance, and you really don’t want to end up in a position where it’s getting late, and you don’t have anywhere to stay when you’re thousands of miles from home.
Do I have any health limitations? – Far too often people end up ignoring their health when it comes to their travels. After all, who wants to think about that stuff when you’d rather be seeing the sights and enjoying the culture of a new place? However, your health is one of the most important things to think about while you’re away from home, no matter where you are. After all, if you end up getting sick or injured during a trip, there’s a chance that it could end up ruining the entire thing. One of the most important things that you can do is to take out travel insurance before you go anywhere. You need to make sure that your policy covers where you’re going as well as any possible things that could happen to you while you’re there. Otherwise, you could end up not only missing out on your trip but spending a lot of money because of something that wasn’t even your fault in the first place.
What will I do when I get there? – No matter how it might feel at the time, all travel is temporary. Eventually, you’re going to run out of time and have to come home. Whether that happens sooner or later is up to you, but either way, it’s going to happen, and the last thing that you want is to realise that you wasted huge chunks of your trip because you didn’t plan for what you’d actually do while you were there. Sure, you’ll want to leave some things to chance and enjoy the surprise of discovering new things, but it’s always a good idea to think carefully about how you’re going to spend your trip and plan for specific activities and events on specific days. Not only does this guarantee that you’re going to do something interesting on your trip, but it makes it a bit more organised which massively reduces the chances of you wasting away the time you have during your trip trying to figure out how you’re going to spend it. You can still have plenty of moments of spontaneity, but it’s a good idea to balance those out with organised moments that you can be sure about just in case any of the things that you didn’t have planned end up falling through.
Of course, you shouldn’t take this to mean that being spontaneous when you’re travelling is inherently a bad thing. The truth is that there are few things more exciting than a sudden trip or heading to the airport to catch the next plane to lord-knows-where. However, there are always things that you can plan for and whether possible, make sure that you know what you’re doing. Remember, there a big difference between being spontaneous and being irresponsible!