Monthly Archives: February 2017

Travel Planning

Going on an out-of-town vacation can be quite demanding especially if you’re planning it personally. You have to look for the location, book an accommodation and organize your itinerary. Budget is also another issue of concern. For most of us, travel planning is not a simple thing to do, but if you know the basics then the rest will be easy. Several factors such as purpose, place, budget and time is all you need to know to get you started in your travel planning.

Purpose – This is quite important to discuss with yourself and your travel buddy. Of course it is a given that the main objective of any vacation is relaxation, but as simple as it is, we as tourists always love to add a few small details. For example, do you want to go swimming? Perhaps try on new water sports? On the other hand, maybe you want to escape the busy streets and go on a hike somewhere? Or rather, you prefer sight-seeing and spending time in a foreign place or better yet experience a new kind of adventure, perhaps zip-lining, wall climbing, mountain biking, etc.

Another thing, events such as wedding, honeymoon, anniversary celebration, family vacation, and family reunion or probably a trip with your friends also count as a purpose, so do consider those details. Now why is it important to know the purpose? Knowing can help you choose your destination and itinerary. Selecting a destination is much simpler if you already have an idea on what you want to do from the start.

Place – A wise traveler always does his own research first. Knowing a few things about your travel destination can help you familiarize with the place. In my experience, before choosing any destination, I usually ask myself a few things such as: “Is there anything interesting that I can do here?” or maybe, “Can I afford to go on this trip” or “Do they have any type of promos or special packages?” These questions can guide you in your research. For starters, you can check out various websites that contain information about your prospect destination. And while you’re at it, check out their accommodation rates or any special promos. Researching would literally save you time and money. Doing this could probably spare you from ending up with an unpleasant vacation.

Another important thing to remember, in choosing a travel destination always consider your travel buddies. For example, choose a more child friendly location if you’re planning on bringing kids with you. Furthermore, I suggest to try searching for vacation packages online or through a travel agent, especially if you’re planning for a long vacation since availing one can be quite convenient.

Budget – Estimating the total budget needed for any kind of out-of-town trip depends on several things such as the destination, duration of the trip, number of people going on this trip and the manner of accommodation. For example, will you be staying on a budget or perhaps enjoy a luxurious vacation? After you have settled all of this, then congratulations! You now have an estimated budget limit. All that’s left to do is to compare this calculated amount to your estimated expense and if everything fits in smoothly then you got yourself a vacation else, you can always start again.

Time – For me, this is the most crucial part of travel planning, especially if you’re the busy type of person. Finding the right time when to spend your vacation can be quite arduous, unless of course if you have a good stock of vacation leaves. This factor is also essential in determining what kind of activity is available to you. Remember that there is always what we call a seasonal vacation. For example, spending a summer vacation would mean spending a lot of time on the beach while a winter vacation would mean skiing in the mountains or traveling to tropical countries to avoid the cold climate. Furthermore, travel dates are very important if you are planning to avail of special promos and packages. However, if you can afford it, I suggest to avoid travelling during the peak season.

How to Make Travel Planning Wardrobe Decisions

Is there anything as stressful as travel planning and wardrobe planning for your travels? You have to worry about airport traffic, security checkpoints, and if adding a string bikini to your already overstuffed luggage will trigger an overweight luggage fee that even loan sharks call excessive. But, there is an upside! Because of a more thorough TSA, you can get your baggage scanned and a gynecological exam at the same time. Here are some travel and packing tips to help you navigate travel planning and wardrobe decision making.

Is your trip for business or pleasure? If your trip is for business, then you have to be extra careful packing because as a woman business trips mean that you cannot repeat outfits during your trip, particularly if it is a conference or anything that there are going to be many pictures. It will require extra careful prep planning for your wardrobe. Celebrities have wardrobe stylists who prepare their outfits for press tours and trips since their photos end up everywhere. If you are a guest speaker at a conference or trade show, you will also need to pay maniacal attention to your wardrobe to ensure that you are chic in every picture snapped.

Your wardrobe for a business trip does require more items and it might even require you to check a bag. However, you do have options. You can ship your clothing ahead of time to make sure it arrives in one piece and on time. That is another task that is performed by wardrobe stylists for photo shoots in exotic locales or if you are dressing other VIPs for exclusive events.

If this trip is for pleasure then wardrobe is a whole differently animal. While you still can’t show up to the first class lounge in six year old Juicy sweats and mismatched flip-flops, you can be more efficient in your wardrobe planning. A travel tip revealed by Kelly Ripa is to wear the same outfit to and from your travel location. It is your travel outfit and it will prevent this outfit from taking up valuable real estate in your suitcase.

There are two schools of thought concerning preparation for emergencies in travel planning and wardrobe. Some fashion experts say don’t bother planning for contingencies as you can purchase anything you missed once you arrive at your destination. The other fashion experts (some of these experts may also answer to a nickname of neurotic) say to always plan for contingencies. This means throwing in an extra pair of underwear and socks into your suitcase and maybe even an additional outfit. This depends on your own personal comfort level with uncertainty and how jam packed your schedule is. If there is no time on your itinerary to run errands then pack for contingencies.

Travel Planning Steps to Success

When you are embarking on a travel, the planning is the most important thing you need to do. You have to make sure everything is in order. Even the best things-the best vacation destination, the best hotel, etc.-can be of no avail if you have planned incorrectly.

Here is a travel planning guide you can use. It tells you of a systematic approach to plan your travel, which ensures you have a great time.

Research for the Destination

Where will you be going? This is the first thing you need to decide. The destination should be something that everyone in your party wishes to visit. That makes the vacation more enjoyable. It is great if there’s someone in the party who has visited the destination before, but if not, you need to get as much information as possible. Every popular vacation destination has a tourist website of its own, which is mostly run by the government of the place. Take some time out to research for your options through this website. Get somewhat acquainted with what kind of place it is-conservative or liberal as regards tourists, what kind of food you will get there, the climate, the appropriate dress to wear, the language to speak, etc.

What to Visit

Most people think about the hotel first and then what they would want to visit. This is the wrong way to go about it. First, you must draw up a list of the attractions the place has and then decide which of these you want to visit. Then you must chart out your route, or you could even call it your itinerary. This helps make more focused plans.

The Accommodation

Once you have the places you want to visit listed, you must look for accommodation in the nearby areas. This reduces the hassle and the cost of inner-city traveling. For accommodation, the Internet is your best guide. Every hotel worth its name has a website and you can book from there. Don’t underestimate the power of travel directories either. They will give you good comparative rates of different local hotels from which you can choose the one you like best. You can also read reviews here.

The Travel

You need to make your travel arrangements. Choose the mode you will need to, or like to, take-flight, rail, road, ship, whichever. Then see what dates are available. Getting tickets could be a problem if the place is very popular and it’s the peak season. That’s the reason why you should book travel and accommodation simultaneously, after finding out what options you have with both of them. Also, there are various websites that can give you great packages for travel and accommodation together, with goodies such as sightseeing trips thrown in.

Other Necessaries

Inner city travel is an important thing to book beforehand, or you should at least know what options you have. If the party is big, it makes sense to hire a private vehicle. Otherwise, you must find out about how you can use the local public transport. Also, find out about what sightseeing trips, cruises, adventure packages, etc. the place has. Book anything you want to check out, especially if it is very popular. Try to do your travel planning beforehand which ensures a relaxing time during the entire trip.