Are you going abroad for a long time? You need a travel planner though. Plan where to go and how long for. Fix the budget, book you accommodation and get your documents ready. Immerse yourself in local culture and enjoy this amazing experience.
I worked 5 years as planner before to quit my job for travelling and for this I enjoyed so much writing a Travel Planner.
This article wants to provide you a general idea about how to plan activities and schedule times and costs to plan your long trip abroad
- Plan where to go
First of all, start to plan your long trip abroad stabilising where you want to go. If you already have a specific idea regarding the place/es you want to visit, you are ready to start researching on-line about habits, culture, climate, and facilities of your destination. Visit travel forums or web sites to compare opinions and get information.
If you are looking for a destination/s you can get inspired by travel deals on-line or comparing price using SkyScanner. In addition you can also search on-line what to do/see: try to use TripAdvisor for example. Consider the possibility to book a multi-stop flight: before to reach your final destination you may see more places, saving also money. Most airlines companies have this option (Tap Portugal, Air Asia, Jet Airways, American Airlines, British airways, Lufthansa)
- Plan how long for
Define when to go. This will depend on the time you can get off at work, if you are planning a gap year abroad or if you are a fugitive traveler.
Also consider travelling in low season. Sometime the weather is not so bad and you can save a lot of money and avoid busy tourist periods. Topical regions, for example, may have strong rainfall during wet seasons, but after 20 minutes very often the sun returns to shine in the sky.
Find out about the weather before to set-up your travelling dates.
Determinate how long you can spend travelling, taking into the account time, resources you have or you will have available and your travel budget.
- Plan what to do there
Settle a generic itinerary, even if not detailed and determinate, this helps to have an idea about how enjoy a new place, but it’s also a good start point for building your travel budget. Internet offers always so many free resources, you need just to get inspired!
Make a list of what you would like to visit and write down how to get around, which transportation you’re going to use and how it works.
You can also consider to buy a worldwide flight ticked to reach many cities using one ticket at convenient prices.
La Habana, Cuba
- Fix the budget
Furthermore to plan your long trip abroad you must define a budget. Write down all costs you may incur to, including: flights, trains, buses, accommodations, insurance, visa, food, nigh out, things you can need to buy. Estimate a total cost.
If for example you short 1000$ to reach your budget and you are travelling in 6 months,it means you’ll need to save 5.5$ per day to achieve your budget. Think which costs you can cut down and start to save from now.
- Make flight reservations
Book your flights on-line: search for deals or last minute simply using Google.com or compare prices with Sky Scanner. Ask your firends that alrady have been there. Visit flight companies web sites to search for offers or multi-stop flights. Use different airway companies and build your own multi-stop flight.
- Buy a travel insurance
Buy a travel insurance covering medical and personal issues. You can get assistance and money back if you lose your luggages, miss your flight, cancel your holiday or in case of health problems for example.
- Book your accommodation
Reserve on line using for instance, Booking, Agoda, Hostelworld and Air B&B or join a travel group on Facebook to ask for advice and to find a place to stay directly on site. Search natives on social networks travel groups to get the best tips.
- Apply for VISA/Passport
Get information on-line regarding costs, times, requirements and duration before to apply for VISA. Control your passport and check the expiring date. Get prepared 1 month before to leave.
- Check vaccinations
Check on line the vaccinations required for the country you are travelling to. Ask you doctor and call a vaccination centre. Get ready at least a month an half before to leave, some vaccines need to be done twice to be effective.
- Notify you are leaving
Provide address and telephone numbers to your family and friends. If you are going in a dangerous place check if possible to notify your trip to the competent authority in your own country.
- Contact your bank
Advise your bank you are leaving and make sure you can withdraw abroad, get info about fees and credit travels card (which can also help you to earn miles and travel for free). Make sure to have also some cash with you in case of any issue.
- Take medicines with you
Buy a medicine kit for travels and ask your doctor which drugs you should take with you.
- Buy a map
Get a city map or download it on your mobile phone. Make sure to have a GPS on your mobile or I-pad.
- Plan what to take with you.
Take an I-phone or an I-pad to download useful traveler’s apps and take good photos. Buy a portable battery for long trips. Take medicines, a book, a notepad, a copy of your documents, an adaptor if required, a micro-fibre shower towel and travel pillow. Think about the things you may need, mostly the ones hard to find where you are going to.
Chose few cloths, put 5 outfits together before to leave and do it thinking about the weather you will find there. Take 2 pair of shoes and a flip-flop.
- Pack, check and go!
Pack light, chose a backpack with a strong back support and with lateral openings, this helps to find stuff easily. Travel also with a little trolley backpack, can be multi-functional and it is easy to carry around, specially if you are using a backpack as main baggage.
It is important to be prepared before a travel, and guidelines are always useful mostly for solo travelers, but remember sometimes the best trips are the ones you don’t plan so much.
So, dream, explore, feel, get carried away by excitement and let you itinerary grow with you on the way.