by Fareeha Umair @DastaanWorld
Travel planning can be time consuming and stressful. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned traveler, the following 10 tips will make your next trip easier to plan.
Check Visa and Passport Requirements
Do you know how many people get this wrong? Remember, you may have to wait a month or more after applying for a visa or passport. Some countries for instance may ask for passports that are valid for 6 extra months when you visit. So before traveling, research those requirements beforehand.
Review Travel Warnings
This may put a damper on your mood, but always check official travel warnings before a trip. You really don’t want to be stuck in a country that is going through a political upheaval. Even transportation strikes can leave you stranded leading to a wasted trip.
Check Weather Conditions
You can have a memorable or nightmarish trip depending on the weather. Never take this for granted! Even if it is warm in Spring in Spain for example, it rains buckets in Bali during the same season. So look up the weather conditions of the days you will be traveling beforehand.
Figure out how much extra money you will need after choosing a travel destination. Take into account not only the hotel and travel costs but also entrance fees and ticket costs for sightseeing trips. Just between you and me, you can save a lot of money by sticking to AirBNB.
Location and Distance
Depending on your destination, you may be overwhelmed with the activities and experiences on offer. Make the most of your trip by breaking down areas and by making a list of the most important ones you have to visit. Use a map and schedule those visits so you don’t miss out on anything.
The best way to experience local culture is through food but it doesn’t have to expensive. Rather than booking a table at a swanky restaurant hit the local stalls and food market for cheaper fare. Savor the local cuisine and recharge affordably at the same time.
Count the Days
Unless you have a generous budget and can afford a longer vacation, you will have to fit your activities according to available days. That way you can come up with a rough estimate on how you want to spend said days. Don’t forget to account for your arrival and departure dates.
Get a Medical Checkup
Travel can play havoc with your health no matter how healthy you are so get a checkup beforehand. If you are on regular prescription medication plan ahead and take the prescription with you. It may get confiscated at the airport otherwise.
Get an International Driver’s License
Many people don’t know this but your local driver’s license is not acceptable in another country. You need to get an international license to be allowed to drive overseas. If you are pulled over and don’t have it, you can go to jail.
Have printouts of your itinerary, travel tickets and hotel bookings on hand in case you lose anything. Make sure to email copies to yourself as a precaution. You may be asked to produce this at check-in and during security checks.
Plan your travels smartly and you can save a lot of money in the bargain. These tips will help!