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4 Things Nobody Told You About Planning A Trip

Bags and visa, check. Passport and local map, check. You are ready for a great vacation ahead but you don’t want a travel agent to plan your itinerary for you. If you are the kind of person who would rather explore the world by yourself, this guide is for you. Take a look at easy hacks that can come in useful for your next trip.

Destination Ahoy!
Do you plan to take along the entire family for your 25th wedding anniversary celebration on board a cruise or is it just you for company? Start off by setting aside a certain amount of money for your holiday. Once you decide the budget, the next step is to find out where you plan to travel. If you already have a place in mind, this simplifies things.

Make use of travel apps and tools to search for destinations based on criteria like adventure, beach, wildlife and honeymoon. Once you get the list you can simplify the search by setting an upper limit on the price or choosing from travel options. Based on your personal choice and interest, finalize the destination so you can check for flight deals online.

Book Air Tickets
One of the most ridiculous practice is that a large chunk of money is allotted for flight bookings. Airfare to Thailand is expensive while the cost of living is considerably low. If you wish to travel to Iceland, the flight expense is low, and things can get pricier when you reach the place.

One of the best ways to book a flight ticket is to visit the airline’s website and check the available offers. There are travel aggregators like Orbitz that help you earn points with every booking. If you own a credit card, redeem the points to book tickets for your journey.

Avoid the use of third party resources for booking tickets. When you book direct from an airline website it is easier to deal in case of flight cancellations. You are also eligible for travel insurance that is covered by your local bank.

Book Rooms
If this is your first trip, it can be a daunting task to decide where you plan to stay. Look up reliable sources like Airbnb and Foursquare that provide travelers plenty of stay options. You can learn more about the neighborhood and businesses that thrive in the area. Read through customer reviews to understand what other travelers suggest.

Once you decide where you want to stay, look for the amenities provided by them. Is there Wi-Fi facility, room cleaning service and other relevant necessities for your trip? Don’t just glance at the room description. Read between the lines, literally, as there can be hidden charges in the form of tax.

If you are on a budget, do not get lured by the word ‘hotel’. There are several inns and guest houses that offer you facilities like game rooms, gym and rooftop bars, which makes them no different from other hotels.

Download Apps
Keep in mind that you will be working in offline mode or there will be limited network access in certain areas. To avoid overindulging on your roaming plan, handy apps like Google Maps and Google Translate work in offline mode. Remember to download the language ahead of time or save an area for navigation.

An economical option would be to use Facebook Messenger or Viber to call your family. Make sure that your hotel Wifi is strong enough to support a good quality video or voice call.