Does the thought of going on vacation make you excited as well? Same here… 😉
But planning a trip gets on your nerves… then I am sure the below checklist will help you to plan your trip in a Soooper easy way like a travel agent. 

Travel Tips
Travel Tips

Get documents in order:

Planning an International trip is only possible when you have your PASSPORT in place. If not, then don’t worry, apply & get it asap. If you already possess one then don’t forget to check its “EXPIRY”. Many countries won’t allow you to enter if the passport is getting expired within 6 months after your departure from their country.
Not all countries have Visa on Arrival for foreign travelers. Some countries take a longer period to process your visa. Hence, prepare all the necessary documents required for visa application.

This step gets eradicated when your vacation is within your home country.

Ideally planning should start at least 3 months prior.
I come across lot of people who realizes that they want to travel after 2 weeks. Hardly do they realize that this will not only drain out there energy but they will also have to shell out more money than usual on flight/ train, hotel bookings. Especially for international trips.

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Know your budget

Of your saving/ profits/ piggy bank money / bonus / secondary income etc.  get the total amount in place that you have decided to splurge on traveling to your dream destination.

A ratio of 70:30 will be suggested.
What’s this??? I’ll explain…
70% of your total budget should be utilized for booking the services prior to your departure. For instance: flights/trains, visas, hotels, sightseeing, meals, commutation & so on of your travel destination.
Remaining 30% for on-road expenses ( currency, local shopping, tips, ingesting some street food, etc)

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Finalize destination

Depending upon the budget surf the destination online.
The easiest method to know approx cost is to browse the tourism board website & combine those with airfare/ rail fare.

NOTE: If your destination is fixed then you have to work on your budget after finalization of your country/ city.

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Check air tickets

Needless to describe this.
Still, for the people who are new to wonders of the internet.

1. Every other travel portal offers airline tickets on their website.
2. You can approach your local travel agents too for tickets.
3. Call the airlines directly.
4. Check your CASHBACK offers.

#TravelLikeAPro: While consulting for air tickets, always check the cancellation fees, if meals are included & baggage allowance.

#TravelLikeAPro: After issuing your air tickets ask the airlines if they can block the seat (number) for free. Please do not approach low cost airline for this. If at all there’s a denial then you can always do WEB CHECK-IN 24 hrs prior to your departure. 

Google Flights
Google Flights

Fix entry & exit points

I get a lot of responses like we just pack our bags, kick start our bikes & go touring around. Impromptu travel works out good for short trips which is within 400 km. Even if you don’t plan your trips, you have to chalk-out your entry & exit cities.  Especially for international travel, its best suggested to do so.

#TravelLikeAPro: Many cities have 2 airports. While booking for flight tickets check “Nearby “ airports too, the prices may differ & you might save a lot.

Fix tentative itinerary

Planning is of utmost importance. Good planning is half work done. Planning an itinerary will help you to know the schedule of the sightseeing of your interest, what to skip, what not to miss, opening hours of a museum, last metro train for the day, etc.

#TravelLikeAPro: Do not backtrack. It will merely waste your time, energy & money.

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Browse sightseeing

Before heading towards your destination jolt down the major attraction of the city. These can be easily found on the tourism website, travel portals & on Tripadvisor
Majority of the sightseeing will be near to each other

#TravelLikeAPro: Now-a-days hashtags (#) are famous. Use the # of the place you wish to visit from your Instagram profile… Bingo there will be a list of images clicked by the real traveller.

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Check stay option

Any touristy place has ample stay option. Choose your stay according to the intrinsic nature of the place. For instance

If traveling the Maldives, opt for a stay on the Island. Resorts offer myriad options from overwater bungalow to the beach bungalow. 
Or if visiting Masai Mara go for Camps & lodges to feel the real effervescence of the reserve.

How to know the best stay option?? Well, that’s very simple, browse TripAdvisor or get the help of Google maps.

Approx cost of the mode of transport.

International: When it comes to traveling internally within the city, the cost of metro or trains can be checked through the app or website.

Domestic: Authentic info on train connections are available on IRCTC. If you wish to go by roadways then take the help of OLA, UBER.

#TravelLikeAPro:  Reach your hotel concierge, he will be the best person to help out.

Book services

Now that you have an approx cost of your travel,  start booking your services one by one. It is always recommended to start with flight tickets / rail tickets than proceeding ahead with hotels, sightseeings & other stuff.

Create a packaging list

So you have booked your tickets, confirmed your stay & finalized your sightseeing, you are all set to just pack your bags & head to your destination. Just prepare a list of items that you would want to carry along with you.

Write down all the essential things required for your travel. From lip balms to sunscreen, shoes to chappal, medicines, camera batteries, etc.

#TravelLikeAPro: Set your weather widget for your destination atleast 20-30 day prior to you departure, so that you can have an overview on hows the climate there. And bingo!! You can pack your bags accordingly.

#TravelLikeAPro: Buy travel Insurance. It might be a minuscule thing but is very beneficial at the time of crisis.

Points in jiffy

1. Get documents in order.
2. Know your budget.
3. Finalize destination.
4. Check air tickets.
5. Fix entry & exit points.
6. Browse sightseeing.
7. Check stay options
8. Mode of transport.
9. Book the services.
10. Create a packaging list

I am sure this will help you to get things sorted out for your next vacation. Do let me know what is your destination you would like to try these tips on?

How about trying these tips on your next tour to Singapore??? Scan the sightseeings here


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