I’ve collected the Top 10 Tips to have the best trip ever. From choosing which city to visit through booking your accommodation to posting pictures on the social media. Stay tuned, because soon I’ll share with you a free checklist, that can help you to plan your next trip.
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Here is the list of the best tips and later in the post, we’ll talk about them separately. Probably you know some of the suggestions, maybe you’ve never heard of others. Anyway, I hope this list will be helpful to you.
- Pre-plan / Make lists!
- Choose the destination
- Find cheap flight tickets
- Book your accommodation
- Time to pack
- Copy your documents
- Know the prices
- Meet the locals
- Photos, photos, photos!
Pre-plan / Make lists!
No matter if you plan your trips for the next year, or you’ve decided to go on a weekend road trip with your bestie last night, the number one rule is to plan. And even if you don’t think it that way, you always plan. You plan your days off work. You plan what time to wake up to hit the road. So if you don’t want to wear the same clothes day after day, plan your outfits. If you don’t want to forget something, make a list of all the items you need to take with you. It’s also very frustrating to be tired as hell from exploring a new city all day, just to get back to your hotel room and realize you have forgotten your teeth brush.
Make a list of the places you would like to visit. When my parents came to France to meet me, we spend 4 nights in Paris. The day they arrived, which was our first day, we sat down at the table and while eating camembert and baguettes we planned exactly where we would go and what would we do day by day. We already knew that we wanted to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower and that we didn’t want to go to to the Louvre because we had to spend a whole day there and we didn’t have that much time. But we had three full days and a half to visit all the places we wanted to. So first, we planned before my parents came to Paris and then when we met we just decided where we would go on which day of our stay.
Choose the destination
The basis of having the best trip ever every time you go on a trip is to love the places you’re visiting. Whether you want to visit some famous European city or you want to go to a small town, which name you can’t even pronounce in Africa or in Asia, first you need to choose wisely your destination. Furthermore, make a research on the political situation of the country you are going to if you’re going abroad. You want to go on a vacation, not to war. Also, you would want to check the typical weather for the region.
At the beginning of the year, I planned a trip to Germany to visit my friend there. However I soon as I told him that I planned to go in May, his response was: “Are you crazy, it’s still cold in May!”. Instead, I’ll be working in May and go on a vacation in August or September, when firstly, he’ll have more free time, secondly, I found another friend, who can come with me, and thirdly, I’ll be enjoying the summer weather.
Find cheap flight tickets
The best part about planning ahead is that you can find the best deals. When you plan ahead, you have more time to observe when the prices are going up and when they’re going down. My sister planned a trip to Surrey, UK, to visit our cousin in February. Since mid-September, she was checking the airlines’ sites for offers and deals and finally, she bought her flight tickets with almost 70% discount of the regular price. She bought them on a Black Friday Sale and 3 days later, the tickets were back to their normal price. When you find a good deal, go for it! It’s better to buy an item for €10, although the price might get as low as €8, instead of buying it for €30, right?
Book your accommodation
When you go on a vacation you have two main options for accommodation. First, you can go to a hotel, of course. Second, you can rent an Airbnb flat or room, or house. Personally, I prefer the second option, because it gives you the most freedom. If you rent a flat you can even cook whatever you want whenever you want. That is also the cheapest option.
Of course, if you don’t want to cook and prefer to have your meals ready, then booking a hotel is your option. In most destinations, there’s a variety of hotels to choose from. Keep in mind your budget and then choose whether you would like to book a BB (bed and breakfast), HB (half-board) or FB (full board). Also, consider if you would like your hotel to be in the city center or near a good public transportation connection.
If you go to Paris for the first time, you’ll probably want to climb up the Eiffel Tower. If you go to London, then Big Ben is a must-see. But the most popular tourist attractions are not the only worth visiting. Spend a day or two with your laptop and research what else can that city offer you. Check recommended on the internet places to shop, eat, take a walk, etc. Ask friends or share a post on the social media for recommendations.
Make a copy of your documents
Even if you pack your documents in your carry-on, it doesn’t mean they can’t be lost or stolen. So make sure you have a copy of them both in your checked luggage and in your purse or carry-on. Bonus if you even have a photo of them on your phone. This way, if anything bad happens, you can still identify yourself.
Know the prices
Be sure to check the prices at the city/country you’re visiting before you get there. If you have a friend, who has visited your destination, ask them how much the metro ticket or even the coffee costs. Check the internet, because there’re tons of information and make a sample budget.
Time to pack
If you’re like me and you pack your luggage an hour before you leave your house, the best way to make sure you’re not forgetting something is to have a checklist beside your suitcase. In the next post in this category, you’ll find a free packing checklist, which can make your packing a bit easier.
Meet the locals
When I was in France, I met a girl, Natalie, who quickly became my friend. The weekend after we met, we went together on a trip to Nantes. We choose a flat to stay in, we bought train tickets and we packed our things. It was a spontaneous trip, but sometimes even these small spontaneous trips can be good (if you plan just a bit in advance). Our hosts told us there’s a market in the city center Saturday mornings. So we wake up early and went to check it. It was a gorgeous market, full of flowers, fruits, and veggies, even fish. Sometimes you can discover great places, which only the locals know about.
Photos, photos, photos
A few days before your vacation, upload your photos from your phone to a cloud storage or save them to your computer so you can free up some space. I already had a few trips, where at the middle of the day and in the middle of a city I was trying to connect to a Wi-Fi so I can upload photos to Drive, instead of deleting them so I can make more pictures. Trust me, it’s annoying. But you can skip all this annoyance if you spend some minutes at home taking care of that. But even if you have to do it every second day of your vacation, do it, so you can take as many photos as possible. Memory fades, after all, but photos stay (if you don’t erase or lose them), and they can even refresh your memories.
These are the most essential tips, according to me, when planning a trip. I hope you find this list helpful when you plan your next vacation and if so, tell me in a comment below. Also, if you have other useful tips, share them below, so we can all benefit from them.
Stay tuned, because the next post in the travel category will be about the best packing tips and there you’ll find a free packing checklist.