How To Take Immediate Action On Planning Your Summer Travels
Are you dreaming of traveling this summer? Good, it’s the perfect time. If you’re like most people, you daydream about traveling, tell your friends that you will plan a trip, and convince yourself that you really will. But, procrastination sets in, uncertainty and fear start to cripple you and time just slips by with no trip in sight.
If you want to travel this summer, the planning needs to start…NOW. So, here is how to take immediate action to get closer to your dream journey.
Pick a Destination
Set your timer for 10 minutes, grab a map and sit down. Where do you want to go? Ideally, you’ll use the pressure of 10 minutes to pick one place of your dreams. But, if you really can’t choose, make a list of no more than five destinations.
Once the timer goes off, take a look at your list and start the next phase.
Evaluate Your Budget
How much mullah do you have? Traveling will be difficult without at least a little bit of cash. You need to determine how much money you can spend on your trip.
Set your trusty timer for 15-20 minutes and start going over finances. What do you have in savings? Do you have any money coming in for your birthday, holidays, or your college graduation? What are your bills?
Once you come up with a number that you are comfortable spending, you can look at your destination list and decide which places to cross off. Don’t have a ton of cash? Maybe two weeks in Paris, London, and Berlin isn’t the best choice. Can’t afford an expensive international flight, maybe that trip to San Diego is a better idea. Cross things off.
Evaluate Your Time
How much time do you have for this trip? Can you get off of work for two weeks? Do you have to be back home for a wedding on a certain date? Perhaps you only have a certain amount of time before school starts again.
Figure out how long you can travel for. This will help you cross more options off the list. Set your timer for ten minutes and start looking at your schedule and calendar.
If you can only travel for a short amount of time, flying to San Diego might make more sense than driving there. If you have a big chunk off time off, taking the journey to Japan could be worth it.
Book Your Travel
Once you know how much money you can spend and how much time you have, the list should be short enough now to make a decision on a destination. And, once you have that destination in mind, the scary part comes, booking the travel.
Forget about the hotels and the specifics of what you’ll do there. The very first thing you need to do to seal the deal is book your travel. Take to the internet and start researching flights, (or buses, or trains, or however you plan to get there) then you need to book it. I know it’s scary, but you can find cheap flights by searching around the internet a bit!
This my friends, is called, COMMITMENT. You need to get comfortable with committing if you want to plan your summer trip.
Book that plane ticket, make it official, and now you will be forced to plan the rest of it. It’s happening, you’re going! Now the fun can start.
So, now that your calendar dates are blocked out for the trip, and you successfully booked your travel, it is time to book your stay.
The trip is happening, which takes off a little bit of pressure and lets you take the time to figure out accommodation. Explore the options of staying with friends, camping, booking hotels, finding hostels or grabbing yourself an AirBnB.
See how each fit into your budget, what your comfort level is with each, and the location of it on the map. Once you find a good fit, start making bookings.
Research The Destination
Now is the fun part! Start to research your destination and see what you want to do and see. Browse the internet, ask your friends who have been there and watch Youtube videos to get a good idea. Make a list of top things to do but don’t over plan, you’ll want to leave some room for adventure.
Start to Travel Hack
Travel hacking is kind of like an art form that involves figuring out ways to make travel cheaper and easier for yourself. You don’t HAVE to travel hack in order to have a great trip, but it can certainly help if you are on a budget.
Check out articles online that show you how to utilize your money, your credit cards and associated travel points, and coupons in order to make travel cheaper.
That’s all guys! Grab your timers, sit down and get started. Your summer travels are closer than you think!