Planning to go on a trip and need a helping hand to plan everything?
And yes, organizing a trip is not always easy, especially if you’re not used to it. Fortunately, travel organization is my specialty and I’m here to help!
In this guide, I will give you all the tips and tricks necessary to prepare your stay: how to create your detailed itinerary, book your flight, your accommodation, rent your car and much more!
So, ready to plan your trip from A to Z?
Step #1 Choosing Your Destination
The first step in organising a trip is to choose your destination.
And you figure it’s not necessarily that simple!
Firstly because the world is vast, secondly because you may not have the same expectations as the person or persons you are going to leave with, and especially because it is not possible to travel anywhere at any time of the year.
To prepare your trip and choose the country you want to go to, you must first ask yourself a few questions:
- Want to go on holiday in the sun, enjoy the beaches?
- Looking for more of a cultural destination with visits to museums, historic sites?
- Would you rather stay in Europe or explore more distant destinations?
- Looking for tourist spots or more off the beaten track?
- How many hours on the plane are you ready to fly?
Step #2 Prepare Your Itinerary
Now that you know where to go, the second step to preparing for your trip is to look at your itinerary.
For those who just want to spend a week or two in the same hotel without moving, you can directly move on to the next step.
For others who wish to organize a road trip, you will first have to take into account the length of your stay. Obviously, you won’t be able to do the same thing in 7 or 15 days.
Step #3 Book Your Plane Ticket Or Train Ticket
Once you have the exact duration of your itinerary and your travel dates, you can move on to another important step in arranging a trip: booking your plane ticket.
For this, the most effective is to use a flight comparator. Personally, I much prefer Skyscanner to all other sites for its very practical and clear side.
Using a comparator is really the assurance of getting the best fare, since you will have all the flights available on your travel dates with all airlines.
Step #4 Take Out A Travel Insurance
When the dates of your stay are final, it is another step in the travel organization that awaits you: taking out travel insurance. Ensuring that you are well covered for travel illnesses and accidents is paramount!
You may have seen people on the internet or on TV who find themselves paying astronomical sums in case of hospitalization in a foreign country. Well, I can assure you that these people left without travel insurance.
And the worst part is that some people who can’t afford it find themselves forced to ask their families for help or set up participatory prize pools on the internet. And all this for wanting to save a few coins.
Because yes, travel insurance isn’t that expensive!
Step #5 Book Your Accommodation
Organizing your trip also requires going through the booking stage of your or your accommodations.
Here you have 2 schools: people in backpackers mode and improvisation who are looking for accommodation by being on site, and others (like me!), who prefer to book in advance.
Personally, I always prefer to book my hotels in advance in order to have the choice and to be able to compare the rates.
And most importantly, when I’m traveling, I don’t necessarily like wasting time scouring a city or place I don’t know to find a hotel available.
Honestly after a day to visit, walk or on the road, I appreciate knowing that my hotel room is waiting for me.
Moreover, even if you are a fan of looking on the spot, I recommend at least to always book the first and last night of your stay.
Arriving after long hours of flight, I can assure you that you will enjoy being able to rest directly and recover from jet lag.
And hey, we’re not going to fool ourselves: when traveling, it’s better to use your time to visit and discover new things than to look for hotel rooms.
Step #6 Rent A Car
If you are planning a road trip, you will also have to rent a car (unless you have planned to leave with yours of course!)
Here too, I clearly have a preference for one site: Rentalcars.com. It’s simple, I only go through them to carry out all my car rentals. You’ll find cars for rent in almost the world.
All you have to do is enter your travel dates, the city of arrival and the time at which you want to pick up your car and the website compares the rates of all available rentals.
International companies such as Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Sixt are present but also local renters.
Anything that is included in the fare such as unlimited mileage or not, the 2nd driver or not, whether the vehicle is to be returned with full fuel etc is clearly stated.
Step #7 Book Excursions And Activities
Once you have an idea of the most beautiful places to visit, you will also definitely want to take advantage of your trip to try some original or typical activities.