Who doesn’t love travelling? Everyone does. Adults become younger and are excited as a 7-years old kid would be.
When I was a kid, I had to do nothing but just carry a small bag given my by Mum and travel with them. I would go wherever our Dad took us – I had no worry about budget-planning, booking tickets, itinerary, simply nothing to do! Now, I am a grown-up kid and have to plan before I start for any place. You must be wondering why did I call myself a kid? Because we all are children from inside, responsibilities cover the childness inside us. Before starting anywhere, we need to do our homework.
1. See your Budget
“Having a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. It means you make a plan and don’t let your expenses get out of control.”
Budget is the decision-maker. Your budget decides everything – your destination, hotel you are planning to stay at, sites to visit, how much shopping to do (especially for a woman). Always keep your budget fix and stick to it. You can also go for a buffer amount to be added only if you run out of money but try not to spend carelessly. Remember, you will be coming back home after the trip and need money for household expenses as well.
Allocate a fix amount to the trip which should include flight fare, hotel fare, travelling costs like bus & cabs, some amount for shopping and not forgetting food. Make sure to try something which belongs to that place. When looking to eat in restaurants, make sure to visit where a lot of locals are seen eating since the prices will not shoot up your bills.
Most importantly, Negotiate! Negotiate! Negotiate! This way you might come back home with savings.
2. Place to visit
Read about the place you are visiting to. Is it within your budget?
You enjoy the most when you visit during the festive season. Always check out whether any festival or carnival is coming up or not. Also, keep in mind that accommodation & travel fares are usually high during festive season. If its within your budget, then great! Else cost-cutting is needed.
Ensure to make a list of sites that are visited by tourists as well as locals. Guides usually take you to tourist site and this way one cannot identify the lifestyle & real world of locals. So make it a point to visit some local places too. List of sites may be too long or short. If it’s too long you need to cut-short so that they are completed in known-number of days. If it’s too short then make sure to visit outskirts nearby the city.
If you have explored the sites over the internet, it is necessary to see the distance between every sites. This way, your timings and dates will be accurate.
3. Number of days you will be staying
See how many leaves you can take from your work/business and how many days it takes to reach your destination. Say, you wish to explore the place in 4 days and its takes 1 night of travelling from one side then give it a go. However, if you have 4 days to visit and its takes 1-whole day to travel 1-side then make sure to classify number of days you will visit and number of days required travelling.
Keep in mind, travelling daytime usually hinders all the plans because of traffic. This may result in reaching your destination late than the expected timing. Also, it will eat up a small part of your staying cost. It is advisable to travel at night to save the money which you might spending staying overnight. It is like extra-cost.
4. Check weather
Weather is really important. You need to see the season you are going to. If it is rainy season be careful with the landslides, type of road, geographical conditions as well.
For instance, it is not wise to go on hilly areas during monsoon season because landslides occur frequently and road conditions are not good.
Similarly, if you are planning to go to desert then look at your skin-type and whether you can cope in summer season or not. Else it is best to visit desert places during winters.
Since it is you who know yourself the best, its best that you always check weather and question yourself if you can cope with or not.
5. Health conditions
“Health lost, everything lost”
Don’t even think of going to far places if your health is not right. Or if you really want to visit make sure to explore whether there are medical facilities available or not. Always ensure to keep all sorts of medicine before you start your journey. You never know you might end with loose-motions while travelling. You cannot afford to go to loo every 20 minutes, right? If you are equipped with medicines you can at least control with the help of a pill.
Make sure to have your blood pressure check-up, asthma, sugar level check, etc. If you do have good health conditions, always inform your family members or immediate contact about your travel plans and whereabouts.
Remember! While travelling, prepare for the worst.
6. Complete pending tasks before leaving
You are away from your daily routine for a week or so and there is always tasks to be done everyday. That is why, it is said to either assign your work to someone else or complete all the tasks before leaving. You would not want phone ringing during travel. You are here for a break, a passion, for a hobby. You came to enjoy & have fun. Why sit back on seat and answer calls during your trip? It is preferable to travel with no work in mind.
What if there is no network to a place you are visiting. Your call will be unreachable and this may hinder you work’s progress. Hence, make sure to clear all your dues before you leave.
Lastly, revisit your plan before finalizing it. Never rely on last-minute.
Written by: Alka Prasad