The sunny days are back and it smells like the holidays! So, we take the opportunity to escape the big city and go somewhere, anywhere! But when you’ve never really organized your own trip, how can you take the plunge without going through an agency? Of course, organizing your trip via the latter allows you to benefit from a certain guarantee and a considerable saving of time. But very often you have to pay for “benefits” which make the stay much more expensive than if you had organized it yourself. So, if, like us, you find organized trips too restrictive and too expensive, here is everything you will need to get started planning your next vacation!
Advice and tips for organizing your trip without losing your mind
If the idea of organizing your own trip tempts you, but you are still hesitating, here are some good reasons that will probably succeed in convincing you!
- enjoy a tailor-made trip that completely meets your preferences
- be self-sufficient and have a wide choice of transport and accommodation
- save money, while avoiding the costs of various intermediaries
- make you happy by preparing your own schedule
Select destination and set budget
Decisive for the success of your trip, the choice of a destination is a step not to be taken lightly. And if choosing your destination is the first step, it is not always so easy to do, because there are a lot of criteria to take into consideration. First of all, it is essential to know if your trip will take place during high or low tourist season. This way, you will be able to determine your budget more easily. So, do a little research on the Internet (blogs, travel sites and forums) and do not hesitate to discuss it with other travelers. Once the destination has been chosen, also think about the weather conditions, the advantages and disadvantages of the place and finally the kind of activities you can possibly practice there (shopping, culture, beach). Also opt for a paper guide! This little ally of first choice will considerably simplify your task.
Privilege the tools on the Internet to compose a tailor-made trip for you
The Internet has upset the codes of tailor-made travel organization! Consequently, several are the tools on the Internet allowing to compose tailor-made stays without having to go through a travel agency. A practical and economical solution, but which still requires time and organization. If you still don’t have an idea of a destination, these tools can greatly help you to make a first selection. Generally, you will discover trips by bus, plane and train, all depending on the dates entered and the length of your stay. It is also possible to refine your search according to the type of holiday (city discoveries, nature). Beware of bad weather surprises. It is better to check if the chosen country is not in full monsoon during your stay!
Moreover, organizing your trip in July or August is not an entirely optimal idea, neither for you nor for your budget, because promotions during these periods are almost non-existent.
Local accommodation and travel
After booking your flight, focus on accommodation. So, there too, there is a bit of work. What type of accommodation to choose: hotel or guest house? Where: in the city center or near the beach? Which formula: breakfast, half board or all inclusive? While some travelers book their room on site, others prefer to do so in advance to avoid any unpleasant surprises. So, just like with flights, we can look at websites by looking at as many traveler reviews as possible. Once the place has been chosen, all that remains is to book and note down the address and the accommodation number, just in case!
As for the trip on site, there is no need to really plan everything in advance. However, it will be useful to at least plan a minimum: the journey from the airport to the accommodation. In some countries, for example, taking a taxi is much more expensive than opting for public transport. So, it is worth investigating. There are also shuttle services offered by hotels. However, if you want to rent a car, do not forget to check whether the international license is required or not.
Focus on the formalities to organize your trip without worries!
Alright, that’s it! Reservations are settled! At this stage, it is time to think about the formalities, such as documents (passport, visas), local currency, insurance, necessary vaccines, habits and customs. An essential step to organize your trip without worries and without unpleasant surprises that should not be left for the end. Why ? Well, because some of the mentioned formalities have to be done several weeks in advance. In fact, the type of formality may depend on the duration of your trip. Once all the information has been obtained, all that remains is to pack your bags! And while we’re at it, here’s a little checklist to follow when preparing your luggage:
- separate what is essential from what is secondary
- take a small first aid kit
- limit liquids
- indicate their contact details on the suitcases
- comply with baggage restrictions
- keep extra space for holiday shopping
- put valuables in hand luggage
- protect fragile items
- check the weather again
- don’t forget the adapters