Excitement can easily take over, but before you hastily book your flight to some far off location, it’s imperative to create a checklist. Doing so can save you from a lot of stress. You could find out your budget cannot accommodate your trip to Switzerland, or perhaps you forgot about monsoon season in Asia and not enough waterproofs in the world can keep you dry.
A travel checklist doesn’t have to be an arduous task, and neither does it need to be so in-depth you’re left with a distaste to travel. Keep it simple and thorough.
Questions to Ask
There are broad questions you need to answer, but there are also a bunch of questions dedicated to the flights you want, what you wish to do, and the accommodation you may be interested in.
These are simple but crucial questions you need to answer.
- What is your budget?
- How long are you going for?
- How are you getting to the airport?
- Can you afford the costs when when out there?
- How much money do you need for food, accommodation, flights, etc?
- Are you going solo or with someone else?
- Can they also afford the trip?
- Do they have the same budget as you?
- What are you going for?
- What is the weather going to be like?
- How is the political landscape?
Jot down your answers, and have anyone else you are travelling with do the same. It is crucial that everyone is on the same page. The last thing you want is for your travel buddy not to have budgeted accordingly because they didn’t think of the food costs. You may also find that your dream trip to Vietnam is better saved for when the climate is milder or the country filled with fewer tourists.
There is a variety of accommodation types to consider, from exclusive mountainside hideaways to budget hostels. Again, where you sleep and rest your head will be determined by your budget and any must-have additions you require.
- What is your budget?
- Do you want private accommodation?
- What atmosphere do you want?
- Who are you travelling with?
- What features do you want?
- How many people are you travelling with?
- Do you want a swimming pool?
If you want a social atmosphere, with the chance to meet fellow travellers, a hostel can be great. You do not have to suffer hostels that are run-down, either. Nowadays there are many trendy and comfortable hostels with private rooms so you can both privacy and a social environment. However, if you are holidaying with a large group of friends or your family, villa holidays can ensure you are able to relax with the ones you love in complete luxury, without worrying about other tourists.
You can save a lot of money when booking your flight at a certain time. What’s more, particular airlines are more temperamental than others, so although one may be the cheapest, you could experience delays that’ll start your holiday off on a sour note. Some of the best airlines include Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Norwegian. EasyJet is also one of the best low-cost airlines.
- Do you want a direct flight?
- Could you handle multiple stops for a lower cost?
- Are the reviews mostly positive?
- Do you require additional support, such as easier accessibility?
- Is the flight cheaper on the airline’s actual website or on a comparison website?
- Do you have to pay extra for luggage?
- Do you need to book assigned seating?
- Can everyone get to the same airport easily?
- Do you need to book them soon or can you wait?
- How are you getting the airport?
By mulling over these questions, you could save yourself some money. For instance, if you do not need to buy the plane ticket straight off the bat, then you can wait and watch the prices drop over time. The closer you get to your preferred departure date, the flight’s pricing can significantly fall because the airlines are trying to fill up the plane.
Questions to Ask for When You Land
Landing on foreign soil can leave you eager to start your holiday. However, the following questions need to be answered:
- How are you getting from the airport to your accommodation?
- Do you need to exchange money?
You can book a taxi before you leave the UK (or wherever you are from) so that you know you have a way to get to your accommodation. Or look up the cost of buses and how frequent they are, as well as trains. Airports will always have transport links, but to make your holiday as smooth as possible, thinking about it in advance can reduce your stress levels.