What To Consider Before You Go Travelling
If you are thinking about travelling or holidaying soon, then you might be looking for some advice on how to make sure that your trip goes smoothly. Whether you’ve already planned your trip or are starting to think about your dream travel destination, read our quick list to make sure you don’t overlook some important planning.
The first thing you need to think about is your budget. It is not always easy to make a budget and stick to it, but it is going to be the best thing you can do to stay on track throughout your adventure. Factor in everything you could possibly need such as food, accommodation, transport and then have some extra in case things go sideways at any point. You should also consider having a backup fund that you are not going to touch unless you absolutely have to. This doesn’t have to be a massive amount of money, just enough to can get you out of any trouble you might find yourself in. Here are some common travel costs worth considering:
- Cost of updating your passport (for UK passports your first point of call is the Passport agency London to ensure that you meet the required Passport legalisation).
- travel to the airport (you might need to hire a bus/taxi or pay for passport parking)
- cost of visa’s (a Saudi visa fee for example can cost around £100 and every UK traveler will need one!).
- exchange fees (taking money out of a cash machine abroad will cost you a hefty exchange fee).
- transfers (don’t forget about how you’ll be getting to your hotel from the airport, it’s better to book this in advance).
- cost of upgrading baggage allowance (the best way to avoid this fee is by making sure that your luggage is within your allocated allowance).
We recommend overestimating your budget to give yourself some wiggle room. Some people like to plan right down to the very last penny, but you would be better off rounding up and having a little extra than what you planned for. Make sure that you have sat down and done this before you leave for your travel adventure, or else you could be in for a shock when you get abroad. If you’re looking for a travel card I would recommend WeSwap, they have great rates, helpful customer service and you’ll get £10 free credit to exchange for whatever currency you need.
Something else worth planning ahead for is accommodation. Are you planning on staying in hotels? Hostels? Or renting somewhere in the destinations that you travel to? No matter what you decide, it is important that you have got this all worked out before you arrive. Whether you’re thinking about a service apartment in johor baru for rent (a girl can dream) or something a little more budget friendly. Regardless of whether you decided to rent or stay in a hotel, just make sure that whatever you choose fits it into your budget nicely.
Do not be fooled into thinking that expensive means better either. You need to keep an eye out for this especially when you are in a foreign country. Remain vigilant, do your research and find the best deal that you can. Look for value for money, and don’t just settle for the first place that you come across which seems acceptable. Remember that you are going to have to stay here for the duration of your trip, so it needs to be somewhere that you are comfortable.
Flights can be a pain in the neck to work out, but you need to make sure that you are booked on a return flight. This might sound obvious, but we all know someone who didn’t check and ended up with a one-way ticket to their destination! This is particularly important if you are going to be travelling with a companion and you’re in charge of booking your flights. Sit down and make sure that you are getting the best possible deal on flights, but also that you are going to arrive at the right time in the right place! You don’t want to be waiting around in the airport for your travel buddy to touch down while you have been there for three hours already.
A Travel Checklist
Having a checklist of everything you need to take with you will help ensure that you don’t forget anything. Make sure to include clothes, any medications, toiletries and everything else you can think of for your trip. This is going to be a massive help when you start packing your suitcase, and it means that you are less likely to forget something you need when you touch down on foreign soil. Try not to over-complicate things though, stick with what you know you are going to need. Write it down and tick it off as you put it in your suitcase.
Now that you know exactly what you need for your next trip you just need to decide on your travel destination and find out what dates tend to be the cheapest for booking holidays. I’d love to know what travel plans you have this year and if you’ve found this post useful in the planning process.