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How to plan a trip? These 7 tips and tricks will help you in creating a perfect itinerary and save money while doing so!

1. Plan a Budget

The most important thing, deciding how much money you can spend on your next travel adventure. The budget will have a lot of impact on the rest of the points on this list, from choosing the destination to booking everything.

Check out the cheapest countries to visit in the world, by continent, here you will be able to find some cheap destinations that are amazing and a must-visit.

2. Choose destinations to visit

This part is mostly on you and what you like to do on your travel adventures, are you more for an adventure or just relaxing on a beach, or maybe more of a cultured person. Some countries offer everything but some countries are just made for each of those things.

Adventure – if you are looking for adventure countries filled with outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, jungle trekking, surfing, or diving,  Asia, and especially Indonesia is one of the perfect countries to have on your bucket list.

Relaxing – Relaxing on a sand beach, drinking a cocktail and not caring about anything, if you love this kind of vacation or traveling then you have to visit Greece and Greece Islands, Maldives, the Canary Islands in Spain.

Important – Before you decide on what country you want to visit, be sure to check if you need a Visa! Here you can easily check your Visa requirements! – https://www.ivisa.com/

3. Research Location

Research is one of the most important things after you choose the location that you wish to visit. Some of the best ways to research a location is via Pinterest, and Instagram, where you can find photos and articles around the location that you wish to visit.

4. Create a perfect itinerary

After you research the location, here comes the hard part, planning your perfect itinerary. There are a number of ways to create your itinerary, but my personal favorite is via Roadtrippers, it is an easy and fun process.

When you are creating an itinerary there are a number of things that you have to watch out for: Distance, Flexibility, Relaxation, Transport and of course opening times.

5. Book everything

You have made your research, and planned your itinerary, now it is time to book everything!

Book Flights or bus/train
In most situations I use Skyscanner or Kayak to book flights, they have the latest and cheapest prices with the least amount of layovers. Both of them have a feature of comparing flights so it is great to compare other airlines to each other.

Book Accommodation
In your itinerary, you have already chosen where you will stay. Hotels.com has some of the best deals on the market, mainly because it pulls out all of the prices from Booking, Agoda, Expedia and puts them in one, so you will get the best price for your Accommodation!

6. Plan your arrival

If you create a great itinerary then this shouldn’t be a problem, but it is always existing to land or come to a destination after a long trip, so here are some of the main tips to have after coming to the destination:

  • Buy a Sim card
  • Download a map (Waze is an amazing app for that)
  • Exchange money
  • Learn basic phrases in local language

7. Organize your documents and paperwork

Organizing and having all of the paperwork in one place is the most important thing, that is why having an amazing travel wallet is a must, see the best travel wallets here!

But there are some other things to take care of if you want to visit your dream location:

  • Check and apply if you need a Visa
  • Book Travel insurance – It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
  • Get vaccinations you may need if you’re visiting a high-risk country for certain diseases. Not fun but it’s necessary!
  • Buy medication that you may need for the length of the trip. For example, if you’re going to some parts of Africa you may need malaria tablets.
  • Copy and print your important documents and keep them safely in your hand luggage so you have access to a copy at all times. For long-term travelers: Take extra passport photos!

Hello! I’m Sara, a Croatian native. I’ve traveled all over the world and have knocked out some amazing cities and countries off my bucket list.

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