Top Tips for planning your travels
There’s nothing more exciting than planning an adventure abroad, but it’s really important to carefully plan your trip, to minimize stress and leave more time for exploring. Read on to discover our top tips for planning your travels and get ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Funding your trip
Before you can begin planning your trip, you’ll need to decide how you’re going to fund it. Some people live with their parents and save up money they otherwise would have spent on rent, but this isn’t an option for everyone. If you don’t have the time (or discipline) to save money, you could borrow it. The best option may be to get a credit card with a 0% interest rate and pay the money back before the 0% deal runs out. Use an online comparison tool like the one on TotallyMoney.com to find a credit card with a 0% interest rate.
Keep a folder with all your travel documents in and leave it with a family member or close friend- that way they can help you out quickly if an emergency happens while you’re away. The folder should have things in it like your flight itinerary, the numbers of embassies, photocopies of your credit cards and your travel insurance policy. Click here for a full list of things to keep in your travel document folder.
The two most important things to consider about your health and safety while travelling are insurance and vaccinations. You must take out a comprehensive insurance policy- make sure your policy covers everything you are planning on doing while you’re abroad, for example not all policies will cover extreme sports. As for your vaccinations, talk to your doctor as soon as possible to find out which vaccinations you need and when.
If you carefully plan the important aspects of your trip, then you can relax and be more spontaneous with the other parts. As long as you have your flights booked and enough money to survive on, you can see where the wind takes you and have a real adventure. There are hundreds of great sites on the internet that can give you ideas for your travel itinerary, so do you research and check out sites like gapyear.com for more tips.