A few tips and tricks to help make sure your travel planning is as effective as can be.
1. Don’t ditch the guidebook– i’ve read endless travel blogs which advise you to ‘ditch the guidebook’ when travelling. I’m not saying that all your travel planning should be done ‘guidebook in hand’, but guidebooks such as Lonely Planet and Roughguides give a pretty honest account of destinations and some great recommendations on where to stay and eat.
2. Plan for the unplanned– transport, especially outside of Europe, doesn’t always run on time. Sometimes a trip that should have taken you a few hours can end up taking all day and you having one less day at your destination. Factor this into your plans so you don’t miss out on anything.
3. Prepare for delays– if you’re travelling long haul, pack a change of clothes and toothbrush in your hand luggage in case of delays or to just freshen up between flights. No one wants to sit next to someone who hasn’t showered in the last 12 hours.
4. Be flexible– if you’re travelling on a budget flexibility is key. Flights are cheaper on different days and the money you save could give you a few extra nights somewhere. Unexpected circumstances might force you to change your travel plans, being flexible should mean you won’t lose out on too much money. You’re also bound to meet someone who tells you you ‘have to’ visit ‘this place’, and you’ll probably want to go.