Well, that’s a great decision... Travel is one of the most life changing and amazing experiences a person can have. Humans are meant to explore, and to learn and grow, for without travel, bad habits, judgements and things like racism never evolve and close-mindedness is never truly cured.
2. So you’ve picked your destination... What now?
Taking a look into where you’re going and what you’re wanting to do is always a good thing to do, however it’s not always best to over-plan every aspect. But there are a few MUST DO’s that you need to dedicate proper attention to, like travel logistics and visa requirements. If you’re from the USA, you don’t have to worry about most country’s visa requirements (like for Europe, UK, Canada, Australia, etc – check ixpvisas.com or visum usa-ESTA for visa information), however you should ALWAYS double check the requirements, because some destinations require prior-approval and paperwork, some require fees, and others sometimes require certain health tests and records to be submitted.
3. So you’ve checked on everything... Time to plan!
As I said prior, try not to over-plan every aspect, because one of the best aspects of traveling the world is spontaneous change and just going with the flow. But do study a bit, find some things you want to do and become somewhat familiar with the geography of the areas you’re visiting. It’s important to understand how the local transportation works, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Sometimes renting a car is easier than using the public transportation systems – and the opposite is also quite true, in a lot of destinations.
4. So you’ve planned it all, booked it all... Time to pack, eh?!
Before buying that backpack or rucksack that you’ve had your eye on, it’s always important to check on the airline’s baggage restrictions. Most major, traditional airlines have pretty common, and easy going rules, however as new budget airlines pop up, so do the baggage rules, fees and complications – remember, that’s how they make their money. Once you understand the size and weight restrictions, grab a bag that will service you well, yet don’t pack too much junk that you will be miserable each and every place you have to lug it around to. In most places around the world, you can purchase the various toiletries or clothing options that you may THINK that you MIGHT need, but aren’t quite sure. When it comes to traveling abroad, especially when backpacking, it’s typically best to pack as light as possible.
5. So you’ve done everything you can think of?
Last, but not least, after you’ve booked and researched everything, and all of your packing and preparations are done, it never hurts to check on the major details of your trip... Check the dates and times, and reservations, and each booking, for fine details or issues that you might have overlooked.
And... Good luck! Click here for more of my tips and tricks to travel planning.