by Martin Ita-as
Originally posted on
This early in the year, the time is still ripe to get ahead on your travel plans. You never know what amazing adventures may lie ahead for you! But all good travels need time to map out and funds to save. Before the month of January lapses, put some time aside for some thoughts on your preparations for the journeys to come. If traveling is your lifestyle choice, you’ll need to be ready to give a little bit more thought to it.
You can’t have a journey without the money to support it. Start your travel planning for the year by listing ways on how you can save more money while lessening your spending. Review your monthly purchases and see if you can find any cheaper alternatives, or just cut off the expenses altogether for things you can live without. Have a set goal of money to save when you receive your salary.
List the must-sees
While a lot of countries have numerous attractions, you only have so much time and energy to visit a select few. Figure out with some internet research which of these attractions will be available during your time frame and whether or not they are worth your time. Travel reviews and tourism websites are your best tools.
Review the past
Look back on the previous year’s travel experiences and see if there are things you might want to change. Maybe the type of luggage bag wasn’t working out for you, or you made a mistake during the airport check-in process. Learn from the mistakes of the past so you can have an easier time in the future.
Shop for gear
When you want to do something right, you’ve got to have the right tools for the job. For travelers, those tools include bags, clothes and many other small things. Try to weigh in the pros and cons of each item you usually take with you and see if it’s something worth replacing. Maybe a spacious new case can handle the multitude of things you need, or a new down jacket will help fend off the cold better than your current one.
Get a second opinion
You have to remember that unless you’ve bought a ticket for the trip already, all your travel plans can still be changed. Seek helpful advice from experienced friends or acquaintances on things like whether your selected destinations are worth venturing, what kind of clothes you should pack, or if there are any “hole-in-the-wall” places that are a must-visit.
The year is still young, so get planning now! Having a prepared itinerary early allows your plans to be flexible, giving you time to change things for new situations. You’ll be able to anticipate any problems along the way.