Many people thrive on lists. The fact is they are the traveller’s good friend. Most of us couldn’t go to the places we want to without them. Then there are those who make their way doing everything at the last minute. They are the type who’ll tell you they scored a last minute deal. But these are few and far between.To get the most out of your travel experience it pays to plan ahead. Here are a few thoughts on that process for the avid traveller.
Planning ahead gives you something to look forward to!
It’s true, this is the big incentive. This makes getting up and going to work for the saving up job all worthwhile. It could be that you are lucky enough to combine travel with your job. Until that day comes, however, most of us, have to work and save. Having that light at the end of the tunnel makes it all worthwhile. It gives you a goal. It gives you something to aim for. A countdown is one of the best things you can have on your side. The further you are travelling, say to Thailand, Vietnam or Bali, the more exciting your countdown will become. This can be a real psychological boost.
Once you know where you are going you can start to dream..
It is never a good idea just to turn up and see what happens. Travellers in the know have researched places to stay and things to see and do. You’ll be able to do this and therefore, get more out of your holiday. You’ll be able to budget in some areas. There might be others where you can decide to really splash out. For example why not allow yourself a few nights of luxury? A Luxury Swiss Hotel could make the holiday of a lifetime.
Planning ahead allows you time to do some research. Today that means connecting with other travellers and listening to reviews but also taking advice. Be open to new suggestions and considerations. You might have the chance to look at destinations that are off the beaten track. There are hidden gems in European cities for example that could provide you with unique cultural experiences. Seek refreshing alternatives from Latvia to Granada, and from Budapest to Helsinki.
Planning ahead gets you good deals
It is true that you can get lucky with last minute travel flights. But they are in the minority and most of us need to book our time and holidays in advance. Airlines know this. If you can book far enough ahead you can get good deals and make serious savings. You don’t have to take care of the accommodation at the same time. But with the flights booked you know where you are going to and when. It is locked in. That in itself is exciting and means that this trip is definitely going to happen.
In the months ahead you’ll have the opportunity to put all of the details into place. You’ll be able to work out your budget and even give yourself a few touches of luxury if you need it. It can be a real blast coming out of an outback adventure for example and staying in a high-end lodge for a few days before flying home. Even that won’t be too bad, because you’ll probably already be planning your next trip.