Steps to follow before you plan for a solo trip
Worried about how to plan for a solo trip? Nervous thinking what to do first and how to execute?
Not to worry anymore as I will give you few tips that will help you to guide through towards a successful solo trip. There always has to be a plan before you need to work out something. If you sketch your plan earlier, it will be organized and easier for you to execute.
To start with at first:
Set your budget:
Fixing up a budget is one of the most important part of any trip planning process. I believe it’s always a good start to determine how much money you have (or could have after some saving) to put towards your trip. Once you have a fixed budget in mind, it’s time to start researching. Setting your budget will help you to figure where you will go, how many days you will stay, what will be your mode of transport and many more.
A budget will guide you towards your next step as well. If you don’t have a budget you might end up facing many difficulties. For example if you run out of money in an unknown place, you will fall in trouble.
Having a set budget helps you stay focus and make informed, accurate decisions. Knowing exactly what you can and cannot afford will save your hours of fruitless searching online for that unrealistic vacation. This will save your time and these days’ time is way more precious than money. So setting up a budget should be your first concern while planning for a solo trip.
Select your destination:
Taking what you have considered about your budget, time availability and interests you can start to research the kinds of places you want to visit.
Research is the next step and according to that you can pick your destination easily. One most important thing to keep in mind is that not all destinations are amazing for solo trips so think likewise and pick a suitable destination according to your budget.
However and wherever you find inspiration, save it, bookmark it or cut it out and stick it in a scrapbook until you start to build up your wish list of your solo travel destinations.
Either grab a fresh sheet of paper or fire up an online version and start jotting down ideas, names, dates, places, festivals, tourist attractions – anything and everything you’ve heard of in conversation, through the blogs you read or from the vlogs you have watched.
All these will help you built a clear picture and figure your ultimate destination.
It is very helpful and important to pack light for your solo trips. There are many advantages if you pack light, since you won’t have a company to look after your belongings it is better to have light and less luggage. You will face less lineups at the airport and less hassle at transits. Packing light will help you for an overall mobility and hassle free travel.
The things you need for backpacking will depend on where you intend to visit and the things you want to do:
- Research the climate and check the temperature and rainfall levels of the place you are planning to visit.
- What are the religious or cultural norms in that country?
- Are you going for a city-based break or beaches and island hopping? This will help you pick your outfits accordingly.
- How long are you going for is an important concern too.
- What activities do you plan to do and do these need specific clothing or gear?
Asking yourself these ‘what should I pack’ type questions in the planning stages of your trip will help you get organized.
Pre-booking will allow you the freedom to choose the time and date you want, that works best with your schedule. It will also make sure you are correctly booked for the desired place for your stay/visit and face less difficulties. You don’t want yourself to get stranded and especially when you are travelling alone.
Book all your required reservations earlier. To have a smooth travel it is always wiser to pre book. For solo travelers there are many solo-friendly accommodations like hostel, small inn, homestay B&B and etc. From my experience I would suggest you to give all these responsibilities to the experts. Agencies can help you at every point even when you are abroad. Since you will be travelling alone, any challenges may appear. Having a back from your reliable agency can come in great help.
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