This year alone, I would have travelled to Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia! On average, I travel once every month. Some trips are for business, but most are for leisure.
Despite a hectic schedule, I still managed to plan a series of trips in an efficient and effective way. Here are 3 tips I use to plan my travels.
Tip #1: Plan at least one year ahead
I usually plan a series of trips in advanced, usually one year ahead! While you might feel uncertain about your work schedule for next year, planning your trips at least one year in advanced will confer many advantages.
First, in a glance, you can identify suitable weekends for your holidays without sacrificing your off-days. For example, if a public holiday falls on a Thursday, you can take a 4-day trip while only sacrificing one off-day for Friday! If a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, then all you need is just to take a one-day off on Monday and you can jet off for your 4-day trip on Friday night or on Saturday! Within a single year, there will be at least 2 to 3 such opportunities for you to enjoy such privileges.
Second, by planning your travel schedule in a year ahead, you can enjoy significant cost savings on airline tickets and hotel bookings when you book them in advanced. I have personally enjoyed cost savings of up to 40% just by booking my flights several months earlier. More savings every trip will mean more trips you can afford to spend on!
Tip #2: Exchange itineraries with friends
Get travel itineraries from friends, or exchange itineraries with your friends. While most people tend to read travel blogs and travel review websites for ideas on places to travel, the old-fashioned friend-to-friend advice still has a role to play. Even better if your friends are natives or citizens in the country you are traveling to.
First, friends understand your travel preferences, budget constraints and habits better than websites and blogs do, and can offer you personalised advice to suit your travel needs.
Second, friends can point out the smaller but essential details that travel websites sometimes can’t. For example, they can tell you whether it is better to travel by bus, train or by car from one destination to the next, when is the best time to travel, where is the best hidden spot to enjoy the sunrise, and what the locals do that foreigners do not. These uncommon advice cannot be found in your regular travel blogs.
Tip #3: Basic budget planning
Planning your trips in advanced will allow you a heads up in budgeting for your trip. You will know how much you need to save up in one-years time, and will be less tempted to splurge on other non-necessities in trying to save up for your world adventures.
Planning your trip at least one year ahead will confer you many advantages. Time to get excited in planning a calendar full of trips for next year!
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