Your first step in how to start planning a trip is to choose a travel destination that meets your interests and travel budget.
When it comes to choosing a destination, you need to be as specific as possible. Being specific with your destination not only makes your trip easier to commit to and more concrete, but it also makes travel planning a lot easier. Research it online and discuss it with your fellow travelers. Websites are a great place to browse travel photos, journals and videos posted by real people sharing their experiences.
When determining dates and picking a destination, make sure to keep in mind the following things:
How long will you have?
Planning a long weekend away, compared to a 6 month backpacking trip are two different things. You will need to consider if this destination is enough for such a short amount of time or alternatively could I visit multiple destinations during my trip.
What’s your travel style?
When you plan your trip, your destination choices can be affected by your traveling companions.
Will you be traveling solo, as a couple, family or friends?
If you’re not travelling solo, sit down with everyone in your travelling group and discuss your ideas and interests. Memorable trips are those where each member gets to experience something they love.
When to go?
Weather and crowds play an important role when you plan your trip. For your chosen destination, do you know when the high season and low season is?
Do remember that anywhere is going to be good and any time/season will have its own unique flair. If you only have a certain date frame to work with then do not fret, there will always be something you can do somewhere!
What are your interests?
So travellers prefer adventure and a challenge, others prefer relaxing retreats on the beach. Determine your travel interests at the start of planning your trip.
What’s the weather?
Check average rainfall, temperature, during the target month to make sure that it works for what you want at the moment. Sometimes you might want snow and other times it might be sunshine!