I am a notorious, non-planner. I book a flight and show up somewhere, knowing that I have time to develop an understanding of a place because of my “travel deeper” mentality. However, I realize that not everyone has a few months to spend in one location, and for that, you need to plan your trip!
Hopefully this trip planning guide will help you go through the process of planning that life-changing trip abroad!
These are the five important trip questions that you should ask yourself before your next adventure:
It sounds silly, but this can be a difficult decision. Where do I go? First of all, let’s remember that this is a good problem to have. The freedom to choose your destination is awesome!
There are four factors that go into choosing a destination for me:
The biggest cost for most international trips is actually getting there. If you can find a good deal, it changes your entire travel budget. Here’s a few ways to find the best possible price when you plan your trip:
WEBSITES FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS:
These are the comparison websites that I look at when booking a flight. I also visit airline websites directly if I see that they have many flights and/or good prices for a destination.
OTHER FLIGHT RESOURCES:
ThriftyNomads ► Booking Cheapest Flight Possible Anywhere
xpatmatt ► How to Find Cheaper Airline Plane Tickets Online
US News ► 8 Insider Secrets to Booking Cheap Airfare
Views from my room at the Club Med Val Thorens
Where you stay when you are traveling is completely dependent on what type of traveler you are. Are you a road warrior, backpacker, cultural vulture, budget-relaxer, or luxury seeker? If you’re the last one, call me. Otherwise, here are a few different options for accommodations when you plan your trip…
+ Hotels.com – Good for budget-conscious travelers, still looking for the traditional vacation experience.
+ Hostel World – For backpackers and super-budget travelers (great for solo travelers).
+ AirBnB – For those looking for a local feel, or simple need more space than a hotel can accommodate (great for groups).
+ Couchsurfing – Meet and interact with people from all over the world, even if it’s just a cup of coffee.
+ Woofing – A different style of accommodation where you live and learn on an organic farm.
This is more important for solo travelers like myself, but making local connections before you arrive is a major advantage. Nowadays, thanks to social media, it is easier than ever to connect with people around the world.
So when you plan your trip, simply go on your favorite social media platform and search for people that you want to connect with. Maybe it’s someone on Instagram, Snapchat or YouTube. It doesn’t hurt to just ask them for advice or if they’d like to meet up. Couchsurfing and Matador’s new app Travelstoke are great travel-focused social media platforms.
If you need help finding people to connect with, don’t hesitate to contact me vial email.
After your destination is chosen, flights are books, and accommodations are confirmed, now it’s time to think about the other stuff to plan your trip. This includes travel insurance, language learning, and daily planning.
GOOD TRAVEL INSURANCE OPTIONS:
► Allianz Travel Insurance
► World Nomads
LANGUAGE LEARNING APPS & RESOURCES
+ Duolingo FREE app
+ Follow Benny Lewis
As I mention in the How to Plan Your Trip Video, after all this is done, I start making a list of all the things I want to see, do and try at the destination.
That’s it, if you follow these five steps you should be able to plan your trip abroad no problem. If you have any other specific questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
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