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    Things to Remember When Planning a Trip


    There was a time when people used to spend months browsing through brochures and travel guides to determine their next vacation destination. Many would spend hours with travel agents sifting through holiday plans and package deals. Avid readers would spend a small fortune on travel magazines and books. 

    Planning a vacation today has become much easier. There are blogs, online guides and apps that have made information easily available and planning a vacation much more simple. However, it is important to remember that whether you do it all online or you do it in the traditional way, there are some critical steps you cannot miss.

    First and foremost, it is important to make a checklist of all the destinations you've always wanted to visit. Next, you need to filter this list down to the ones you can afford. Then you sit down with your travel companion(s) whether it’s your family, your friends or your partner. Once you have a consensus on your intended destination, then you get down to business. 

    With a destination in mind, (whether it’s Paris, Rome or Venice), you can set about planning other details. Among these include the number of days you will be traveling, whether you will be staying in one location or visiting multiple places, which hotel you would be staying in, which major attractions you will go to etc.

    Once these initial details are chalked out, then you need to determine how much it will cost you. This would include airfare and accommodation as well as the cost of visiting major attractions and food. It is important to ensure you stay within your budget and if during this process, you feel you are exceeding it, there are several ways of cutting costs down. Instead of a luxury hotel, you could opt for a family inn or a hostel. Instead of eating out every day, you could pack frozen food items and so on. 

    When all these details are worked out, you can now book your flight, purchase your ticket and book your hotel. Make sure you stay focused. Pack light and pack smart. Finally, when the big day arrives, get your act together, gather up your bags and head for the airport. It's time to take off. Oh and make sure you’re excited and happy. After all, it is not every day you go on a vacation!

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