Before Departure: The Planning Stages

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

The same is true of travel. Though yes, of course, reservations come in handy, it’s through the planning process that we become familiar with the unknown. We learn our options, we look at maps, we familiarize ourselves with timetables. The actual booking is essential, but we often underestimate what we learn along the way. But where to begin?

All travel starts somewhere, and a little planning at the start can go a long way. Time and money are often cited as two of the big reasons why people don’t travel more. I’m constantly amazed, however, on what most people believe travel costs and how much time they need to have a memorable and worthwhile experience. This section breaks down main categories to consider when budgeting your time and money, and familiarizes you with your options. These planning tips and tools will help you avoid a cookie-cutter trip and instead, create a unique and personal experience worth every minute and every penny.

Transportation

Long Haul

Let’s Talk Layovers

Regional and Local

Accommodation

Hotels

Homeshares

Hostels

Camping and Cruises

Dining Out

 

Sites and Activities

 

Necessary

 

Health

 

Safety

 

 

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