Everyone wants to travel but most people aren't exactly sure where they want to go. All they know is that they want to travel. Travel can be rewarding and worth it if you know what you want and what to expect. It is difficult to plan the perfect vacation but it can be achieved. Whether you decide to do it you (DIY) or hire a travel agent, the possibilities of a new adventure are endless.
Start with a Bucket List
You can probably describe a bucket list as a wish list of ideas or things you want to do before you die. A travel wish list may have ten to fifty destinations you want to visit before you die. If you are single and have no kids then the destinations don't necessarily have to be kid friendly but if you are a parent and want to take your kids with you then, make sure the destination is kid travel-friendly. Write down any country, city or place you ever wanted to visit and you have started your personal bucket list.
Plan your Travel Dates
So you have your list, what's next? You obviously have to get time off from work. If you're fortunate though to be self-employed then you will still need to plan ahead to take time off your schedule. So once you get your vacation approved or choose the most suitable days, decide what dates you want to travel on. Do you want to spend your entire vacation in another country or would you prefer to have a few days off in your home country? The choice is up to you and how much you think you can handle.
Choose a Destination
This may be the most difficult task especially if you have a list of fifty items. Now that you have your dates, if the price is important to you then you search the prices of traveling to all fifty destinations. If you're excited and determined it can take you a maximum of two days to do this. If there are multiple destinations with the same low price, put all destinations in a bag and chose one. You can also randomly choose a destination from the list if money is not an issue and book your flight and hotel.
Start your itinerary
Your destination is chosen and you have booked, the next step is to plan your itinerary. It is usually advised that you book a couple weeks in advanced. If a Visa to the destination is required, secure your visa before booking a flight. Some embassies and consulates like to see an itinerary so it is a good idea to start your itinerary before your Visa application if you need one. Research the country; find out what's popular in terms of food and entertainment and how locals get around. If they don't speak your language then maybe you need to download a special application. Once you figure out what you are going to do estimate how much it would cost you.