Planning and saving up for a holiday is a big job, and one that can be quite daunting for some of my fellow wanderlusters.
It’s tough, it takes up a lot of your time and energy, and it can throw you some mega curve-balls that make you wonder if maybe it would be better to stay home instead.
But boy-oh-boy is it rewarding! The satisfaction of mapping out your own adventure, of getting on that initial plane ride, of landing in a new country — knowing you worked it all out yourself — that’s pretty powerful. And I think it makes you appreciate your time off even more.
Of course, if the mere thought of planning an overseas trip breaks you out in hives, then by all means — a travel agent is your best friend. Or maybe I am? Let me know what you’re struggling with, and I’d be happy to help!
This travel guide is packed full of tips, tricks and advice to help you out. It’s for anyone who loves or wants to travel; whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned vet.
Travel websites to bookmark
The internet is huge. Full of hundreds and thousands of travel websites. And while it is relatively easy to find information about anything you could possibly want EVER, it can be extremely difficult to get a simple answer to your question, or to figure out what is going to work for you.
Not all sites offer the same benefits, use the same agencies, or provide the same information, so it can be hard to navigate.
So I have compiled a list of the go-to travel websites we consistently use when planning our overseas holidays—jot them down, check them out, or better yet—bookmark them on your browser for easy access. You won’t regret it.
Planning your next holiday or travel adventure
So, you’ve decided you want to travel. You’ve bookmarked your favourite travel websites, and you’re ready to get stuck in to planning your trip.
As I have already mentioned, planning a holiday is not easy. However, it is fun and it’s so rewarding to do it all yourself.
But, if you’ve never planned a holiday before, it can be super overwhelming—where do you even start?
Which is exactly why I decided to create this Ultimate Travel Guide in the first place: to take away some of the overwhelm, to offer up my tips and tricks, and to encourage more people to create their own holidays and see more of the world.
Helpful tips for budgeting and saving for travel
No-one really likes to talk about money, budgeting or saving; but unfortunately it is a necessary evil when it comes to planning your travel adventures. You need money to pay for flights, transport, accommodation, activities, food, and most importantly—coffee!
Unless you come into an inheritance, win lotto, have super generous friends and family, or have money to burn; there are two key money demons you will need to tackle before you can jet off on your next adventure: Budgeting and Saving.
Although the allure of charging items to your credit card can be very real; my advice is to avoid this at all costs! Unless you can pay your credit card purchases back right away, resist the urge.
You don’t want to come back from an amazing holiday, and find yourself knee-deep in debt.
So to make budgeting and saving easier, I am providing the tips and tricks we use to ensure that we can not only afford our holidays, but often come back with spare change.
My best packing tips
You are ready to hit the road! Just one thing left to do…. PACK.
Love it or loathe it, packing is generally the final step in planning for your adventures. It doesn’t have to be a chore; in fact, packing can be fun! Let me show you how…
Obviously what and how you pack largely depends on where you are going, and what time of the year you are travelling. Thick, woolly winter clothing takes up so much more room in your luggage than say, bikinis and sarongs!
But, there are a few tips and tricks worth keeping up your sleeve in order to successfully pack for your next holiday.
6 tips for surviving long haul travel
Long haul travel: regardless of where you live in the world, or where you plan to travel to; at some point in your life you’re bound to be staring down the barrel of it. Whether a long haul flight, an overnight train ride, or a day-long bus trip…
It happens. It’s real life. And sometimes it’s the only option.
So when this happy opportunity presents itself, you realistically have two choices: put a smile on your face and make the best of it; or ‘put your head in the sand’ and hope that it goes quickly.
Personally, I quite enjoy these long-haul situations, as it gives me a great excuse to sit back, relax, and not feel guilty about ‘doing nothing’ for 10+ hours.
But regardless of your outlook, there are certainly little things you can do to make the experience comfortable and pleasant, if not enjoyable.
At the very least, my 6 tips for surviving long haul travel will ensure that your trip is tolerable.