Planning and booking your perfect destination online can be a daunting task. As a travel agent many years ago, I remember how much was involved in planning those trips. Back then, there were no blogs to speak of, and no GPS guides or travels apps like we have today.
Although I am no longer a travel agent, I do travel, and as they say, “Good Habits Die Hard”. One habit I never gave up is “the checklist”, ensuring I don’t miss anything important or get to my destination and realize I forgot something.
SO: Where to start? What’s step one? Step two, three, four, etc…? One can easily become overwhelmed, especially if you haven’t planned a long trip before.
Here is a 15 step-by-step guide to planning and booking your perfect destination online breaking the process down so planning becomes easier and less overwhelming:
Step 1 – Where do you want to go?
Paris, Madrid, the Congo? Start by defining where you are going; this sets a goal and direction to work within. Not only will your trip become more “real” for you, but will make planning a lot easier. Start by asking yourself a few questions:
- Hot or cold weather?
- Adventure or relaxation?
- Shopping, culture or adrenaline?
- Family, friends or boyfriend/girlfriend? Or maybe solo?
- Budget or splash the cash? Or somewhere in the middle?
- Off the beaten track or a tried and tested destination?
- Is your passport up to date?
- Will you need visas?
- Will you need any vaccinations?
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