Therefore, pay attention to these TWO very important facets of any trip-
- Event management and
- Administrative details
- Arranging the Finances – This is the crucial part, especially for those who are not rich and famous. Based on the total financial outlay, one can plan the type of services that one should go for. You could thereby add or cut down upon your itinerary or go for luxury, economy or budget holiday.
- Listing out Itinerary – Make a list of complete itinerary and go over it a few times, so that there is no clash of dates and timings for the next step.
- Getting Bookings Organized – Based on the itinerary, get the bookings of travel (air/train/bus/car) as well as staying (hotels) done. Do take time to check out the cancellation policies and keep the telephone numbers handy.
- Go through Legal Requirements Carefully – For a visit abroad it is important to go through the requirements of Visa, local addresses, embassy contact numbers etc so that you don’t get stranded due to lack of any connected formalities at any place.
- Collect Information – Before you start our journey, you ought to have all the information about each place in your itinerary. This would include road maps in case going by road, taxi fares, places to visit and their distances from your place of stay, eating out plans, need for special arrangements like medical facility in case of any problem, etc.
This is a very important part since your comfort level would hinge upon it. Pack your bags in a way that they are well within the permissible limits for air travel. Also, they should be easy to carry – hence keep your baggage light!
Based on the itinerary, check out the weather conditions at that particular time of the year and plan your wardrobe accordingly. Take items that are easy to wash and wear, so that you can make do with three to four pairs of everything.
Make a checklist of items that you would be carrying. Do include a small pack that has things like a piece of twine, clothes clips, foldable hangers, some padlocks of various sizes, metal fasteners or chains for securing luggage, soap, jack-knife, small pair of scissors, nail cutters, phone chargers, emergency flashlight, mosquito repellants, medicated band-aids, antibiotic sprays, emergency medicines for common ailments, prescription medicines, etc. These often come handy and are not readily available since you would be in a new place and won’t know from where to get them.
Remember, you are going to a new place where the food available may not be to your liking or may not suit you. Therefore, plan to carry biscuits or chocolates or dried / dehydrated items that you may want to use.
While you travel, if you have a local friend, try and make him/her a part of your group so that you can overcome language barriers and generally are able to get around more easily.