Benefits of Travel Planning and How to Get Started

If you travel frequently or travel a lot then you must have realized the importance of travel planning. A well planned trip really gets you your money’s worth. You are aware of your schedule, plus you are not wasting your time in figuring out (at the last minute) what to see, what to do, where to eat, etc. But still a lot of people travel with vague plans and without a complete picture. A lot of people say to me that travel planning is hard and time consuming and that if they were to wait for a travel plan then they would not be able to travel at all.

I disagree with all of them. Yes, it takes time to plan a trip but whats the point of traveling to another country or city if you are not going to see the best sites, taste the local food, or experience the top activities. Following are some of the tips that you can use to plan a near perfect trip for yourself.

First of all, zero out on a location where you would like to travel, it may be another city, state or another country.

Second, Why you would like to go there? Maybe some friend or family member went there and were full of praise or may be you read about it on internet or magazine or saw it on TV. Realizing WHY you want to travel to a particular location will help you plan the trip properly. For example, you may want to travel to the New York city to see the skyscrapers, or/and see Statue of liberty or/and may be visits the Museums.

Third, How long i.e. How many days you want to spend in the new place.

Once you have decided WHERE you want to go, understand WHY you want to travel there and decided HOW long you want to visit for, you can then begin preparing your itinerary.

You should start by asking your friends, family & co-workers about the destination that you have selected. If they have not been there, you should ask if anybody they know have traveled to that place. If yes, then don’t be shy of talking to that other person about their experience. Realize that people love to talk about their trips. This way you would learn a lot and maybe make a new friend in the process.

You can watch YouTube videos or watch Travel Channel to get ideas about the place you would like to visit.

Further, Google is your friend, you can search for the location to get tons of information about any place. There are thousands if not millions of Travelogues written virtually about all places on this earth.

Tripadvisor.com is an excellent site to research about any destination. You can ask questions, read about other’s experience etc. But the research on internet is time consuming and you should be diligent.

Lastly, you can even read the travel books, city guides by Frommer’s, Lonely Planet and Fodor’s. These are very well written and cater to all level’s i.e. Newbies, repeat, expert etc.

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Layaway Travel Plans – The Best Way to Enjoy Your Vacation With No Worries

Layaway travel plans are a great way to save up for that dream vacation without worrying about financial constraints. Layaway is fairly old school, but this idea is still highly effective especially in our present economic situation. This payment method is quite flexible and convenient, so you can just squeeze it into your existing budget plan. If chosen carefully, layaway travel plans could really work to your advantage.

Before hitting the net for the best layaway travel plans, make sure that you’ve already cleared up your calendar. If you’re planning to go as a group, make sure that your schedules coincide because you might end up paying extra for rescheduling the trip. Most travel agencies would generally recommend that you should plan your vacation 6 months to 1 year before your expected date of departure.

Most travel agencies dress up their layaway plans through attractive packages that address specific needs of an individual or group. You’ve probably heard them being called as a family package, honeymoon package, or group package. The inclusive items in the packages would generally differ for each travel agency. Some of these agencies would even give their customers the freedom to take off some items from the package that they think is not relevant to their vacation. The amount of this excluded item would then be subtracted from the total package amount.

But before you could start drafting any plans, you’re expected to pay a primary deposit of around $100 to $150 per person (again, this depends for each travel company). This payment would directly go to their affiliated cruise or tour package dealer that you’ve chosen. After the initial payment, you should be able to pay for the full amount within forty days to ninety days before the actual day of departure. All of these are subjected to random price increase or decrease – check with your travel company regarding their policies about pricing changes.

Great offers would look better if you know that it’s the real deal. And in order to do just that, take the time to practice a little vigilance in choosing the travel company that you’re planning to partner with. You could do this by calling their office phone number or checking their office address just to know that everything is legit. Reading online reviews about the best travel agencies could also help you in narrowing your options to save you all that time and effort.

When you’ve already chosen a travel company, make sure to secure a printed copy of their layaway policies and package deal itineraries. Don’t be afraid to ask about their terms and conditions just in case you’ll decide to stop from pursuing the vacation plan (if there are extra charges or payment reimbursement involve). Remember that layaway travel plans that don’t give you a full advantage are not worth the consideration in the first place.

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Travel Professional – Make Your Travel Plans Come True

Planning the right traveling experience could prove to be a veritable nightmare for the inexperienced. What could be the best place to stay? What kind of food could be expected? To take care of all this and more, people these days are turning towards the travel professional for help. But the problem does not end here, how is he/she to know what your likes or dislikes are? There could be as many reasons for travel and there could be many destinations. So, instead of just handing over your work to the professional, talk to them and work with them to make your travel a truly delightful memorable experience.

Freezing on the right place to travel is not always as easy as it seems. If you are planning on a vacation, start with your budget and the number of days you can give for the vacation. Also decide whether you would like to travel within the country or abroad. With these details in mind, the travel professional will come up with a possible list of destinations for you. Nowadays, most of the places have their travel and tourism information displayed in their website. You can do your research online and decide on your destination. Here, you could also make use of the travel agent’s personal knowledge.

If your travel plans include airline, cruise or rail travel or if you intend to travel in a large group, making your travel plans early would be advisable. The travel professional will be aware of offers and discounts available in such cases and you can make the best use of this. You would get better prices and try to avoid last-moment rush. You can make clear and detailed tour plans by planning well in advance.

Spend some time explaining your choices to the travel professional. It is possible that you might not like to mingle with certain type of people. For example, if you are planning a family trip, you might feel uncomfortable in the presence of a honeymoon couple. Or if you are going on a retirement vacation, you might not like to spend time with a rock band. The professional can provide useful input on the profile of people staying in a particular resort or the kind of people that choose a particular cruise. Armed with this information, you can plan you trip better.

Many a time we travel to bond closer to people- family, friends, partners, parents, etc. But if your choices are different, traveling together could become tough. Once again, take your travel professional into confidence. Involve the people you intend to travel with in your dialogue with your agent. Together you can come up with a plan that offers something for everyone. Yes, taking the help of a professional makes travel easier but to make it more comfortable and enjoyable, you also must work with the professional. With their expertise and know-how and the inputs from your side about the choices, budget, time, etc your trip can become a fantasy that would forever replay in your mind.

Shafi Farooqui is an Entrepreneur,Internet Marketing business coach from Alberta, Canada. A Certified Travel Professional with an Industry experience of 20 Plus Years is thrilled to share with you how a career in Internet marketing can make your dreams of financial freedom and personal achievement come true.

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They Say That If You Fail to Plan, You Are Planning to Fail – Is it the Same Travel Planning?

Have you ever been on a vacation or business trip and everything seemed to go wrong? For instance you forgot the adapter for your smart phone, or the cord for your laptop. Perhaps you didn’t pack the right clothes and you ran into weather and found yourself, rather than enjoying your vacation, trying to find a local Wal-Mart to get a jacket. It’s happened to me several times, and usually it’s because I didn’t plan my travel needs correctly.

However, since I am now a seasoned traveler, I have a little checklist, it’s really simple, but it prevents me from forgetting the important things. Things like phone numbers that I need to call when I get some place, or universal travel plugs. Travel planning can be very simple, or it can be quite complex, and it often matters what type of traveling you’re doing. Even a simple 3 x 5 index card as a checklist inside of your suitcase can help.

If you are like me and you like to travel light, you might even stick it on the inside of your laptop bag, or the bag you use as your carry-on luggage. It makes sense to keep it simple. Having printouts of itineraries, emergency phone numbers, and secondary plan B or escape plans also makes sense. You never know if you’re going to get stuck in weather, or stuck in an airport for hours on end. What are you going to do if you miss your connecting flight?

Sometimes, if you plan these things in advance, then what might have been a major catastrophe for someone else, can turn into an opportunity for you. For instance if you are stuck for four or five hours at an airport, perhaps you know something very close by you can go see or do. Having secondary itinerary travel plans make a lot of sense and it sure has helped me out over the years. In fact, I’ve made many friends who were also stuck at airports who decided they would rather join me and accompany me in my secondary plans while we were stuck at the airport for six or seven hours waiting for the next connecting flight.

The reality is you just never know, and “if you fail to plan, you are really planning to fail,” and that goes for travel planning as well. Indeed, hope you’ll please consider this, and if you have any other ideas or suggestions please send me an e-mail. Think on it.

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