I get a lot of messages from my friends and family on how I plan my vacations. I know the word planning can cause some stress, but it can be fun, I promise.
Is planning my vacations alone a headache? Hell yeah. Its hard, especially when you are also planning a group vacation where most have to come down to a consensus. In this post I’ll show you my process and the tools I use to organize my thoughts. Planning your vacations helps you stay organize and it may help you with obtaining a better travel experience. FIRST THING FIRST THIS IS NOT FOR LAZY PEOPLE! If you “don’t have time” it’s because YOU don’t create the time. So please leave the excuse and just do what you want to do and make the time.
With the help and experience of many travel blogger I follow these 7 great planning tips:
# 1 Where are you going?
After the endless nights of searching on the web of course, before your plan a trip you want to know where you want to go. You don’t want to start the organization process and then change your mind to then start all over!
# 2 After you are sure of where you are going, think about the weather and the best time to go and where to stay.
On our trip to Panana we choose to go during rain season primary because it was more affordable. It did rain, but like many tropical countries the sun never fails, it always peaks out and you can soon enjoy the sun and catch a tan.
# 3 Find the most affordable flights
There are a few sites and apps I use! For Panama we booked our hotel and flight via Expedia, but if your booking flight and stay separate these are my go to flight search engines:
“Hopper predicts prices with 95% accuracy up to 1 year in advance. No ads, no spam, no stress — just accurate predictions and the easiest way to book and save.”
“We’ve made it our mission to lead the global transformation to modern and sustainable travel. We’re at the start of our journey, but commited to make a positive impact. Here are some of the changes we’re making.”
Google has it all!
# 4 Budget your trip
Did you know there are travel budgeting apps? Well yes, that’s how I started. It was cool in the beginning but can be hard to keep track. Now its easier for me to plan trips 9-10 months in advance and pay as I progress closer to the trip. If you can manage your debt it works to use credit cards that accumulates travel points for future adventures.
Last but not least,
# 6 Book and Organize
When all is booked now its time to use Google to Organize your flight, stay, and things to do. Here is how I organized my trip to Panama using Google Slides.