5 Reasons Why Travel Planning is Important
I write this post and related posts on travel planning with the aim to contribute to the travel community on the very same topic of Travel Planning and why it is important to plan your travels. I hope that the comprehensive list will become a traveller’s resource and help make travel experiences less stressful.
In this post you will find 5 Reasons Why Travel Planning is important. Before I take you through the reasons, I’d like you to know that I appreciate travel planning can be daunting sometimes, especially if it is your first time to travel. You wouldn’t know where to start and it’s easy to get overwhelmed over what is step 1, step 2 and so on. I remember my family trips when my kids were still in diapers, and what helped me then and still does, is that I always had a list, to ensure that I do not miss anything important, like their favourite toys or a little character cushions that they can’t do without. Space had to be made for these. All you Mums out there know exactly what I am talking about 😊. You can read more About Me here.
I have planned many travels, long-haul, short-haul and within UK. I have done so in a personal capacity for my family, friends, colleagues as well as business trips. I always had a list! I like lists 😊, I guess I am just wired that way! Don’t get me wrong…I am all for the “unplanned”, off the beaten path kind of adventure too but I think you do need to have a plan to do the unplanned and off the beaten path kind of adventure. When you think about it, travelling is not as easy or simple as choosing a destination, booking your flight and off you go! Although sometimes you can if it is within the same country or when you are familiar with the destination where you do not have to research so much. However, there is more to travelling!
There is more to travelling because it is about making a trip, a trip that is stress-free, a trip without major hitches, or even if you come to face certain “hitches”, how you could cope with it. So, for me, in my plan, I have a pre-travel, travel and post-travel list of things to do. All three lists are important because they are inter-related. It has helped with many of my vacations and I am sure that it will help yours too. I know, I know…it sounds daunting and pedantic but believe me, having a list which embodies a plan is so worth it. It’s the know-how and the basic framework that will make travelling look like a piece of cake and make you feel less stressed. I am certain that you will agree with me when you have gone through reading them. Follow the list on the blogs as I publish them, and you will discover Why. If you disagree with me, make sure to let me know in comments below and I am happy to be convinced otherwise 😊
So, to start with, in this post, I will list the reasons why I think travel planning is important. I will follow up with a Pre-travel Planning list – a suggestion of 25 Top Tips for a Stress-free Vacation next week.
The 5 reasons why travel planning is important are:
1. Travel Planning Saves time
Some may dismiss planning as too time consuming and that it is okay to plan on the go. Well, it may be okay but if you spend a little time on your to-do list, it helps you to think about priorities, allocate time for attractions and consider your budget.
It is also an opportunity to have flexibility built-in for unforeseen circumstances such as weather or traffic conditions. In addition, when you are on vacation, I am sure your goal is to maximise your experiences at your travel destination instead of spending time googling places to visit or figuring out what to do. So, spending a little time to plan will maximise your time when travelling. To do so, will enhance your experiences.
2. Travel Planning Helps You Prioritise and Maximise Your Experiences
Depending on your destination, you may have a lot of attractions or just a few. Whatever there may be, prioritising what you want to experience will play an important role in how many of these experiences you can have during your vacation. While you are prioritising, you may also consider attractions that are close together where you can visit in a day or half a day. Prioritising may help free-up time for a spa or a little down-time, which sometimes gets overlooked because it is not embedded into our travels.
3. Travel Planning Stretches Your Pound or Dollar
Travel is not an open-cheque vacation, I am sure. For me and for most of us, we have a budget with a little fund set aside for emergencies. It is within this budget that we seek to maximise our experiences–accommodation, attractions, food and transport. Researching on the attractions, local delicacies, local crafts and other “must see” will help with budgeting. You can dismiss the least important attractions and visit or do some off the beaten path exploring.
Transportation from one place to another will also impact on your budget, so researching on how best to get around your destination will help. You can also research on free entry attractions. Purchasing tickets in advance and online will help with budgeting. Stretching a pound or a dollar means more experiences and planning helps you do that.
4. Travel Planning Means Essentials are not Forgotten
Planning helps you to think about the necessary essentials you may need on your travel. For example, the type of clothing for the weather at the time you are travelling. Travel vaccinations, medication and any bug-sprays which you may need.
5. Travel Planning Prepares You for Immigration Issues & Emergencies
When travelling abroad, you must comply with the immigration rules in the destination country. Planning helps you to ensure that you have the required visa and meet any other requirements necessary for entry. You need to ensure you have the phone numbers of your embassies in case of emergencies. Remember also to have phone numbers of emergency contacts at home.
In a Nutshell
My conclusion in a nutshell, Get Travel Planning! How your vacation should be is important because you want it to be a positive experience, stress-free and fun. I believe Planning your Travels can help you do just that. It saves you time, stretches your money, maximises your experiences and a hassle-free vacation. I hope this post was helpful in deciding why planning should be embedded into all travels.
Look-out for my upcoming blog post next week on:
Pre-travel Planning – 25 Top Tips for a Stress Free Vacation
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