Planning a trip overseas can be exciting, but can also be a bit stressful when it come to
making the necessary travel arrangements. There are lots tips and tricks that
can help you save time, money and ensure you're dream holiday to Europe or some
exotic beach in Asia turns out to be an amazing experience.
Here are our top 6 tips, to ensure that your dream vacation becomes everything you’ve hoped for:
1. Use the right cheap flight finding site
Finding the right flight at the right price can sometimes be a little tricky. Make sure you
don’t just stop at the first result you get while browsing on Google. Check out
FlightsDirect, CheapFlights, Skyscanner or Expedia (especially if you’re considering booking a
hotel room along with the airline tickets)
2. You don’t speak the local language? No problem!
If you’re traveling to a country where English isn’t widely spoken, you can use the Google
Translate app to translate words of phrases in 50 languages. This app is free and it lets you download free language packs on Android to access offline. Do this before you go and you won’t need data to use it overseas.
3. Find great hotel bargains worldwide
Seeking the best deal when it comes to accommodation? If so, then check out the secret hotel section at Lastminute.com where you can get good prices on rooms in up to five-star hotels worldwide.
4. Food isn’t banned through airport security
Airlines make extra cash by offering snacks to hungry travelers at sky-high prices. Purchasing food while flying can easily undo the savings you made on your ticket. Therefore, it is important to remember that only liquids are the ones you can't take through security, so next time plan ahead and bring your own snacks with you.
5. Avoid the ‘perfect trip’ trap
Holidays are a good way to relax and unwind. Like all other industries there are people that are in the business of offering you great holiday experiences and travel marketing aims to make you spend more and more by using emotive language such as “precious moments” or “magical
Many fall under this mirage and plan “the dream holiday” and only after they consider how they’ll pay for it. To avoid falling into this trap ask yourself first “what’s my budget for this holiday?” and then work around it and plan the best trip you can afford within that budget. Remember that a holiday lasts a week or so, you don’t need to ruin the rest of the year for it.
6. Keep track of your travel plans
If you're planning a big trip, don't just let a mass of disorganized booking confirmation emails pile up. Failing to keep track and you risk a nightmare finding it all before you go - or worse,
forgetting them altogether.
For those of you that use smartphones, there are free apps that can help keep track
of travel plans. TripIt and RememberThe Milk are two such examples that will definitely come in handy when it comes to keeping everything organized.
Is there anything else you’d add to this list? What is your advice for traveling overseas?