Pre-Trip Planning

Thanksgiving-dinnerWe are now in the second week of November and for me that means: time to think about Thanksgiving. I travel to visit my parents every Thanksgiving weekend – I can’t get enough of eating my mother’s turkey and watching the Big Game with my Dad! You may be preparing to visit your family, or planning to use the Thanksgiving vacation time to tour a new place. There are lots of ways to make trip preparation easier and more efficient, from how you plan your trip to have you pack your suitcase. For us, the internet generation, planning a trip has never been easier. You can find out everything – from how to get there to what to do to what to eat to where to stay to whether it’s going to rain – from relevant internet sites. So stay tuned… my next few posts will be devoted to helping you have an easier pre-trip period and a more fun trip!
For today, here are some tips for traveling to a new place:
1. Make a checklist for travel
2. Define your mode of transportation (of course the internet is a great way to find out how to get wherever you want to go – and then to buy your plane or train ticket
3. Find a place to stay – Again check online for hotels and be sure to read the reviews from people who have been there. Then book your stay.
4. Travel to and from the airport – many hotels have a shuttle service that you can pre-book. This will save you a lot of money as they are usually cheaper than a taxi. You may also be able to take a train or bus.
5. Check out events in the city. Plan the fun part of your visit by finding out what festivals or events will be held during your stay. Make sure to check out the hours and days that the museums and other attractions are open so you don’t end up disappointed.
6. Make a Budget – and then stick to it! Remember to review the local currency and to convert some money before you leave.
7. Packing Lists — More on this in a future post.