Setting Your Spring/Summer Travel Goals
With warm weather on its way, you’re probably itching to get out and travel. However, travel is one of those things that is definitely easier said than done. It’s usually not as easy as just jumping in your car or getting on a plane; after all, you need to put in some time planning your trip, among other things. Getting your travel time in line takes work, but the results more than make up for it. While you plan your travel, you’ll want to keep the following few things in mind.
Look at Your Budget and Set a Goal
Unfortunately, money can be a limiting factor in deciding where you want to go, as well as how long you can be gone for. Before you can book that plane ticket to Europe, you need to be sure that you can afford it. It’s great if you already have some money set aside for a future vacation, but if not, now is the time to start saving! Consciously set aside a certain amount of money each month that is solely for your trip. Once the other pieces of your trip start falling in place, you’ll have a better idea of how much you should be tucking away.
Research Where You Want To Go
The world is a big place, and there are a lot of things to see and do. It can be overwhelming to imagine traveling to to all the places you want to go. If you’re stuck, make a list of the top five places and start whittling down the list from there. You might make your choices based on the attractions in that place or how limited by your budget you are. Importantly, make your decision based on what’s important to you. Or, if you’re going with friends or family, you’ll want to have an open discussion about what everyone wants. Remember not to let others decide your trip for you. These are your travel goals, not theirs!
Figure Out Logistics
Once you have some ideas in mind of where you’d like to go, you’ll need to figure out logistics. If you have to take time off work, make sure you let your employer know once you’ve nailed down a potential timeframe. Keep in mind that you may need to work a little with your company and you may not get that week in June that you were hoping for. Also, depending on where you travel, you may need to have your passport ready or visa applications submitted well in advance. As you research the places you’ll be going, keep a note of things like this. In addition, if you’re traveling with others, these travel logistics will be compounded, so try to get it all figured out as soon as possible.
At this point, you’ll be well on your way to your spring or summertime adventure! All that will be left to do is daydreaming of your future trip and planning the things you’ll do while you’re away (which may be a herculean task on its own). Come autumn, don’t find yourself regretting the trips you didn’t take this year. Get planning soon!