How to plan your next vacation

Even if you’re a seasoned traveler, planning a trip can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re juggling multiple destinations, people, and things to do!

These seven steps will help you make sure all of your bases are covered.

Choose your destination

Do you want to explore a local place or travel abroad? If you imagine yourself on vacation, what are the surroundings and activities that appeal to you the most? Do you prefer to spend your days lazing on a lounge chair, hiking through the countryside or exploring towns rich in history and culture? Maybe you’d like to try out a new adventure sport or party until dawn … Basically figure out where you want to be and what you want to see, and the rest will be relatively easy!

Research (all!)

Know your destination in advance. Review weather conditions and popular times for travel (best to avoid peak seasons at this time) and make sure you understand all safety and security risks, including natural disasters. Plan an approximate route (always leave room for spontaneity!) And research how you’ll get around once you arrive.

Check your passport and visa requirements

If you don’t have valid travel documents, organize them well in advance to avoid being affected by unforeseen ministerial delays. Most countries will require at least six months validity on your passport and at least a few stamp-free pages. You can find visa requirements online; You can also chat with a travel agent or call the embassy or consulate at your destination.

Take out travel insurance

Make. Not. To jump. This. Stage! Travel insurance may seem like an unnecessary cost, but it’s the only way to protect yourself against canceled flights and theft of your belongings. It’s also vital if you get sick and need medical attention (ZAR doesn’t go far abroad!). Make copies of your travel documents and itinerary and leave them with a trusted friend or family member in case of an emergency.

Book flights and accommodation

Don’t be tempted to wait for last minute deals, especially if your travel dates aren’t flexible. Travel agents can help you find the best prices on flights and hotels, but you can also browse the web and use online services such as bookings.com and airbnb.com to quickly find several options.

Consult your general practitioner or your travel clinic

Aside from COVID-19, some destinations require vaccinations against diseases such as typhoid and yellow fever. These should be done six weeks before departure to ensure adequate protection. If you are traveling on prescription medication, it is also a good idea to get a letter from your doctor explaining what you are using and why. On that note, always travel with medications in their original packaging.

Pack in advance

This step will help you cut down on unnecessary items and avoid last minute panic. Click on here for the best tips on how to pack the light.

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