The Ultimate Step by Step Travel Planning Guide


Your Journey Begins Here!

It is quite obvious that almost everyone is excited to step out of their homes after this COVID pandemic. So are you planning a trip overseas? It can be overwhelming to plan a trip overseas, no matter how long or how short it is. Don’t worry! The very first thing you might be lacking is planning. Planning- is the initial yet the most important part of a trip. Has the idea of planning a vacation ever seemed too, well… overwhelming? It can be downright stressful to plan a trip: from getting a visa to figuring out transportation to reserving hotels and getting local currency, there are many things to consider. Isn’t that contradictory? 

Taking a relaxing vacation while stressing about it. We’ve all been there. Many times, actually. But I have learned a few things along the way, and am here to help. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide that will help you make planning a trip easier, so you won’t forget anything. With this guide, you can stop stressing and start making your travel dreams come true!

Turn Your Travel Daydream Into Reality!

This itinerary will take you from the brainstorming phase to your destination, regardless of whether it’s a 2-week getaway or an extended journey with no clear end date. It may actually be fun planning your next vacation. I dare you. Okay, take a deep breath, because I am about to start digging right in!

Figure Out Your Travel Budget

You have to take a good look at your finances before you can start planning a vacation, and figure out how much money you can spend. This will determine where you can travel to and for how long in the future. You may be intimidated by this step, but I have broken it down for you so you can make your own travel budget.

Decide Your Travel Style/ Partners

Are you planning a short vacation, a 3-week trip overseas, or a long-term trip? 

…And who else is coming with you?

Do you plan on traveling solo or with a partner? Is it with friends or with your family and children? What you choose to do can greatly influence your trip.

  • Traveling alone? It is very satisfying to travel solo, and there are many fantastic cities all over the world for solo travelers to explore.
  • Looking for the perfect romantic getaway? Beaches and resorts aren’t the only places to find romance. You can search for various destinations as well.
  • Are you planning a family vacation? Around the world, you can find amazing places to take your children!

Choose The Destination

The next step may seem obvious to some people, maybe you are already planning your trip because you know exactly where you want to go. You can skip right to research if you already know your destination, but there are still a few things you should consider.

You may already have your vacation time set up, but still aren’t sure where to go, so I suggest you look at the map. No joke! Let’s talk about it…

Start by circling all the cities, towns, and tourist attractions you want to see on a map. Take a look at Instagram for inspiration. Be open-minded. What would you like to do? Is there anything you would like to see or experience? A trusted blogger’s recommendation is usually the first thing I look at when planning a route.

Book Flights

Are you sure where you want to go? Double-check. Is your visa ready? Verify. 

Finally, our favorite part: you’re ready to book your flight!

To begin, answer these questions: What airport will you fly into? Would you like to make a round trip and depart from the same airport? If not, where will you depart from? 

Book Accommodation

It may be advantageous to book all your accommodation ahead of time or to book none at all depending on the length of your trip. However, if you’re traveling for a long period of time, you might just need to book a few days at a time. Alternatively, you may choose to walk into hotels when you arrive in a town once you’ve arrived.

Research things To Do

Here’s where the fun really begins…I LOVE to research new places and find out what kind of adventures I can have there. You can do the research via Pinterest, Bloggers, and a lot more. 


Now it’s starting to feel real, isn’t it? Your trip is fast approaching, so start packing!

It can be a challenge to pack for a trip. It’s important to be prepared and don’t forget anything, but you don’t want to feel overwhelmed by too much stuff.

I’m right there with you if you’re a self-proclaimed over-packer or someone who ends up using only half of what’s in your suitcase on every vacation! If you plan ahead of time, you won’t be rushing last-minute to stuff everything into your oversized suitcase. 

Last-Minute Prep

You’ve reached the final step! Just a few last-minute arrangements and a little research remain before your trip. Make sure you carry the following

  1. Passport/Identification
  2. Wallet/credit cards (and backups!)
  3. Chargers for all of your electronics
  4. Kindle or e-reader
  5. Necessary Medicines
  6. Travel pillow
  7. Insulated water bottle


That’s it, these are the simple steps you’ll need to follow when planning a trip anywhere in the world. 

Planning a trip with these tips can help relieve some of the stress, but it is important to realize that even the best-laid schemes sometimes go horribly wrong. Travel is especially problematic because too many factors are beyond your control.

It’s ok if you do that. In fact, that part is half the fun! The reason I keep coming back for more is that it’s exactly what makes travel such a rewarding experience.

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  • An enthusiastic and dedicated writer, Parul is always keen to learn and explore something new. She is open to learning and writing unique content in various niches like food, travel, photography, etc.

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