Hotel accommodations, airfare and rental vehicles might be considered as the holy trinity as far as travel preparation is concerned. However, successfully completing these aspects of your travel only marks the start of the real process of planning for a trip. If you would like to have the smoothest and most headache-free travel, taking care first of crucial tasks such as researching about the activities you can do at your destination, getting your house in order and managing your finances is the real key. Make sure that you accomplish and consider all these things before you step out of your house!
Contact a House Sitter/Kennel
The moment you have finally set the date for your travel, the very first thing that you need to do is get in touch with a house sitter or pet kennel or any reliable service for that matter to ensure their availability. In fact, you might as well take care of these things before you book your travel to ensure that everything, including your pets, will be safe and comfortable even when you are away.
Take Care of Advance Payments and “Stop” Orders
After booking your travel, it is important that you place “stop” orders on your regular services or deliveries, which can include newspapers, housecleaners, postal mail and others. If you would like a certain service to continue, say, landscaping, you might want to consider giving an advance payment in case this is not the usual agreement that you have.
There are a lot of service providers that will let you place your stop orders via online, particularly in cases of most newspapers and mail delivery. Since majority of stop orders need advance notice of 1 or 2 business days, see to it that you take care of all these concerns for at least 3 days prior to your travel.
Know the Weather
If there is one factor that can most likely affect your travel either negatively or positively, it will be the weather and sadly, a lot of people simply take this for granted. Even though you might be sure that it will be warm on your destination when you go to it on spring, remember that there will always be exceptions to the current weather patterns, particularly when it is in transitional weather. Having a weather forecast will be able to help in your packing strategy. Failure to look into the weather might make you end up as an unhappy, unprepared and soggy traveler.
Manage the Flow of Cash
If you will travel domestically, see to it that you visit your bank prior to embarking on your trip so that you will not run short on cash and feel the need to instantly look for an ATM once you arrived at your destination. On top of that, you will also be able to save on the ATM fees if you will withdraw from machines run by your bank instead of others.
But if you will be travelling to another country, the best option that you’ve got is to visit the nearest ATM the soonest that your plane arrived and withdraw using the currency in the area. You can check ahead of time on the airport’s website where you will be arriving for you to ensure that there is an available ATM for you to use.
Search Online about Your Hobbies’ Availability in Your Destination
There is no other way for you to know where you are going to find the “best of” given endeavors. For instance, if you love rowing, you might want to research about the best place in your destination where you can fulfill your hobby so that you can come fully prepared and ready for some fun!
Plan the First Day
The initial day of your travel is sometimes lost to unfamiliar surroundings and logistics, which makes the whole idea of travelling a bit disappointing and even frustrating. The very first thing that you need to do is haul yourself together with your stuff to a safe resting place. After that, figure out exactly at, what nearby attractions can you see and how you will be able to make the most out of the limited time that you have. Advanced planning can help you in making the best out of this initial day of your travel that sometimes comes full with confusions.
Travelling can be fun and exciting but these can be easily overshadowed by simple mishaps and even the smallest failure of giving attention to details, especially when you do not plan ahead of time. The things mentioned above are only some that you need to consider before anything else. There are still a whole lot more and knowing the rest of them will definitely guarantee you of experiencing only the best travel than you never had before!