How I planned a month-long trip in twenty hours
Planning a large expedition such as staying a month-long trip requires a lot more, but planning this in 24 hours is crazy. This is one thing that happens to many especially career men and women whose job can throw them in any location. Your coming back depends on how fast you can accomplish the task given to you. This is exactly what happened to me that made me stay in a strange land for 30 days.
How do you want to start packing except picking up your briefcase and depart? Now that, you have paid for the flight, what next? How do you survive the 24 hours’ notice?
Here are some tips that helped me
I immediately researched my destination
I quickly researched to get insights on an airline that’s best suited for the area I’m heading.to. I also researched for a hotel with the intention of not staying there through-out my 30 days trip. I also researched about the weather, how the weather will be in the next thirty days, to know the right things to pick and the lifestyle there.
Created a rough itinerary
I created a rough itinerary for the necessary things I need-flight booking, hotel booking, travel documents, logistics, clothes and shoes in line with the weather of the destination, backpack for thirty days (light or heavy).electronic devices, and travelling insurance. Remember. It’s a rough list that will be looked into the second time. I will tick anyone sorted-out.
I’m in a “pack your bags and leave” situation., Where do I start? I quickly gathered all my travelling documents. The nature of my job doesn’t require me to dress corporate all the time; it helped me to pick items that can serve multiple purposes. I left space for other additions if the need arrives. My planned itinerary is not rigid; anything goes if it can fit into my plan. Three devices that go with me anywhere I go-to are also picked- laptop, camera and phone.
I Established a budget
Unprepared vacation can make someone spend so much, but I planned to spend based on what I budgeted for the next thirty days. I planned to avoid being in any financial pressure; this will help in keeping to a budget.
To disclose my location to Loved ones
This is 24 hours, and I should notify my loved ones about the planned trip of 30 days. I planned to communicate often with them using cheap communication means like Skype or WhatsApp. This will help me to be in a relaxed mood while in the foreign land.
Book your airfare.
Airfare will likely to be the most expensive part of the trip, I have to book it first, and I’m ready to go for any airline that offers a discount. One can spend less if he/she goes for international discount airlines.
Book your accommodations.
I did consider so many things, the price, the location and the facility. I like books for comfort; will my first hotel give me the necessary comfort all through the thirty days?. These are some of the things I considered before making the final decision.
Consider travel insurance.
I considered travel insurance as part of my backup plan. Yes, it attracts extra cost, but I don’t want to take the risk, I’m travelling to a foreign destination.