About a year ago I embarked on a trip with my sister and brother-in-law.  As it turns out I happened to be the third wheel in the group as no one else wanted to be my partner *sniffles*.  All jokes aside, there was quite a bit of planning involved to making this trip run smoothly.  So, here are my top 4 tips for planning out your trip.

Figure Out Where You Want To Go

This may seem very easy, but is it really?  If you’re on a budget like I was, then you can’t just go any place you please and you sure aren’t going to go to just any place that is cheap.  First thing you need to do, is figure out where you want to go while still maintaining a budget.  Now i had a budget of about 2 thousand, so I knew going to Japan or really any place in Asia was not easily possible, especially for 2 weeks.  After doing more and more research, we found that the best deals were for Europe.  I did after all want to go to Europe so this worked out perfectly.

Be Patient And Do Research

Once we figured out where we can go based off where we want to go and what we could afford, we needed to buy plane tickets, hotels and tours.  Now here is where you need to be patient.  The best deals tend to happen when you least expect.  Doing simple research is not enough to save money, in fact you need to get down and dirty when it comes to research.  We started searching for the best flights available and hotels using sites like Airbnb and so forth.  Finally after weeks of searching we were able to get our hand on the best priced flights we could find and also the best priced lodging too!  Again being patient and doing research can save you hundreds if not thousands.

Plan Out Your Trip

When you head to the unknown you typically want to plan out your route, and heading to an unknown city on vacation is no exception.  Take the time to do research and find the best places to visit.  Sometimes tourist attractions are really just money traps and usually there are other better places visit.  If there is something you want to see and it’s located in the south side of town then plan things to do in that area for the day instead of travelling all across the city.  By doing this, you’ll save money on transportation and maximize your time doing things you want to do.

Have Fun

Once everything is completely planned out, there is no need to worry or stress. Enjoy the time leading up the vacation. Occasionally do some more research and if you need to adjust the itinerary then go ahead, but don’t bang your head against the wall because you aren’t able to do something or see something. Point is, enjoy the excitement leading up to the vacation, trust me, it’s worth it.