Getting ready for Travel!

As you can imagine from my travel posts, we have been traveling a lot these days. So, I thought of putting down essentials to travel smart and making the best use of your outing. Here they are based on my year’s of experience:

  1. Prepare well in advance: Nothing can replace good research and that is where many websites and blogs come in handy. When we have to travel, we plan well ahead in advance to see what we have to see at any location; how much time each spot will take; hotels close by and their rates based on desired options; parking aspects (if driving on your own) at busy locations; distance and travel time between two attractions; entry fees for each spot; and, where can we take the best shots.

When I also write on travel, I like to put down certain nitty-gritties that would help the readers with certain unique aspects, which they might not find on the net otherwise. It is only after visiting the site that one gets to know about them (or by being smart and doing research).

  1. Budget travel: There are ways to save money – Buying packages for multiple attractions at a place; using bonus points of credit card for booking; traveling during off-season; traveling to a nearby airport rather than a popular one; booking early to avail special ‘advance-purchase’ rates; and, even sleeping at the airport to save some bucks if you have flight early morning.

We do all this, that is why our planning for a 10-day trip starts more than 2 months in advance. We have to absolutely make sure we have done our homework well, so we don’t regret later.

  1. Working out the emergencies: What if it rains at a place where you were supposed to spend the time outdoors? Well, if you were looking to see museums in that city the next day, you can just swap the itinerary for those days. But for that also, your layout for both days should have been planned that way, since you wouldn’t want to spend time thinking when you are on the road already!

Weather can indeed play a havoc with your travel plans, so do plan a workaround. Sometimes, some activities can only be done in certain weather conditions, so keep an eye on that too.

  1. Keep backup options: No matter how much planning you do, there could be last minute changes for various reasons (say, the flight got delayed). If you thought you wanted to spend half-a-day at a Botanic Garden but didn’t like it so much, what do you do? You could have kept some back-ups for that day, just in case you had some extra time. One can prioritize the spots for any day and proceed with them in that order.

Since we spend too much money on our trips, we would want to make the best of it. And, create some good memories too!

  1. Travel blueprint: Now that you have done your homework and are ready to fly, the best you can do is to print or carry a soft copy of the entire research you’ve done. It is difficult to just memorize everything that you have concluded on. We normally carry a hard-copy too, apart from keeping an electronic version.

Sharing with you one such blueprint for our longest trip (yet) starting today in California – we have created templates over the years and the new details just go in there:Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 5.40.13 AM

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79 thoughts on “Getting ready for Travel!

  1. Ah! The secret is out!!
    Alok I also believe in preparing well.. and much in advance. At the same time, I love to leave some aspects to chances… what’s travel without some element of surprise? So it’s usually hotel booking which is left out to chance. only exception -peak season. But generally I prefer not to travel in peak season. great write up Alok!

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    1. There are always surprises, not matter how much we plan. Like in my recent California trip, my wife got a back pain after a strenuous hike…so i had to go out on my own for a couple of days while she took rest in the hotel.

      Thank you so much for a good addition to the post.

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  2. I’m impressed! Such thorough work!

    We like to plan in advance when travelling too, but to be honest my idea of a vacation is being able to laze out more than striking everything off the list. 😀

    Have a great time…which I’m sure you will….and keep us updated. 🙂

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    1. Happy to read you inputs, Varsh. As much as i would like to laze around, i don’t think i am meant for that kind of a vacation. I like to venture out and cover as much as i can.

      I know that doesn’t mean a vacation to many, but that’s me utilizing my time and money 🙂

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  3. With every travel we learn new stuff. It’s always a new experience. Through a well planned trip helps you to enjoy and saves a lot of time. Itinerary prepared before hand prevents unnecessary fiddling.

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  4. Welcome to California Alok! It is a beautiful state…don’t miss San Diego and LA and Vegas. Good planning is the foundation of a fantastic trip.
    We have visited Falsom many times to meet our extended family but never tried to go around!! Looking forward to your nitty gritties! 🙂

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  5. It’s funny how I did the same for a Calcutta trip. I also add the distance from the hotel where we’re staying, and the best option to reach back, along with the nearest metro station! Very smart ideas 🙂

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  6. No matter how much planning you do, there could be last minute changes for various reasons (say, the flight got delayed). If you thought you wanted to spend half-a-day at a Botanic Garden but didn’t like it so much, what do you do? You could have kept some back-ups for that day, just in case you had some extra time. One can prioritize the spots for any day and proceed with them in that order.It happens really. well written and definitely interesting.

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  7. I’m not much of a planner. I just go. And when I do experience setbacks, I take it as a challenge. I look for the bright sides of misadventures. 😉
    But you do supplied us with helpful remainders. Making travel plans save, at most, time and money.
    I am a budget traveler too. I forget about inconvenience when I travel.

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  8. You are a meticulous person, Alok. Very apt suggestion for keeping a back-up plan. Now I know ..with so much thinking put into the travel project is the reason we get to see some wonderful travel pix and posts by you. These are captured with a very relaxed mind i believe 🙂

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