How to Plan a Trip | Beginner's Guide to planning a Trip

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Are you planning for an upcoming trip? Traveling and being a tourist is fun and exciting, but planning a trip is not always fun. There are a lot of details and logistic to consider. If you unsure of where to start your planning or how to plan a trip, this guide is for you. Whether you’re planning a weekend giveaway or a week long trip, here are some tips to help you plan.  

Season or weather:

What season will your location be in when you arrive? This is important because it will help you to plan your excursions and outfits accordingly. This will also make you aware of what the weather will be like when you arrive. During hurricane season in the south, there may be a lot of rainstorms. Winter in the Midwest means waterparks are closed and you’ll need hats and jackets.

Duration of Your Trip:

How long will you stay? Is the trip just a weekend getaway or a full week trip? Is it an entire month? Knowing how long you’ll be staying will help you figure out what you want to do and when you should do things. 

Transportation There:

Will you be driving or flying or taking the train or bus? This is crucial because planning a trip you have to consider the transportation time. Flying may only take 2 hours but driving may take 7 hours, and this will affect your schedule. For example, if a trip takes 7 hours of driving and you arrive at 3pm, that gives you 4-5 hours to do something that day. If you fly and it only takes 2 hours to get there and you arrive around noon, you have almost an entire day left to do things. Plus, depending on your budget, this is an area you may have to compromise. 

Stay/Room & Board:

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Where are you going to stay? Will you be staying at a hotel, Airbnb, hostel, or with  friends/family? This is important because a hotel experience is different from a hostel experience. What experience do you want to have? What is your budget? 

Transportation Around:

How are you going to get around? After planning the trip, don’t forget this one! If you’re traveling to a big city, look into their public transporation services. If you’re going to be in a city that doesn’t have good public transportation, will you have to rent a car? This is extremely important.

Excursions & Activities:

What are you going to do there? After you’ve figured out what the weather may be like, how long you’ll be there, how you’ll be getting around, it is time to figure out what you want to do. The internet makes it super simple to search what you can do. What restaurants do you want to try? What museums or historical places do you want to visit? What sites and activities do you want to see and do? Think about these things and google search away. 


Anything can go wrong, things can come up—keep your plans tentative. Even after planning everything, things can still go wrong: your flight could get delay, you could get into an accident, the sites and restaurants you want to visit may be super busy, you could sick, and the list goes on. Don’t get upset if things don’t go according to plan. Still make the best of your time there. 

That’s my planning a trip guide. Whenever I’m going somewhere, I always go through this list to make sure I cover the basics. This list has helped me a lot and I hope it serves you too! 

Where are you traveling to? What are some of your planning tips? Share them with us!

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