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Planning to Travel? 5 Things Consider When Planning Your Getaway

Travelling around the world has been put on the back burner for many people since 2020, so it’s understandable if you feel rusty when it comes to planning your next adventure. I can help!

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With so much change regarding travelling and what you need to prepare for, it pays to have a little refresher so you stay updated and can have the time of your life. Here we will cover the basics that you need to consider, from effectively budgeting to checking what COVID-related protocols you need to stick to. 

Wherever you go, though, be it an all-inclusive in Curaçao or a hiking experience in the Swiss Alps, always be a responsible tourist and treat every destination with respect. You can read more about responsible tourism here

1. Choose your desired location 

Before you begin packing or trying to set your budget, the first step for planning your next getaway is to narrow down exactly what you want, and find a destination that can cater to that.  

Ask yourself: 

  • Do you want to tick something off your personal bucket list with this trip? 
  • What is your preferred climate and season? 
  • Do you want to relax with a book? Or try and fit as much into every day? 

Answering these three questions will help you create a template of your ideal getaway, which you will then use to find the perfect destination.  

If you’ve always dreamed of climbing a mountain, then you should look for places with nearby access to great hiking and mountaineering experiences. If you’re interested in the beach, sun, and some peace and quiet, then you might benefit from a more remote island environment. 

Try to identify between 5 and 10 ideal destinations that match exactly what you are looking for. 

2. Research the rules relating to COVID-19 

Each country (and even different states within countries) will have different protocols that travelers must follow regarding COVID-19. From mask mandates and pre-departure COVID tests to quarantining for a short period when you arrive, be sure to research what is required for the locations that fit your ideal travel experience.  

Try to avoid locations that are hot spots for the virus and check that the activities you want to do are still available since some tourist attractions may be closed for the time being. 

Once you have all the information for each of your preferred destinations, decide which COVID protocols you are willing to put up with and which ones are deal-breakers for you. 

3. Calculate your budget 

Once you have your chosen destination, it’s time to calculate your budget. You probably already have a rough estimate of how much you want to spend, so now’s the time to apply that to the plan for your trip. 

Do you want to spend more on luxury 5-star hotels and restaurants? Or will you prioritise activities and sightseeing experiences over amenities? Would you prefer to hire your own vehicle? Or are you happy with public transport or joining a tour bus?  

Setting the standard of quality allows you to prioritise how you will spend your money and how long your budget will last for. With this information, think about how long you want to stay there. If you prefer great hotels and restaurants, you might have to shorten your stay to ensure you get a quality experience every day. If you want to stay longer, you can try reducing how much you spend on food and accommodation. 

4. Consider all-inclusive resorts to help regulate costs 

There are some great all-inclusive resorts around the world, and the best part is that they help you stick to your budget. Combining your accommodation with your food and alcohol expenses and then paying for it upfront means no hidden expenses and a lower chance of blowing your budget. 

You can try finding an all-inclusive resort close to the main attractions that you want to visit, or if you aren’t interested in leaving the resort, then you can look for a luxury resort on a remote island for added privacy. If this sounds like you, then the latest Sandals Curaçao resorts might be for you. Here you can enjoy everything the Caribbean has to offer with a great 5-star, all-inclusive in Curaçao experience away from civilisation. 

5. Consider travelling during off-season 

Travelling during the peak tourist season means virtually everything will be more expensive, from flights to accommodation and local activities. You might also experience queues and wait times for local attractions, so try going in the off-season. 

If you want to go skiing, for example, you will still need to go when there is snow. In this case, you want to aim for the start or end of the main season. If you want to visit a remote island in the Caribbean where it is warm year-round, then try and avoid hurricane season. 

Going in the off-season might not be possible, but you can still save money on your flights. According to Forbes Magazine, you can get cheaper flights by: 

  • Booking early 
  • Setting price alerts, so you are notified about great deals 
  • Being flexible regarding your travel dates 
  • Booking connections instead of direct flights 
  • Using discount airlines 
  • Checking multiple travel platforms for the lowest prices 
  • Using an airline credit card, so you spend points instead 

Travelling might be a little different for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on quality experiences abroad. Just remember to research multiple options, understand your destination’s pandemic protocols, and above all else, choose a destination that offers everything you need for an amazing getaway! 

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