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How to Plan an AWESOME Trip

How to Plan the BEST Vacation For You & Your Family!

Deciding to take a vacation is exciting!  

We’ve planned vacations all over the world for ourselves, family, friends and clients for years. So to help you plan the best vacation for you and your family, we’ve compiled our major tips / tips / advice / resources here into one page.

Advice for Planning a Great Trip!

Beginning the trip planning process can be a little overwhelming. So to help you get started, we wanted to share with you some of the main steps we take when planning a vacation.

1. Know Your Constraints

It’s important to consider right away what you are working with before doing your research and getting too excited.

2. What Type of Vacation Do You Want?

Decide what type of vacation want to have.  Is it going to be just a relaxing getaway?  An active vacation? Lots of sightseeing?  Or a combination?  This will really help you when it comes to researching.

3. Do Your Research

Once you know the answers to the first two questions, then you are really ready to start researching your trip.  Hopefully, that’s why you are here on our site! We’ve got 500+ plus blog posts on this site to help you out.

4. Use Helpful Planning Tools / Templates

It depends on your personality how much you really want to get into this part. I think it’s really important to use some type of tools to help gather information about your trip.

Whatever works for you is most important. However, we’ve given you links to our own planning tools / templates and even sample travel itineraries to help make it easier for you!

5. Booking Tools

Now that you’ve finalized your ideas and done the research, it’s time to start making bookings!

6. Packing & Final Preparations

This is always such an exciting part of the planning process!  I love getting everything organized for my trip and packing (sometimes weeks in advance). I lay everything out, make checklists, and countdown to the departure date!

While every person is a bit different, these are the primary steps we take for planning a trip.  And we hope that this outline and the tools / resources we’ve included here on this page will help you plan the best trip ever!

 
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Sample Itineraries

View & download editable sample itineraries to help plan your trip!

Tools & Downloads

Download our most popular tools and resources, including checklists.

Booking Resources

Search and book popular activities, hotels and rental cars for your vacation.

Our Planning Tips

Our hottest blog posts which include tips and travel planning advice.

Sample Travel Itineraries

Over the years we’ve taken a lot of trips. And being the planners that we are, we put together some pretty awesome itineraries!

As time went on, many of our friends and family who were planning trips would ask to have copies of our itineraries to help with their planning.

So we decided to turn our Sample Itineraries into a whole section of our website to help all of our readers out!

Some of our most popular itineraries include:

Downloadable Tools, Templates and Checklists

International Travel Checklist – Be Prepared for Your Trip

International Travel Checklist – Be Prepared for Your Trip

Having an International Travel Checklist can save your entire trip.  The countdown to the big trip is always exciting, especially if you are traveling overseas to a foreign country.  If this is your first trip abroad, then you are surely about to burst with...

Southeast Asia Packing List – Our Recommendations

Southeast Asia Packing List – Our Recommendations

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in Asia, especially budget and backpack travelers.  It can be a little overwhelming trying to decide what to bring on a trip to SE Asia, especially if you have never gone before.  After...

Beach Packing List – What to Bring with You

Beach Packing List – What to Bring with You

When you are planning for a beach vacation, you don't want to have to worry about much of anything.  All you want to think about is laying on the beach enjoying the sun rays, listening to the waves in the background and feeling the sand in your toes.  But...

Comply with Checked Baggage Size Rules – Flight Packing Tips

Comply with Checked Baggage Size Rules – Flight Packing Tips

Airlines are as strict as ever when it comes to checked baggage size rules.  Not only are carry-on bags being scrutinized more, but each airline has their own checked baggage size rules & restrictions that travelers need to know about before packing a suitcase for...

Booking Tools & Resources

Flights

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Car Rental

Hotels

Booking.com is one of our favorite online hotel booking tools that we often use for our travels.  They have a good selection of a variety of quality accommodations with good rates, and we often find deals with breakfast included.  Using the convenient search box below, you can begin searching deals right away!


Our other go-to favorite hotel booking tool!  With one of the largest selections of accommodations from around the world (especially in Asia), we have found Agoda to be a great booking tool.

Not only is it user friendly and easy to filter, but we have found great deals!  Use the search box in the side bar to find hotels now, or use the button below to go to their site.

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Activities / Tour Tickets

View & Book Awesome Activities HERE!

We partner with multiple tour / activity operators to provide our readers with the most comprehensive list of things they can do. Take some time to search all of them – because some offer exclusive activities that you can’t buy elsewhere and prices may vary too. So search around all 3 of the websites below, and find the BEST option to to make your vacation GREAT!

1. Get Your Guide

Get Your Guide is a partner that we really love due to their prices and great selection of fun & unique activities in popular tourist destinations all around the world!

Search Get Your Guide HERE


2. City Discovery

City Discovery is also another platform that we partner with. We particularly like some of their hop-on / off options in popular cities around the world as well as many of their other activities!  Click the banner below to search their deals! Find the Best tours, Excursions & Activities with City Discovery


3. Viator

Viator is one of the most popular activity / tour booking platforms out there.  They offer some high quality tours & activities in some of the most popular vacation destinations.  Be sure to check out their City Passes to get into multiple museums and tourist sites all for one price! Click the banner below to search their deals! Book now on Viator  

 

Our Travel Planning Tips & Advice Blog Posts

10 Travel Safety Tips from Our Own Experiences

10 Travel Safety Tips from Our Own Experiences

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How to Use Your Cell Phone Internationally

How to Use Your Cell Phone Internationally

Traveling internationally is exciting, especially if it's your first time. And in the current smartphone era, it has become rather difficult to leave our phones away, even when we travel abroad. However, traveling overseas without having a very good data plan can...

Budget Travel Tips: How to Get More for Your Vacation Budget

Budget Travel Tips: How to Get More for Your Vacation Budget

People are always surprised at how much we get to see and do on our trips.  They wonder how we can afford to do all of it on such a small budget!  As many of you know, just the cost of traveling to and from your destination can be the most...

5 Ways to Maximize Your Time Off Work for Travel

5 Ways to Maximize Your Time Off Work for Travel

People are always asking us “how do you have so much vacation time off work to travel so many places?”  And the truth is…we don’t!  Like most Americans, we also get the shaft when it comes to vacation time (as compared to other developed nations).  For whatever...

Budget Travel Tips: How to Get a $3k Vacation for Only $1k!

Budget Travel Tips: How to Get a $3k Vacation for Only $1k!

The biggest complaint about not being able to travel is due to a lack of money.  However, we believe that if you really want to travel, you have to make it a priority in your life.  That includes building it into your financial budget.  The good news is that it is...

How to Use Pinterest for Travel Planning

How to Use Pinterest for Travel Planning

Recently we were telling some friends about how to use Pinterest for travel planning. Afterwards, we realized that there may be other readers out there who aren't yet in on the "Pinterest travel planning" bandwagon.   But they should be!  After all, Pinterest has...

Best Travel Apps in 2018

Best Travel Apps in 2018

** The Best Travel Apps post was originally published in 2013 but has most recently been updated in 2018. It's not a surprise that travelers love mobile technology, especially for the convenience it provides while on the road.  While there are millions of travel apps...

International Travel Checklist – Be Prepared for Your Trip

International Travel Checklist – Be Prepared for Your Trip

Having an International Travel Checklist can save your entire trip.  The countdown to the big trip is always exciting, especially if you are traveling overseas to a foreign country.  If this is your first trip abroad, then you are surely about to burst with...

How to Buy Travel Insurance

How to Buy Travel Insurance

Traveling is fun, but it can also bring about the unexpected.  And unless the trip is free, it's likely that you are spending a significant amount of money too.  Therefore, searching out the best travel insurance for your needs is an important, yet often overlooked...

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