Pre-Trip Planning Tips

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Planning your trip is one of the most enjoyable parts of traveling, and with a plethora of travel blogs, guides and advice out there, there is no reason for you to embark on a journey with zero research.

Doing your pre-travel research can pay off in a number of ways – financially, logistically and even socially. Check out the following tips to make the most out of each trip.

Choose the best destination for you

There are various factors behind choosing the most suitable destination. Depending on the amount of time you can spare, choosing a place near or far can be the easiest decision. As well as this, bear in mind factors such as your ideal climate, language, price and activities.

Pack lightly

It is almost impossible to visit a new city, country or continent without picking up some trinkets or items along the way. However, this can grow into a big problem when you’ve exceeded your luggage allowance at the airport. To avoid this, make sure to pack lightly in order to embrace that whimsical purchase! It’s also a good idea to pack lightly in terms of your digital space – whether traveling with a phone, camera, tablet or laptop, you would be surprised how much space photos and other files can take up. Either bring along an extra memory card, or brush up on your skills for compressing images, as outlined in this guide.

Know what apps to download in advance

In this day and age, there are a number of apps that are ideally suited to traveling and can make your whole experience easier and more enjoyable. Check out our list of six useful travel apps for inspiration.

Understand different cultures

As a solo female traveler, understanding different cultures is a very important element of traveling. Some parts of the world may be unsafe for a female to travel, while others may require you to dress in a certain way because of religious reasons. Being aware of all of this before planning your trip can have a large impact on some of the finer details of your holiday and can make for a more pleasant experience.

Save money

Planning trips in advance can end up saving you quite a bit of money. Things such as transport, accommodation and ticket reservations can be a lot more expensive when purchased at a later date. This will both guarantee you the best price and make sure you don’t miss out on anything.

Photo by: Bjørn Heidenstrøm

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, Go! Girl Adventures and creator of the Women's Travel Festival. She loves traveling and aims to inspire and empower women of all ages to get out there!

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