We all have that one place, that one destination which is dearest to us in the whole wide world. Just imagining about it gives us the peace of mind which we so lack these days. If given a choice, we’d quit everything and leave at a moment’s notice for the spot to get away from the rat race we call life and leave this world behind us. While most of us can only dream of visiting such a place, there are only a few who are able to embark upon their journey and visit their Shangri-La. If you fall under the first category my dear reader, then fret not. Just continue reading this article to see how you too can plan your perfect escape.
Out of all the things which one can do to plan a trip, the most important of them is the purpose, the determination. Unless you have completely set your mind on travelling, you simply cannot benefit from your journey. The happiness which you get when you finally reach that place is simply indescribable. There will be a lot of obstacles along the way and there will be times when your plan will not fall into places, but if you work your way through it, it will definitely be worth it in the end.
The choices which we have in this world are truly limitless, as a result of which we need to decide which place to visit. This decision is bound to take most of your time and is a really crucial one, so being really patient is the key here. Perform a thorough research about the places, the activities you want to do and the duration of your trip. Your task becomes a lot easier after you have found out which place you want to visit. Create an itinerary for your trip and your task is reduced substantially!
The reason why most of the travelling dreams never turn into reality is poor financial planning or lack of funds. Ask anyone about their favorite destination and the reason they’d give you for not being able to visit it is money. While it may seem like a Herculean task for many to be able to afford their perfect trip, it actually isn’t. Internet is filled with tales of people who despite not being well off financially, have managed to make their travelling aspirations come true. Like mentioned above, all it takes is determination.
One of the most obvious ways to fund your trip is by saving. By putting away a part of your salary every month for the trip, not only you are able to save money, but are also getting closer to making that dream come true. Another way would be to look for cheap travelling options or booking your tickets well in advance.
In today’s world of internet, crowd funding is another popular method to get funds for the journey. The concept is simple – create a profile online and get people to donate for your trip. There are many popular sites like www.gofundme.com and www.fundmytravel.com.
4. Accommodation, sightseeing and activities
After covering your travelling expenses, the next step is to find accommodations. Thanks to the internet, it has become incredibly easier for us to research well and find the hotels and lodges suited to our needs. However, there are many times wherein the hotels surpass our budgets and that is where, places like hostels like Hostelling International and paying guests come in. They are comparatively cheaper and also there is the added thrill of meeting new people.
Couchsurfing is another popular method to find places to stay for the night. It involves being hosted by a person whom you met online, for the free of cost. Talk about the random act of kindness! And the best part is that it is completely legit. Visit www.couchsurfing.com for more details. There are also many websites and forums over the internet which enables one to find people from different countries and speak to them. This is one of the best ways to get to know someone from the country you intend to visit, well in advance and be prepared for the journey. Not only have you met someone new, but also found a local guide!
Soak in the rich culture of the place and try out the new activities and create wonderful stories filled with unique and new experiences.
Now, having read so much, it doesn’t seem like a difficult job to plan your perfect trip now, does it? So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start working on your journey! Life is too short, so don’t waste your time and give yourself the holiday which you so well deserve.
This is a Guest Post by Chirag Dubey.