The longer you travel abroad, the more you will need to plan carefully. However, if you are not used to travelling, or have a vague purpose or schedule, you may not be able to fully enjoy your trip because you cannot decide on a detailed plan.
It is a good idea to plan your trip based on your goals and budget. On this occasion, I will show you how to plan your trip in 6 steps.
Travel planning, 6 steps
From here, let’s see how to plan your trip in 6 steps.
STEP 1: Think about the purpose of your trip
The first thing to decide about a trip is the purpose of the trip. Let’s decide based on the main purpose, such as “I want to enjoy gourmet food”, “I want to go to tourist attractions”, “I want to enjoy activities and leisure”. From there, list what you want to do, where you want to go, what you want to eat, etc.
If you are travelling with more than one person, ask the other participants what they want to do and where they want to go. Once you have a list, set priorities and narrow down what you want to do and where you want to go.
STEP 2: Decide where to go
Based on the list created in STEP 1, decide on the travel destination, such as tourist spots and shops. Check your accommodation at this point.
When deciding where to go, consider the season you actually visit. For example, in areas like Hokkaido where there is a lot of snow in winter, it can be difficult to get around by car depending on the time of day. It is also wise to check if this is a time when typhoons are likely to occur. If you want to bathe in the sea, it is the season in which you can enter the sea comfortably.
Also, when deciding on a destination, decide on the means of transportation on the site. In addition to public transport such as trains, taxis and buses, rental cars are also available. The point is to make a plan so that you can get around efficiently while checking out the sights and shops you want to go to. If you rent a car, you can flexibly enjoy sightseeing even after hours. On the other hand, trains and buses are convenient when the destination is close.
STEP 3: Make a To-Do List
Once you have a destination and a destination, make a list of what you want to do there. Write down what you really want to do, such as walks, activities, meals, and souvenir shopping. After deciding what you want to do, decide how long you will stay there. And the budget you need.
STEP 4: Prioritization
If you have more than one thing you want to do in one place, it is also important to prioritize them. Opinions may differ between participants, so by discussing ahead of time whether to focus on one purpose or take another action, you can smoothly act on the day and avoid problems between members. you can. Please share your thoughts so I don’t travel like “I couldn’t do what I wanted to do” or “I had a bad limb”.
STEP 5: Check the time and consider a tourism course
Decide on a tourism course based on your final destination and the length of stay at each location. For tourist destinations and stores you want to visit, you can make an efficient travel schedule by checking business hours and regular holidays at this point. It is also important to verify information on tourist spots and businesses in real-time in advance because there is a possibility that the business is under construction or closed.
Depending on the destination, the traffic is not as developed as in the city, making it difficult to use taxis and it is not uncommon for the last bus to leave at night. Therefore, when using public transport, be sure to check the time of the last train or bus.
STEP 6: Check how much you will spend
Let’s check how much you will spend based on the accommodations you decided in the previous STEP, the tourist places you want to go, the transportation you use, etc. For example, in the case of a trip of 2 nights and 3 days, after the budget is decided, accommodation expenses (for 2 nights), transportation expenses home/airport, plane tickets, admission to tourist spots, local transportation costs, meals. (3 days), Souvenirs, etc. will be discounted.
The key to planning travel costs is balancing costs according to the purpose and theme of your trip. If you try to keep your travel expenses as low as possible, you may feel relaxed at your destination, unable to do what you want to do, or stressed while travelling. Therefore, if the purpose of the trip is “gourmet”, it is necessary to allow a budget, and if the purpose of the trip is “tourism”, it is necessary to allocate the budget to travel expenses. Let’s remember.