Travel Planning for Beginners in 8 Steps pt.2/5

You may not be an absolute novice, but might be a beginner looking for a more efficient way to plan a trip. ‘Travel Planning for Beginners’ is the second part of a 5 part series that explores travel planning for novice, beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert travelers. If you missed the first ‘novice traveler’ post, check it out. In this guide, I will take the same approach of going through the steps as in the ‘novice’ guide, but add more options since I assume you have at least some experience booking and planning your own trips by now.

Again, this guide is with the assumption that you want to travel longer, more often, and with less money. Here are additional assumptions I am under:

Assumption 1) You have traveled a few times at most.

Assumption 2) You are not rich, and budget is important when planning a trip.

Assumption 3) You have 1-2 weeks of free time for this trip.


Step 1: Consider and Know Your Time Frame

Time Frame - Travel Planning for Beginners

Many people, like me, know when their vacation time is far in advance. This is both good and bad. The good part is that Read more

Travel Planning for Novices in 6 Steps pt.1/5

If you are like me 10 years ago, the idea of traveling is very appealing to you, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you surf the net looking at cool UNESCO World Heritage Sites, watch National Geographic and say, “some day,” or even talk to your friends and shoot around “dream vacation ideas.” When you get older, you realize that traveling, while easy in theory, takes some skill unless you are willing to fork over a bunch of money and have someone do it for you. You know, those “spend 7 days and 6 nights in the luxurious….for the low low price…”¬†advertisements¬†you see everywhere which are never really a ‘low low price.’ Most people kind of give up, and never really travel anywhere in their lives.

It is my hope that you are reading this because you want to know how to travel longer, more often, and with less money. Unfortunately, this is one of those things that they don’t teach in school (and they should), which is a shame for people who have a true, innate passion for traveling. This is a very basic guide on how to plan for a travel trip without breaking the bank, and with a few assumptions.

Assumption #1) You haven’t traveled ever, or maybe just once or twice.

Assumption #2) You are not rich, so you want so do this as cheaply as possible.

Assumption #3) You only have 1-2 weeks of travel vacation available due to your job or other responsibilities.

[This is part 1 of a 5 part series of travel planning skills for novices, beginners, intermediates, advanced, and experts]

Step 1: Make a List


Travel Planning for Novices List

Think about Read more