It may not be the current climate for planning travels, but of course, we will get back to the point where the world moves around as it once did and people will start to venture to various destinations.
Whenever we’re getting ready for a trip, there is always lots to plan but don’t worry! Here you can check some general points to consider before your big next trip…
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Booking a flight: Always check deals comparing different airlines. Since prices can differ a lot from one site to the other, it’s a good idea to use more than one search engine. To book my flights I compare fees at JetRadar and Trip.com.
Where to stay: Some destinations call for a hotel, in other places I prefer to rent a home. I compare hotel fees at Booking.com and Hotels.com. When it comes to home rentals, my site of choice is always Airbnb. Another place where to read reviews is Tripadvisor.
Sometimes joining an organized tour can give you an insight from a place that you would otherwise miss. To get good deals, I often check for tours at GetYourGuide and Viator. I’ve always found awesome things to do with Airbnb Experiences.
Are you covered? For complete peace of mind, it’s always better to have travel insurance. Check quotes on World Nomads.
Take photos and back them up
It might seem like an obvious pursuit to do when traveling, but it might not always be the case. Revel in being a tourist when you’re away and capture those scenes and moments that you will want to remember.
There is a fine line between taking the photos and not actually being in the moment, so make sure you get those snapshots and then soak up your surroundings.
Don’t forget to take photos where you feature in them too. It’ll mean so much more when you look back on your pictures in years to come.
Above all else, make sure that you back up any photos and video footage that you take. Keep copies on your laptop and memory cards and consider external hard drives and storing files on the cloud – that way you know that they physically can’t be damaged or lost.
This is a suggestion to keep in mind whenever you’re planning to travel: Always be ready to back up your pics, you might need to do so in any given moment!
Learn some local lingo
Depending on where you’re heading, it might be worth learning a few words and phrases in the local language to help improve your travel experience. This way, you’ll avoid the frustrations of locals who don’t understand you at all.
You’ll most definitely gain more respect from the locals if you can at least say hello, please, sorry, and thank you in their language – they’ll appreciate you even making the effort.
Reading local travel guides can also really enhance your experience and help you understand their cultures and traditions too.
Get a virtual mailbox
If you’re planning on traveling for some time, then you might want to consider getting a virtual mailbox service to handle your mail in your home country.
A virtual mailing service gives you a physical address, that you can set as your permanent address, and to which you can direct all your mail.
In many cases there is even a physical person there who can sign for packages. Using a company like this one means that when you receive mail, the virtual mailbox service will alert you to its arrival by emailing you a scan of the envelope. You can then direct them to open the letter, scan the documents, forward or shred them.
Don’t overlook this tip when getting ready for a trip, virtual mailboxes can be super helpful when you’re least expecting it!
Keep important items in your carry on bag
Ensure that you pack well when it comes to organizing your carry on bag or backpack. Should your main luggage get lost or end up delayed, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough provisions to see you through until your hold luggage turns up or you’re able to replace the items.
Think about packing another change of clothes and especially underwear, to help keep you feeling more fresh in the meantime.
You’re more likely to carry your important items with you. It’s worth considering whether more valuable items are better off in your bag rather than potentially being lost or stolen in your main suitcase. Where possible, keep your gadgets and things that you definitely would feel lost without, close with you on your travels. You can read the review I wrote a while ago about my favorite backpack or check this convenient carry-on suitcase if this kind of luggage better fills your style.
Take out travel insurance (one of the best tips when getting ready for a trip!)
It’s surprising how many people are willing to take the risk of not insuring their trips away. It’s not really something that you can afford to play Russian roulette with.
You might always assume that insurance is mainly for covering cancelled and delayed flights, but the real danger and expense can happen when you have a medical emergency and require treatment in a foreign country – this is where your travel insurance will be worth its weight in gold. I’ve personally opted for World Nomads and I’ve never had to worry about it any more! The feature I like the most about them is that if you’ve already left home, you can still buy your travel insurance online.
Use your time travelling to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
You’re in a new country and experiencing new places and cultures.
Don’t be afraid to try that strange looking dish – the local food might surprise your taste buds.
You want to fully immerse yourself in your new surroundings and make the most of your precious time away.
Don’t have a rigid itinerary
When getting ready for a trip, it’s always wise to have an idea of what you want to do when on your travels, you know I’ve often recommended you itineraries for you to make the best out of your visit.
However, if you’re too regimented when it comes to your schedule, then it can prevent you from enjoying yourself fully.
Be prepared to have some flexibility and go with the flow when it might be needed.
Scan your important documents and email them to yourself
Last, but never least, get savvy and scan a copy of your passport, visas and any debit/credit cards you’re traveling with. Then if you’re unfortunate enough to have your belongings stolen, then you can access them safely from your email account.
Are you ready to explore my favorite destination in the world? Let me take you to Crete! It can be the trip of your lifetime. Get in touch if you need extra help to plan your itinerary and join our Crete Travel Group on Facebook. Or check this guide if you’re touring West Crete. You’ll find detailed info about where to go, what to see, where to eat, and more!
Did you know my favorite destination is Crete? A fantastic Greek island! Read everything about it here:
If you would like to learn everything about the practical aspects of planning a trip to Crete, you should also check what to pack for a road trip around Crete and this crazy useful guide to renting a car and driving on the island. This 3-week-in-Crete itinerary is super flexible and can be adapted for less (or even more) time on the island. However, you might already know that the island is quite big, and it’s not always easy to decide which region to visit or where to stay. I’ve written a post about the best regions to stay in Crete according to your interests and travel style, and it’s a must-read before your trip.
Once on the island, make sure you check some of the best archaeological sites in Crete as well as the stunning Balos Beach, on the western coast. Make some time to discover Crete’s beautiful monasteries and to taste the most delicious street food in Chania while exploring the Turkish district in the old town!
Want more? Join my Private Facebook Group to connect with like-minded travelers who love Crete as much as I do!
Do you have any other tip to get ready to travel?
Let me know in the comments below!
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About the Author
Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!