After heading out to Norway for a wintery weekend away (Part 1 and Part 2) , we realised there are many things you need to plan before going off on an adventure, here are a few we perhaps could have planned a little better!
Buy All The Essentials In Advance
The worst thing about traveling is packing everything for the trip. You spend ages stuffing everything in your suitcase, only to realize you forgot something. The trouble is, you usually realize this when you’re in your Airbnb after your flight. To stop this from happening, make sure you get the essentials packed first.
Buy everything you need, and pack it before anything else. This means you won’t forget any important stuff!
Sort Out Transport
Another thing I hate is when you get off your flight and are looking around for transport. You have to try and communicate in a foreign language and it’s very frustrating. But, if you book your transport beforehand, you won’t have this problem. You’ll step off the plane and have a taxi waiting for you. Or, you’ll have bus/train tickets with you ready to use. Always take a quick look if there is an Expedia discount code up for grabs, these are usually quick to find and easy to use.
It’s important that you don’t forget about insurance when you go travelling. There are many different types of insurance you should get before your travels. The first of which is obvious, of course, it’s travel insurance. This will cover you if your bags go missing or flights get delayed. Then, you’ll need some for your health to ensure you’re safe if you get ill while you’re away.
Another thing I find important is mobile phone insurance. No doubt your phone will be a vital part of your travel essentials, you don’t want it to break and not be able to get a replacement (Like S did!). These days, you can get phone insurance online, as seen here fast-mobile-insurance.co.uk. Once you’ve got all your insurance sorted, you’re ready to rock and roll.
Check Your Passport
If you’re travelling to a foreign country, you’re going to need a valid passport. Check your passport months in advance of your holiday. Make sure that it’s valid and will remain valid for the time you set off. If it’s due to run out while you’re on your travels, then you have a problem. You’ll need to get it sorted out and send off for a new one. Don’t forget about this, if your passport isn’t valid then you won’t be able to leave the country.
Create A Travel Plan
My final tip will keep you organized throughout your trip. I suggest that you create a plan of everything you want to do on your travels. Use sites like https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ to find out the best things to do. Once you’ve figured out what you want to do/see, start jotting it down in a diary or on your phone. Doing this will add structure to your travels and make sure you get the most out of your time away.
So, what are you waiting for? Save this to do list and keep it handy for your next trip!