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Quick Tips On Travel Planning
If you are planning a trip, either for a vacation or for business, there is one thing that you should always keep in mind before heading out the door- PLAN! Planning is one of the most crucial things you need to do when you wanted to go out of town or out of the country. It basically dictates whether or not your trip would be a success or not. Imagine realizing that you left your credit card at home in the middle of your souvenir shopping. Wouldnít that be a real hassle? To avoid similar situations, you need to carefully plan your trip. Here are some quick tips that can help you along the way:

Gather information
Before picking a vacation spot, you should be able to read enough information about the place that you are about to go to. The Internet is a good source of infor
mation. Check the safety of the place that you picked. Have a good idea of how much the cost of living is in that certain area you are about to visit so that you can set a budget for your travel cost.

Invest on a good guidebook
If you want to plan a trip right, it is essential that you buy a travel guidebook. If you are spending thousands for a vacation, why not spend a few dollars on a good travel guidebook? Most comprehensive guidebooks would contain all the phone numbers and addresses that you would need like hotel information, tourist destinations and restaurants, among others.

Budgeting
Budgeting is one of the most important stages of planning a successful trip. You donít want to end up in the middle of a strange place without any travel money to take a bus back to your hotel. You should allot a certain budget for your travel so that you can limit yourself to indulge only to the things that you can afford.
If you were on a business trip, your company would usually
give you travel money. As much as you can, live within youíre given budget and just spend your personal money if you want to buy gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

It would be advisable to bring along your credit card with you. This way, you do not have to bring with you a bulky wallet with tons of cash that can lure thief. Bring an international credit card, preferably a credit card that can give you good discounts on hotel accommodations, restaurants and international shops.

Check the weather
Check the weather of the place that you would be visiting. A locationís weather basically dictates the type of activities that you would be having. Biking and trekking are best for sunny days while indoor sports are recommended if it gets rainy outside. If you are having a family trip, then you need to plan out the activities that you would do for the entire duration of the vacation for both the kids and the adult members of your family.

Naturally, the we
ather would also dictate the types of clothes that you would bring along your trip. You can check the weather channel for the weather condition of the place you would be visiting or simply ask your travel agent about this information.

Pack light, but pack enough
Keep in mind that packing light, does not mean pack less. You should be able to bring all the necessary things that you need during the trip. Before packing, it would help if you jot down the things that you need. If it would help you, categorize the things that you need to pack. List the things that you need to bring under toiletries and grooming, clothes, documents, cash and credit cards, and recreational stuff like books, cameras, etc.

A carry-on luggage is recommended during travels. This way you would not have a hard time carrying several bags with you when lining up on terminal and airports or during baggage pick-ups. Bring a carryall bag would not only be more convenient, but can save you a lot time too.

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If you are under medication, or any member of your family is, make sure that you bring enough of the prescribed drugs that would last for the entire duration of your trip. Make sure that you bring along your doctorís prescription with you in case you need to buy one.
Carry along a reliable first aid kit too. It should include basic medicine for cough, cold and fever. Pack it with tools and ointments to treat lacerations and wounds in case trekking is in one of your itineraries.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring with you an extra pair just in case you lose or damage your primary one. If you still have a prescription from your optometrist, it would be best to bring that with you as well.

It is also important to check your overseas medical insurance coverage whether or not it applies internationally. You can also apply for supplemental insurance in case your policy is not usable overseas.

Proper documentation
Make sure that you know the entry requi
rements of the state or country that you are about to visit. You can consult your local Foreign Affairs office or discuss this with your travel agent. Make sure that your passport is still valid until the day you return back home. Always check the expiry date of your passport. Make a few copies of your passport in case you lost your original one.

Enjoy planning your trip
Planning your trip can be as fun as your travel. It would be best to plan with your friends or family members who would be with you during trip. This way, they can suggest activities and itineraries that they can also enjoy.

Lastly, remember that to have a happy trip does not mean you have to spend a truckload of money. The people who you are with would make the trip memorable and fun. Be safe and enjoy your trip!
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