5 Steps in planning your next adventure!

The dreaded word-planning.  Most people want to escape from reality when they are traveling around the world. But if you can only travel for a limited amount of time, planning is sometimes essential.

Here are 5 guidelines to use when planning your next adventure:

1.  Where are you going and for how long?

  • Length of travel:  If you have less than 5 days, try for areas with travel time of less than 6 hours. If you have between 5-14 days, locations with travel time less than 16 hours is doable. If you have more than 14 days, travel times greater than 20 hours is feasible. Travel time and change of time zones could take away much needed days of relaxation.
  • Destination:  Now here comes the fun part! Take out a map of the world and using your geography skills, pick your location.  For each city/town you visit, you should pick 2-3 sites/experiences.  Leave extra time to relax and explore the area. 

2.  How much do you want to spend?

In short, what is your travel budget?  How much do you want to spend on accommodations? How much do you want to spend on excursions and dining?

3.  Do I know how to get there or what is happening in that region?

If I am traveling abroad, I almost always consult the U.S. Department of State (travel.state.gov).  From this website you can check for entry (visa) requirements and current embassy alerts for that country. For persons not holding a U.S. passport, please visit your country’s equivalent department.

4.  Am I healthy or need any vaccinations?

  • Health: Before traveling far distances, you want to make sure you are healthy.  So a few weeks before you travel, try to eat healthy and exercise. When you travel especially abroad, you will encounter new cuisines and may not feel accustomed to the food. 
  • Vaccinations:  I usually contact my local doctor for travel recommendations. But I also research information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.  The website provides recommendations on food and water precautions, health, safety and security abroad, as well as up-to-date travel advisories.

5.  What do I need to pack?

Now that you have finished planning the sites to see and researched visa/health requirements, it is time to pack!  Depending on your location and travel style, deciding what to pack can be difficult.  A few essentials that I almost always have in my pack:  identification, money, camera, plastic bags, anti-bacterial soap/wipes, and tissue papers.


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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One Response to 5 Steps in planning your next adventure!

  1. Benita says:

    Great tips! Thanks!

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