5 Reasons Why Planning is Important in Travel

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5 Reasons Why Planning is Important in Travel

Updated: June 8, 2022

Travel planning is essential! No matter what anyone says to me, planning is important in travel and it often begins before you decide on your destination and purchase your tickets.

Why is it important to plan your travels? The simple answer being that travel planning is essential for a stress free vacation, hence your well-being. Worry more before you go so you have less or no worries at all when vacationing. Here is a simple, sensible, practical and a comprehensive list which I hope will become a traveller’s resource and help make travel experiences less stressful, contributing to our well-being as travellers.


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Travel resources at a Glance

Planning your dream vacation? Excellent! Here are all the Resources and Practical information you need for your self-guided or guided vacation.

Legal entry/Tourist travel Visa

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Flights

I have a few choices. Search Google flights because they offer very competitive prices. You could also try Opodo for cheap airfares. For special experiences, go to On the Beach and Jet2Holidays. My all time favourite has been Qatar Airways for long-haul flights for the comfort and their first-class service. I use British Airways as well. For all other global deals >> kiwi.com

Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget. For accommodations in UK that has a personal touch and affordable luxury, stay at Hotel du Vin.

Unique experiences & tours

My all time go to resource for unique experiences and tours is Get your Guide. I am also a fan of Viator for their special deals. You shall find suggestions on recommended tours sprinkled throughout TTS on each experience I write about.

Travel insurance

Never travel without travel insurance and never overpay for travel insurance! I use and recommend World Nomads for your travel insurance needs. They even insure on the go. Before purchasing any any travel policy, read through the terms to ensure that the plan is right for you and your trip.

Travel essentials

Never travel without these! I use and fully endorse all the products on this page but especially: High powered wireless power bank, Universal travel adapter and unlimited portable pocket wifi.


Travel Planning

In this post you shall find 5 reasons why planning is important in travel. Before I take you through the reasons, I’d like you to know that I appreciate travel planning can be daunting sometimes, especially if it is your first time to travel. You would not know where to start and it is easy to get overwhelmed over what is step 1, step 2 and so on.

I remember my family trips when my kids were still in diapers, and what helped me then and still does, is that I always had a list. A list to ensure that I do not miss anything important, like their favourite toys or a little character cushions that they cannot do without. Space had to be made for these.

All you Mums out there know exactly what I am talking about 😊. You can read more About Me here.

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travel planning – thoughts to paper

I have planned many travels, long-haul, short-haul and within UK. I have done so in a personal capacity for my family, friends, colleagues as well as business trips. I always had a list! I like lists 😊, I guess I am just wired that way! Don’t get me wrong…I am all for the “unplanned”, off the beaten path kind of adventure too but I think you do need to have a plan to do the unplanned and off the beaten path kind of adventure.

When you think about it, travelling is not as easy or simple as choosing a destination, booking your flight and off you go! Although sometimes you can if it is within the same country or when you are familiar with the destination where you do not have to research so much. However, there is more to travelling!

There is More to Travelling

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There is more to travelling because it is about making a trip, a trip that is stress-free, a trip without major hitches, or even if you come to face certain “hitches”, how you could cope with it.

So, for me, in my plan, I have a pre-travel, travel and post-travel list of things to do. All three lists are important because they are inter-related. It has helped with many of my vacations and I am sure that it will help yours too. I know, I know…it sounds daunting and pedantic but believe me, having a list which embodies a plan is so worth it. It’s the know-how and the basic framework that will make travelling look like a piece of cake and make you feel less stressed. I am certain that you will agree with me when you have gone through reading them.

Therefore, in this post, I will list the reasons why I think travel planning is important.

You may want to read the highly recommended post on Travel Checklist 25 Top Tips for a Stress Free Vacation — This post embodies literally everything you need to plan your vacation along with external links and more.


The 5 Reasons Why Planning is Important in Travel are:

1 | Travel Planning saves time

Some may dismiss planning as too time consuming and that it is okay to plan on the go. Well, it may be okay but if you spend a little time on your to-do list, it helps you to think about priorities, allocate time for attractions and consider your budget.

As well, it is an opportunity to have flexibility built-in for unforeseen circumstances such as weather or traffic conditions. In addition, when you are on vacation, I am sure your goal is to maximise your experiences at your travel destination instead of spending time googling places to visit or figuring out what to do. So, spending a little time to plan will maximise your time when travelling. To do so, will enhance your experiences.

2 | Travel Planning helps you Prioritise and Maximise your Experiences

Depending on your destination, you may have a lot of attractions or just a few. Whatever there may be, prioritising what you want to experience will play an important role in how many of these experiences you can have during your vacation. While you are prioritising, you may also consider attractions that are close together where you can visit in a day or half a day. Prioritising may help free-up time for a spa or a little down-time, which sometimes gets overlooked because it is not embedded into our travels.

Read: Complete Guide to the City of Verona which includes a day trip along with the best and off the beaten path activities, what and where to eat Veronese cuisine plus unique places to stay.

3 | Travel Planning stretches your Pound or Dollar

Travel is not an open-cheque vacation, I am sure. For me and for most of us, we have a budget with a little fund set aside for emergencies. It is within this budget that we seek to maximise our experiences–accommodation, attractions, food and transport. Researching on the attractions, local delicacies, local crafts and other “must see” will help with budgeting. You can dismiss the least important attractions and visit or do some off the beaten path exploring.

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Transportation from one place to another will also impact on your budget, so researching on how best to get around your destination will help. You can also research on free entry attractions. Purchasing tickets in advance and online will help with budgeting. Stretching a pound or a dollar means more experiences and planning helps you do that.

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4 | Planning is Important in Travel so that Essentials are not Forgotten

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Planning helps you to think about the necessary essentials you may need on your travel. For example, the type of clothing for the weather at the time you are travelling. Travel vaccinations, medication and any bug-sprays which you may need.

5 | Travel Planning Prepares you for Immigration Issues and Emergencies

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When travelling abroad, you must comply with the immigration rules in the destination country. Planning helps you to ensure that you have the required visa and meet any other requirements necessary for entry.

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You need to ensure you have the phone numbers of your embassies in case of emergencies. Remember also to have phone numbers of emergency contacts at home.

finally on why planning is important in travel

My conclusion in a nutshell — Get Travel Planning! How your vacation should be is important because you want it to be a positive experience, stress-free and fun. I believe Planning your Travels can help you do just that. It saves you time, stretches your money, maximises your experiences and you will surely enjoy a hassle-free vacation. I hope this post was helpful in deciding why planning should be embedded into all travels.

Wherever you are, wherever travel takes you, have good fun, Always!

Georgina xx


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