Getting out of the Gates

Planning a trip can be overwhelming — but it doesn’t have to be.  Work your way through these 8 STEPS and at the end of it you will be ready to jump off on your journey of a lifetime.

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8 Easy Steps To Get You Going

#1 TIME & MONEY
#1 TIME & MONEY
Start by crunching some numbers. You need to get a clear idea of (a) how much time you have, and (b) how much money you are comfortable spending. Only when you have clarity on both time and money can you move on to step 2 and start thinking about where to go.
#2 CHOOSE A REGION
#2 CHOOSE A REGION
Use your time to travel from step 1 to determine the distance you can travel. The longer you have the farther you should be willing to travel. Trying to do a trip to Japan from NYC with a week off just won’t make sense after factoring in the time lost to jetlag, total cost, and time to really relax at your destination.
#3 CHOOSE A COUNTRY
#3 CHOOSE A COUNTRY
Now that you have a region picked-put, let’s hone in and select your final destination. Refer to your available funds number from step 1 and decide (a) how long you want to travel, and (b) how you will travel. For example, you could select one of the cheaper countries in that region and (a) backpack for a month, or (b) pack in a luxurious vacation for a week. Alternatively, you could select one of the more expensive countries in that region and (a) backpack for 2 weeks, or (b) pack in an ultra-luxurious vacation for 4-5 days.
#4 VERIFY VISA
#4 VERIFY VISA
Now that you know where you’re going, how long you’re going for, and what you’re willing to spend, it’s time to check the VISA requirements for entering the country. Is a visa required or not? Do you need to get the visa in advance or can you get one on arrival? Here are a few resources to get you started.
#5 BOOK YOUR FLIGHT
#5 BOOK YOUR FLIGHT
Undoubtedly the most fun part of trip planning, booking flights!  Skyscanner is great, though cheapoair.com is still my go to for bottom-of-the-barrel prices. You may also want to check regional airlines for discount fares (airasia, etc.). We have all your resources for flight booking here.
#6 BOOK YOUR ROOM
#6 BOOK YOUR ROOM
You’ve got your flight and there’s no turning back. Time to put a roof over your head. TripAdvisor is your first stop, but also take a look at hostelbookers.com, hostelworld.com, or for a great way to get in with the locals and to cut out cost of hotels, register at couchsurfing.com
#7 APPLY FOR VISA
#7 APPLY FOR VISA
 If your research into visa requirements warrants a visa before arrival, now is the time to get your application in. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time in the event of (common) mistakes, and delays. If you’ll be getting a visa-on-arrival be sure to bring passport photos with you.
#8 GET PACKING
#8 GET PACKING
Before you start filling that brand new REI backpack you need to know (a) the expected weather at your destination, (b) what activities you may be doing while you’re there, and (c) ballpark shopping prices at your destination in order to weigh the bring/buy there option. Refer here for your ultimate guide to packing like a pro.
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