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1. Posted by Louise_88 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

How does everyone organise their travels? I have no idea where to start. Any advice would be great!!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Hi Georgia,

I'm not sure if you mean long-term or short-term travel. I don't have any experience with travelling for months and months at a time, but there are a few things I do to plan my shorter jaunts.

  • First, pick a place. It's sometimes harder than you think!
  • Pick a time of year - keep in mind your availability, how much $$ you have and want to spend, and the weather/tourists/attractions/ etc. of the place you want to see.
  • Next, search for the cheapest way to get there. This step may even change the first two.
  • Then research what you want to see and plan the best place to start searching for accommodation (since I travel for just a few weeks at a time, I like to book where I'm staying ahead of time. That's just me.)
  • Buy a guidebook on the place your going and read up on the things you want to see. I don't make a fixed itinerary, but I like to know that I can travel to x and see a, b, and c in a day. It saves me travel and time and money. It also helps to know what's open when. I print up bus routes, train routes, phone numbers, city maps, and so on before I leave.

Hope that helps!

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

What do you mean by organize? Do you mean deciding where to go, or do you mean once you have decided where to go, how to keep track of all the paper work, visa, plane tickets, train tickets, bus tickets, hotel reservations, etc.?

Thanks,
Greg

4. Posted by Louise_88 (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Thanks tina that does help. Paperwork is a big issue for me as im very disorganised. how do you arrange what buses, trains to take when in the country, before you are in the country ( if that makes sense to anyone).
sorry im quite obviously a complete novice when it comes to travel without a guide.
Thanks for any advice

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

How long are you going for? Because unless you have a really tight time frame, I often don't both figuring out much of that stuff. You will meet fellow travellers on the road who have just come or have been to locations you want to head to next. From them you can gleam a host of information about how the best way to move between places is. Don't try and organize the entire trip in advance, just organize the next few days.

Of course, if you are only going away for one or two weeks and have a pretty set idea of what you want to see, then you might want to research in advance. Buying a guide book (Lonely Planet or Fodors or ...) is a good place to start for that.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Hi again,

I went to Normandy for just a few days this past November, so I researched transportation pretty thoroughly to make the most of my time there. I found everything I needed on the Internet - from transportation at the airport, to train times, to the complete bus route covering all of Normandy. Once in Caen, I made a quick visit to the Tourist Office to connect the dots. You can also find lots of helpful info on TP - just ask away!

Once you start travelling, you'll discover that things often just fall into place - or lead you down unexpected paths. It can look pretty intimidating when you start off, but the world is small for a reason. It's often a lot more familiar than you'd expect!

7. Posted by acetravels (Full Member 181 posts) 10y

the first thing id say would be to call up a travel consultant take his ideas and suggestions..then incorporate in ur convinience...that should do the trick...

8. Posted by tazzyjoe (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

if your going to an english speaking country then i wouldn't worry about if i were you. you can organise trains, coaches, internal flights etc when ya get there. even if your not ya can just book trains and stuff on the internet when ya get there. i think it depends on your personality, do you HAVE to be organised or just figiure it all out as you go along??

9. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

[quote=tway] Once you start travelling, you'll discover that things often just fall into place - or lead you down unexpected paths. quote]

Couldn't agree more!!

10. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 10y

You know Louise_88 it sounds like maybe you're an 'organization schizophrenic' ? I.e. You're either completely disorganized or you feel that you have to be completely organized to the last t.

I think it's good what the others said you need to have the basic infrastructure in place but once that's sorted you can leave some room for 'following your nose'