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To plan? Or not to plan...?

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1. Posted by ThatsLife (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Another question from a panicing first time traveller :)

My trip consists of:

Port Elizabeth (One month - Staying with friends)
Perth, Oz (2 weeks - Staying with friends)
Tasmania, Oz (4 days - Staying in hostels)
Sydney, Oz (2 weeks - Staying in hostels for first week, staying with friends second week)

Then 3 months travelling through the following with friends (experienced travellers)

Costa Rica
El Salvdador

My question is, what do you guys feel is best to do with regards to actually planning what you do on your trips? I have a couple of things I have googled, some tours and stuff seem quite expensive but i'm thinking i'm more likely to get a better deal when i'm at my various destinations rather than planning everything upfront.

A lot of words for what is actually a very basic question, apologies :)

2. Posted by megtravels (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

depends, can you speak Spanish, or can your friends? if not, then book some things beforehand... if you can speak spanish then do most of the booking down there especially if your planning on being in big cities for a lot of it... there's a lot of tourist possibilities usually.
All the best,

3. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

All the places you're going are well travelled by the backpacker crowd to they're well covered by decent guide books. They're not difficult to research so yes, I think a little pre-trip planning would be a great advantage to you. No reason to go over the top, but you should know the basics like currency exchange, etc.

Since you're new to travelling the biggest hint I can give you: There is NO need for a big backpack to hotel/hostel throughout Mexico, Central America and Cuba. Pack light, you'll have WAY more fun...


4. Posted by ThatsLife (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Excellent news guys, that's what I was hoping you would say :)

My spanish is veryyyyy basic but I am hoping to cram in some refreshers before I leave Oz so I can make the most out of using it when i'm in Central Am.

All systems go then.... Thanks again!

5. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 131 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

In Central America you can get very well along with English. And if in doubt, sign language is pretty well universal!
Don't plan too far ahead. Make a general travel plan of places to visit and work out the details from place to place. This way you get updated information on travel methods, accommodation, things to watch out for, etc.
Guide books have their usefulness but are at least 2 years old.
It's the journey that counts: finding out for yourself and experience to discover the unwritten.;)