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How To Plan a Trip: Back to the Basics (with a free checklist!)

August 23, 2015

You know that feeling when you picked out the perfect vacation, the time is right and the money is long?

But sometimes all that planning can seem a little daunting.

So today we’re going to go back to basics and breaking down the steps of how to plan a trip. A kick-ass trip. If you are embarking on a road trip then you need to make sure you are insured for the journey ahead. Checking out low car insurance might be helpful. (Spoiler alert: there are only five steps!)



1. The Transportation Part

How are you going to get where you’re going? Plane, train, bus, car? Think about time and money. Make sure to shop around too. Skyscanner is one of my favourite websites for comparing airfare. Choose “whole month” for your dates and you can see what days are cheapest to fly on. There are similar websites out there for trains and buses too. Easy, breezy, beautiful travel. Those that are wanting to travel by car but budgets won’t allow for it, finding a cheap second-hand car is as easy as searching for a make and model, for example, this 2006 lexus gs300 turbo kit for sale.

2. The Accommodation Part

Where are you going to rest your head at the end of the day? I’ve always thought of hotels/hostels as just a place to sleep so spending big bucks on them never made too much sense (assuming you’re touring around a city). Hostelworld is a great and cheap hostel locator.

Pro tip: see if you have any friends or family in the city. Chances are they’re be more than happy to put you up for a night or three.

3. The Activities Part

What are you going to see, do, eat and see while you’re out and about? You don’t have do any major research but make a little list of famous monuments you’d like to see and take a glance or two at a map. If you have some concept of where you are, the trip gets 56% easier.

4. The Money Part

Ahh, yes. How are you going to fund this adventure? Check out my post on budgeting for a trip if you want some pointers on just how travel expenses all break down.

5. The Packing Part

Whatcha going to bring? These too can seem like the most daunting part but fear not! I’ve already made you a guide on how to pack. Or how to pack just an overnight bag. Don’t. Forget. Underwear.

Simple enough right?! Above is a free checklist of how to plan a trip to get you going. I always find that breaking things down into smaller parts make everything so much easier.

What’s the next trip you’re planning? Do you have any planning tips?

*image from here

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  • Elyse August 23, 2015 at 10:12

    Ah! Thank you for this! I always get so frazzled when I book a trip or I want to, it seems to loom over my head! (but obviously that doesn’t last too long because the excitement kicks in!)
    I’m gonna have to print out that checklist hehe!

    P.S Hope you’re having a wonderful trip! 🙂

    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:09

      I totally agree! And thanks! I actually go to school here in scotland, so I’ll be here for quite some time haha. Glad you liked the checklist!

  • Eva Marie August 23, 2015 at 12:58

    You have a very interesting blog! I love it!!!


    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:09

      Aw thank you so much Eva!!!

  • Nati August 23, 2015 at 13:19

    Oh, I’m so bad in planning (;
    Nati xx

    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:10

      I tottttally feel that, Nati. I just think about it but never do anything. haha

  • Dice Limbaga August 23, 2015 at 13:41

    this is really helpful! I actually don’t have plans but we are going around macau and hong kong next month. We only figured out the transportation and accommodation.

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    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:10

      Ooooo that sounds amazing. I’m jealous!! Good luck with the planning, Dice!

  • Linda Libra Loca August 23, 2015 at 15:08

    The next trip I am planning is to the South of France, I cant wait!

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:11

      That somewhere I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go. Have so much fun, Linda!!

  • Nadiya Sloan August 23, 2015 at 15:38

    Yay for the checklists! 🙂 That’s something I love to write (love to check things off!lol)
    I absolutely love your tips, esp. the pro tip – smart & easy 😉
    I have a vacation coming up in 5 days (woohoo)! Gran Canaria, here we come 🙂
    Thanks so much for a lovely comment on my blog. Just popping in to check yours out & will definitely be following girlie.
    xox Nadia //

    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:11

      I’m such a fan of lists too! (I have two notebooks just full of them). Thank you so much for reading Nadia!!

  • missgetaway August 23, 2015 at 15:57

    Absolutely love this! I’m a sucker for checklists and even better if they come free tbh 😀

    Love, Kerstin

    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:12

      Agreed! Checklists are the besssst. Thanks Kerstin <3

  • Jessica Prain August 23, 2015 at 20:33

    Perfect post, I love that you have a checklist haha makes it a lot easier to just print off and use !


    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:12

      So glad you like it Jess!

  • Albert Wijaya August 24, 2015 at 00:10

    Great share! This checklist will be very helpful when I plan my next trip! 🙂

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    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:13

      I’m such a fan of checklist. Happy to spread the checklist-love! hahah

  • Kat Horrocks August 24, 2015 at 05:04

    Such a helpful little checklist. Currently planning next Summer’s trip to Barcelona with my boyfriend (I know we’re very eager but we’re so excited we want to book early!) and will definitely be referring back to this 🙂

    Kat |

    • Pia S August 24, 2015 at 05:13

      Ooo, Barcelona sounds amaaaazing. And hey, early planning is the best!

  • Sarah August 24, 2015 at 07:06

    These are really helpful tips! We are thinking on going to London next summer so these will come in handy when we start planning the trip 🙂

    Sarah |

  • Naomi August 24, 2015 at 07:20

    Great tip list! I love the checklist a lot too, I always work with some sort of check list. I just, like to stay prepared haha.

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

  • Zarrah Jane August 24, 2015 at 08:43

    Such informative tips

    LOvin this dear

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  • Winfred August 24, 2015 at 09:46

    Thanks for sharing this

    Everyone is going to need this checklist


  • Selena August 24, 2015 at 10:06

    I love the list, so helpful! hahaha
    Thanks for sharing this with us, definately going to use it whenever I cant to travel!
    Have a nice day, gorgeous! xx

  • Jessica @ Styled Nutrition August 24, 2015 at 11:49

    You are giving me a serious case of wanderlust!

  • Danielle August 24, 2015 at 12:42

    A very helpful post! I’ll try to remember these tips next time I travel.

  • Ela BellaWorld August 24, 2015 at 14:16

    Great post! It sure will be really helpful xx

  • racheldinh August 24, 2015 at 16:35

    Great tips and thank for your free checklist. It will come in so handy.

  • Indah permata sari August 24, 2015 at 19:48

    the checklist really useful!


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  • winscribbles August 24, 2015 at 23:30

    this checklist is adorable!! xoxo

  • Vanessa Du August 26, 2015 at 05:00

    This is such a great guide! I think the most important part of a trip is who you travel with.

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  • Paola August 26, 2015 at 07:32

    Great tips, perfect guide!!!
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  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter August 27, 2015 at 13:45

    Thanks for this awesome trip planning checklist! I bookmarked it for my upcoming trips!

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  • Katy August 31, 2015 at 08:12

    I’m heading out of town on Wednesday so this is perfect!! Thank you! 🙂

    xo, Katy

  • Nora Gouma August 31, 2015 at 09:14

    Interesting post, great tips as well, thank you for sharing!!!


  • Jennifer Jayne September 8, 2015 at 11:48

    Great check list – thanks for sharing

    Jenn |

  • Jen Dang @ Skirt The Rules September 14, 2015 at 16:04

    Love these tips! Have you ever tried Airbnb for accommodations? I recently booked an apartment in Florence, Italy for our honeymoon and I loved “living like a local” during our trip!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

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