How To go On Self Guided Excursions

wanderlust, n. – a strong desire to travel

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The wish to explore the world, to step out of our comfort zone, to experience a life different from the one we lead on a daily basis, the desire to wander is, more or less, rooted in in every human being.

Now, in a world where there is too much to do and too little time to spare, we often postpone traveling (even if we can afford it), waiting for a better opportunity, or for the current crisis at work to pass, for this and that – the list is never-ending. However, if you are resolved not to let anything stop you from pursuing your wanderlust, here are several tips on how to organize your trip.

Where?

First of all, you need to decide on your destination. Is it going to be a four-hour drive to the woods or a trip to the other side of the planet? It’s best that you have it clearly mapped out in your mind, so you can plan the rest of your trip, along with all its details.

After you’ve reached that goal, it’s time to think about the numbers. How long are you staying there? Will you visit more than one place? Calculate the number of days with the average amount of money you plan on spending daily. It’s better to think ahead whether you’ll stay in a high-end hotel, rent a room in a hostel, or choose to sleep over in a tent out in the open. The same goes for all the little things – decide if will you cook for yourself or dine out.

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People

The next important decision includes the number of people you’ll be traveling with. Whether it’s just your sibling, significant other, or a large group of friends, it’s better to know in advance so you can organize accordingly. It makes a world of difference whether you travel alone or with ten other people, because you can often share the expenses for food and transportation. For example, for smaller groups you can share a cab, go by train, or rent a car, but you should probably go for an affordable bus charter if there’s a whole bunch of you.

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Activities

This one depends on your preferred destination, but it’s always better to know approximately what are the best things to do in the place you’re going to. This way you’ll know what to expect and what to bring when it comes to clothes and shoes, equipment and gear if sports are included, and most importantly, required medications and first aid. Sightseeing around London and rainforest hiking demand different kind of preparation, and you don’t want to forget anything essential.

It might be a good idea to bring maps, or guidebooks in case you want to make a detour and see something that’s not the part of your initial itinerary.

Additional advice

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  • Check for first/last minute offers at travel agencies—you’ll be surprised with how cheaper it is out of season.
  • Check for group discounts if there’s more people.
  • Think about booking flights and accommodation in advance to avoid unpleasant surprises.
  • Remember the little things: cellphone service, the Internet access, portable battery chargers.

As you can see, you can benefit a great deal from being prepared, and instead of worrying, you can relax and enjoy your well-deserved trip.

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