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Tips for planning a trip

Organizing a trip is an expensive task that can take us too long. Therefore, we tell you the steps you have to follow to plan your trip in the best possible way: what you need, when to travel and what tools you can use.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Organize a travel bag

One of the most important aspects when traveling is luggage. It is not a simple task to prepare the bags for a trip, especially when we do not know the destination we are going to.

First, it is important to take a tourist guide, since it will help us to orientate ourselves and know the most important of the place where we go. There are for all tastes and ages, we can even find editions for children.

If we do not want it to take up too much space, we can carry the travel book in e-pub format, that is, in an electronic book. If you have any questions, see the following article: Tourist guides: what are they for and how are they used?

To prepare the Makeup bag When traveling, you must choose a suitable and quality case, preferably of medium size, so that all our objects fit but do not take up too much space in the suitcase.

Tips for preparing the suitcase and the bag

You can not forget to put the indispensable, between what is the toothbrush, the comb and the deodorant. If you are going to stay in a hotel, they will probably provide you with gel and shampoo.

It is essential to know how to take liquids at the airport. These should go in containers of less than 100 milliliters, carrying a maximum of one liter. They are all stored in a transparent and zippered plastic bag.

Transport liquids on the plane

If you wonder how to prepare a bag When traveling, the first thing to keep in mind is whether you are going to check in or not, how many days you will be out and what the weather is where you are going.

So that you do not forget anything, it is advisable to make a list and cross out the things that we are putting in the suitcase. Remember to monitor the weight so as not to exceed the maximum allowed on the plane, so avoid carrying unnecessary objects.

When placing the items in the luggage, it is better to put the heaviest items underneath and the most delicate ones, so that they do not crumple. To occupy less space, roll them up instead of folding them, and wear the ones with the most volume, such as boots or a coat.

Choose destination

Sometimes it can be difficult to choose the destination to travel to. The most important thing is the type of trip you want to do and your tastes, in order to choose between beach, rural, cultural destinations, etc.

The difficult task of choosing a destination for your next trip

Also, you have to take into account the time you have, since if they are few days you will not be able to go far. The budget is also another factor, as there are more expensive destinations than others.

In Europe we find different options. There are a large number of cities perfect for practicing cultural tourism. However, if you are looking to relax at sea and enjoy the good weather, Mediterranean countries such as Spain or Greece are perfect.

Cala Macarelleta de Menorca, Spain

For those who want to go a step further and lie in the sand of paradisiacal beaches, the Caribbean is their destination. Avoid hurricane season, which occurs between July and November.

Another option is to take a trip through South America and discover its great attractions, such as Macchu Picchu, in Peru, the Iguazu Falls, in Argentina, and the Atacama Desert, in Chile.

Macchu Picchu, the jewel of Peru

As you can see, there are many international alternatives to take a trip around the world. However, you can also organize a tour of your own country, which will also have charming places.

Types of travel

Not all trips are the same. There are those that are done for work, that is, business. People who make these types of trips have special needs. If you have to prepare a trip for your boss, you must take them into account.

On the opposite side are vacations, at which time workers take advantage of tourism and relax, looking for tourist destinations where they can rest. It is also possible that they make an incentive trip, which the bosses give to motivate their employees.

An alternative tourism option is that of backpacker. People who make this choice carry all their luggage in a backpack and even some sleep in a tent. It is a cheap option to go around the world.

Traveling as a backpacker: a low-cost option

We also find family tourism, where you travel with children. Safe and quiet destinations stand out, as well as those preferred by the youngest, as is Disney Land Paris. Giving your family a stay like this can be a pleasant surprise for them.

When the students finish their studies, the majority make a trip of graduates or of end of course. This departure is usually group and beach destinations, although others prefer cultural tourism and choose to do an Interrail: a train tour of Europe.

Trips are not just to relax or to meet new places, they can also aim to help people in need. Therefore, another option is to leave of missionary or volunteer.

It is common for newlyweds to go on a wedding trip. They visit romantic places and where to enjoy as a couple. Many take the opportunity to take a post-wedding photo session, so it becomes a stay photographic.

Post-wedding photo session during a trip to Rome

Older people also have the right to explore. In addition, people who no longer work have more free time, so many agencies offer stays in tourist destinations for retirees.

If you want to visit another country but you have animals, do not stay at home, since your dog or cat can also travel. If you decide to take it with you, check the requirements that must be met in order to get on a plane or enter a specific territory.

Traveling alone is also a good option, especially when you don't have a partner. In addition, you can organize the day on your own, without the need for a travel agency. If you want more information, visit the article Travel for singles: the best destinations.

Length of stay

To calculate how long our trip will last, two important factors must be taken into account: time and budget. If you don't have too much free time, you can plan a getaway from Weekend.

Madrid: a weekend destination

Depending on the money you are going to invest, that trip can be to a place near where you live or to a city abroad that is well connected by plane, to which you arrive in less than three hours.

If you have more time or are on vacation, you can plan a stay of one week, because in this way you will have time to know perfectly the destination you want to visit.

In this case, we must bear in mind that the main expense of the trip will be accommodation, so depending on our budget we can go to a higher or lower quality accommodation. To save, good advice is to book it in advance.

Also, if you want to make a great tour of several countries and you can afford it, a long trip It is an experience you can never forget. There is even the option to travel by car and forget about having to take planes or other means of transport.

The car: an option for long trips

For such long excursions, some people choose to be backpackers, a type of tourism low cost which allows us to know different places at a lower price.

Maps and directions

When we visit a place for the first time it is considerably easy to get lost. Therefore, we must take a map of the area with us. At present, the most comfortable is to use the mobile to guide us, since with applications such as Google Maps o Google Earth is an easy task.

These mobile APPs are effective, as they guide us to the address we indicate. With them we can even search for the closest restaurants or view the map with satellite images.

However, new technologies are not designed for everyone, so if you have good guidance, another option is to use paper maps. Make sure they are sufficiently detailed. A recommended option is the Repsol Guide.

The map: indispensable element in any trip

To consult the addresses of the attractions that we want to find, in the travel guides, of which we have spoken previously, we can find different itineraries, ideal to not miss any important place.

If you are going to make a trip by car, it is best to have a GPS, since it is difficult to be guided by roads that we do not know. Some of the most used are Tomtom and Garmin.

In this case, we must manipulate the GPS before Starting the tour, because if we touch it while driving, it can be dangerous, both for us and for other drivers.


The plane is the means of transport in which we can move faster. Currently, most destinations have at least one nearby airport. If you plan to use this medium, we recommend you read this article: Preparing the plane trip: tips and troubleshooting.

The plane: the fastest means of transport

However, there are people who are afraid of the plane or who prefer to move on the road. For those traveling with family or with more people, the car may be a more viable option. If we want to save the accommodation, we can also opt for a motorhome.

The motorcycle is the preferred means for those who are stopping in the middle of the road to photograph the landscape, or for those who enjoy taking the curves of the roads.

The most athletes also have the option of traveling in bike. It is a good idea as long as we are in good shape and the weather is going to be stable; otherwise it can be dangerous.

On the other hand, if you are traveling to a nearby place and do not want to have to drive, many countries have a good public transport network, so you can move by bus or train. In the case of Spain, the body that manages the rail network is Renfe.

The train as a means of transport for our trip

Choose the season to travel

A destination changes depending on the time of the year in which we visit it. Therefore, we must consider our preferences when choosing the time to travel.

For all those who want to know a city and do cultural tourism, autumn and winter are the best seasons, since the temperatures are mild and the parks have a special charm.

If, on the contrary, you are going to visit a natural area, it is advisable to go in seasons with less risk of rain and storms, such as during the months of May and June.

On the other hand, travelers who want to enjoy the sea should take advantage of the summer to do so. Keep in mind that in the southern hemisphere the hot months are from December to February.

However, there are people who like the cold or do not mind traveling with warm clothes. For them, the best option is to take advantage of the winter holidays, that way they can spend a Different christmas or take advantage to ski in the snow.

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