I get many emails and emails from people asking for help to set up their first trip alone, so I decided to do the post 10 tips for traveling on my own.
Riding a trip on your own may seem a little scary or feel a little lost, but I swear to you that it’s not difficult, you just have to stay tuned to certain details and research, but I swear it will be worth it! You’ll save a lot of money and still have more freedom when setting up your roadmap.
So I’ve separated some tips and put together a complete Travel Guide to help you set up your trip by yourself (see how good it is ?lol, but if you still do not feel safe, I advise you to look for a travel agency to Help you, always researching more than one option and comparing the prices and the quality of the service, not to fall in bored.
Let’s get the tips!
1- Choosing the destination
The first thing you should do is choose your destination from the trip, it seems kind of obvious, but I’ll explain it better as it can save you money.
Well, you must have at least 4 options, as promotions will not always happen to your preferred destination and if they happen, they will not always happen at the time you can travel. So, have some alternatives, this way you can search and compare prices and in the end choose the option more in account.
Create a wish list with destinations that you want to visit, in this list you must include the best time to visit that place, remembering that low season is always cheaper, but there are other factors that have to take into account: there are countries like the Caribbean, Which has times of hurricanes, others like Asia, which has the monsoon season, so search more about the destination you want to visit, put on the list when it is the best time to visit, when it is the worst, when it is low season … That kind of information you get easy easy on Google, just search “Best time to visit DESTINATION NAME”.
Once you’ve set the destinations you want to travel to and the best time (best value for money), it’s time for you to set your budget, even saving a lot with certain strategies, yet we must be realistic. You can not travel to Bora Bora for a thousand Reais. Put on the tip of the pencil how much you have available to spend on this trip.
3- Compare the list of destinations with your budget
In that moment you will see if your destinations are according to your budget, here you have to take into account not only the cost of the ticket and the lodging, but the food, tours and transportation. There are several tools that help you have an estimate of the expenses, I made a post talking about these tools here.
You should always buy the tickets first, as I said in several posts here on the blog, the price of the ticket varies a lot from one day to the other, so buy the ticket first then book the hotel.
To save on airline tickets you need to research, ticket aggregators are great for this (Skyscanner, Tripadvisor, Google Flights, CheapOair and Momondo are some examples), with them you can see when the day and month are cheaper and still Which company is offering the best price. Always compare on several websites and check also on the airline’s website.
If you want to know the best time to buy the ticket, check out this post here.
Before buying the tickets be well aware of some details:
Firstly, when buying a promotional ticket, try and read the instructions, these promotional tickets do not allow reimbursement in case of dropping or losing the flight, for whatever reason, some are lost the total amount invested, others have fines for redialing , So be very careful about this, read carefully before buying!
Second: many people send me emails asking if I already bought in the company x or y, if you have doubt of any company, before buying do a Google search about the company, in the Reclame Here and TripAdvisor, there you will find comments Of people who have already bought. Remember that sites such as Reclame Here, you will only find negative comments, you will not find people who have had a positive experience, a site that sells thousands of tickets or packages a day does not have a 100% approval rate, so you should take The content of the complaint and whether or not it affects you.
After closing the tickets, it is time to research the lodging. As with air tickets, the ideal is to search on different websites and compare prices, use the aggregator sites, such as Tripadvisor and Booking. Find the hotel according to your needs, such as: type of accommodation, flat, hostel, resort, whether you need breakfast included or not, location, etc.
Before closing, check the reviews and photos of other travelers not to fall in puncture, it is very important to also check the locality of the hotel, sometimes stay in a hotel far away, although cheap, not worth it, because you will spend a lot With shifting to the tourist spots.
Here you will search according to your need and budget. A great place to stay to help you compare prices and the distance is Rome2Rio, I mentioned it here.
Subway: if your destination has a good public transport, it is worth investing in an unlimited subway ticket, as in the case of New York;
Rental car: some cities do not have a good public transport system, in this case it is worth renting a car to use during your stay;
Train: This option is the most used for those who are going to make a backpack through Europe, a site to help you organize is Rail Europe;
Taxi: there are places that go by taxi is very cheap, others not so much, there are options like Uber, Cabify and taxis to pay on the card, like EasyTaxi.
8- Tourist Points
This part goes more than your taste, I prefer to put together a script, I search all the interesting places that have to visit, I select the ones that interest me the most and I put information of the type: what time it opens, how much it costs, address, and amount in Google Maps to facilitate and visit the same locations next to each other. Here you should also fit the walks and restaurants that fit in your pocket, have free options and other very expensive, go your budget and taste.
This step is only for international travel.
After the trip set up you will research and decide which option is best for you to take the money, use card, buy prepaid card, withdraw money. Depending on what you decide you need to take some steps:
You need to research the best exchange house to exchange money, the best cost benefit, if it is safe and with a good quote. If it is better to change here in Brazil or in the country. All this information you can get by searching on Google;
If you use the card, the good side is that it accumulates miles, the bad is that it pays IOF and the quote only closes at the end of the invoice.
Prepaid card also pays IOF, the good side is that it’s safer than carrying cash.
Making money is also a safe option, but you have to take into account that before traveling you need to unlock this option in your bank, a fee is paid and not all places have cash for cash.
10 – Reservations and extras
There are places you need to book in advance, some restaurants, shows, parks and so on.
When you assemble your script, you have researched on the sights and will know if you need to buy or book before.
Remember also to check other items, if you need a passport to travel to that place, seen, some vaccine, insurance, these things, so you do not forget anything and have no surprises during your trip!
These were my tips for riding your trip alone, the more you plan your trip on your own, the easier and faster it will be! You’ll get the hang of it.
I hope this Travel Guide helps you! Any questions just ask!