How to plan for a big trip*
I’ve just spent the last six months (or maybe even more!) planning our east coast Australia road trip and I feel like we’re finally ready to go! However, it has involved a lot of planning which is really daunting at first, especially when it’s a big, expensive holiday. Here’s my advice on how to plan for a big trip.
Do your research
There are probably hundreds upon thousands of blog posts and area guides written about where you want to go. Doing your research will not only get you really excited for your trip but it will help you narrow down what you’d like to do when you’re there. If you’re only going for a short time, you definitely won’t be able to fit everything in but it’s a great idea to have a lot of things to do in mind, in case your plans change. Obviously, if you’re planning a road trip, your chief concern will be what vehicle you will be driving. Finding a vehicle that meets your needs, that you can pick up near where you are and that is affordable are all key considerations. After that, your attention will likely be drawn to fuelling your vehicle. A road trip such as ours will likely require numerous trips to the gas station, so knowing where all our refuelling points are ahead of time is certainly helpful. You may wish to use an app such as this for your trip – https://www.quickfuel.com/Station-Locator-App.aspx. Once the automotive aspect of your planning is under control, you can begin to fill your days with the things you want to do! If you are travelling cross-country, you may even want to consider avoiding the long drive entirely and be reunited with your vehicle once you reach your destination through other means. Using a vehicle transportation service like Cars Relo can alleviate the stress involved with such journeys.
An itinerary doesn’t have to be as boring as it sounds! Use your diary or a notebook to keep track of your plans for each day. This is especially helpful if you are travelling to more than one destination as it can get a little confusing thinking where you’re supposed to be on which day. Don’t feel that you need to stick to your itinerary too rigidly – plans change and you might find something else you’d prefer to do instead of what you had planned.
iPhone notes have been an absolute lifesaver for me whilst planning this trip. I’m so busy at the moment that I’m trying to fit planning in around every other aspect of my life (work, blog, football, social life, etc!) and it’s been really handy having several lists saved in my iPhone notes so that I can add to them whenever I think of something else. I’ve got lists of things to do before we go, what toiletries we need and what documents we need to print out – all saved on my phone.
I’ve been planning this trip in my head for about…a million years! However, I’m only just ramping up the planning now with less than a week to go which I must admit, is pretty stressful. I think the earlier you start planning, the less there’ll be left to do at the end and that’s definitely no bad thing!
What are your top tips when you plan for a big trip? Let me know in the comments below!
[collaboration with Collins Debden]