• By Ana Luisa

Organizing a trip can be hard work, but it can also be a pleasure. Making your own itinerary, having freedom of choice and knowing the places even before the trip happens are some of the advantages of an independent trip and without necessarily hiring a travel agency.

With a little organization and planning you can make great choices and create an ideal roadmap to suit your taste and budget.

To help plan your trip, here are some tips:

Tip 1: Set a Budget

You have decided you want to travel. Whether on holiday or just a 4-day holiday, for each trip to be taken, the traveler can stipulate how much will be spent including ticket + accommodation + attractions + food + transportation + souvenirs.

This is the first step. Once you have set your budget, go to step 2.

Tip 2: Choose Destination

This is a difficult task, after all so many beautiful places in the world, isn’t it? To help you narrow down, separate destinations by time available, type of trip, and your interests.

  • Do you have 4 days available to travel? 7 days? 1 month?
  • Do you want a trip to the beach, to the mountains, to a snowy destination? With a lot of nature? Do you like big cities
  • What kind of interest do you have in the destination: just rest and relax? Adventure or religious tourism? Historical places? Beer or wine route? Love museums? Do you have any physical limitations? Will the trip be with children? A backpacking style trip? Want to visit several countries?

Finally, answer: Which of the possible destinations best fits your budget?

Whatever your preferences you need to define the destination of your vacation or holiday

Tip 3: When to travel?

Answer some questions:

  • When is the best time of year to visit the destination (s) you choose?
  • Is the date of your vacation appropriate for the destination (s)?
  • What will the weather be like at your chosen destination in your available time?
  • When is the high season in the chosen destination?
  • At the chosen destination, is there any climate change on the expected travel date? As for example the monsoons in South and Southeast Asia (this is an atmospheric phenomenon that causes heavy rains at one time of year and severe droughts at another)

If the destination you choose and your available time period match, great! Go ahead!

A great reference for destination decision making is to consider the season.

Below you can see the seasons in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres:

North hemisphere

Spring: March 21 to June 20
Summer: 21 June until 20 September
Autumn: September 21 to December 20
Winter: December 21 to March 20

South hemisphere

Spring: 21 September until 20 December
Summer: 21 December to 20 March
Autumn: March 21 to June 20
Winter: June 21 to September 20

These are the first tips to help you organize and plan your trip. With them you can start putting your plan into action and then make your dream trip!

* Content by collaborator Mariana Piana, from the blog Do Norte ao Sul.