How to Plan a Trip
How to Plan a Trip: the excursions, add-ons, & the activities
These are important because they ensure that you won’t miss out on anything while you’re on holiday. Planning these before you leave home will avoid disappointment and heartache!
Great advice if you’re on holiday and short of time, and on a budget:
- Ask yourself the basic questions : What, Where,When, and How? You can always tweak your itinerary when you’re there.
- Treat the add-ons in the same way as you would your transport and your accommodation.
Here’s my sad tale – it was quite a while ago and I didn’t know how to plan a trip as well as I though I did:
I achieved my childhood dream to get to Bolivia and then to Tiwanaku after a long time waiting!
So I was excited to get there. The altitude was a problem so I spent a frustrating 3 days acclimatizing. The only way I could relieve my pounding headache was by tying a scarf very tightly round my head. That worked, but not much. In the end the chemist sold me pills and I was finally ready to make the trip to Tiwanaku.
However, my woes didn’t end there. The tour agency in the centre of La Paz was extremely busy. I was with friends and we found ourselves at the back of quite a queue. So annoyingly that was another whole morning wasted! Then we were told that the next available trip was in 3 days time! This was not convenient, as we had arranged a go to Lake Titicaca!
Then the trip was very expensive, much more than we had budgeted for. The people on the mini bus had bought their tickets in advance before they left for Bolivia. They had paid far less than I, and were able to make proper plans because they knew exactly when they would be in Tiwanaku.
Clearly I was not prepared! So book before you leave is my mantra.
Urban Adventures is a fantastic company who specialize in exciting city tours in all corners of the world. These are special tours because they include activities. Depending on which city you are in, you might go to eat an authentic meal in a restaurant that is hidden away from tourists, or even visit someone’s home and sample their homemade fare! Urban Adventures can do this because they have local guides with inside information, and they will take you to places that ordinary tourists don’t know about. It’s like being with a local friend! Click on this banner:
Here as an example are a couple of very interesting tours in La Paz.
You can book add-on trips, tours, and many different activities to your travel plans, some last a few hours, others a few days, but all of them will really enhance your holiday experience. Take my advice.
DoSomethingDifferent is a company that has all sorts of adventures and activities you can book and pay for directly online. Apart from convenience, this has the advantage of making budgeting easier, because you won’t have to pay for these things when you are away. Also, they are able to offer real bargains because they can make bulk bookings. Their trips have all been tried and tested. They include amazing Once in a Lifetime Experiences such as a balloon flight over the beautiful landscape of Orlando, helicopter rides in the Grand Canyon, or a unique Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Reykjavik!
They may even have something for you experience to close to your home- so you don’t even need to go on holiday! These activities and experiences make fabulous gifts too!
It is so easy to book activities and excursions online from adventure travel companies. If you book from a reputable company with responsible travel policies, then the host country will benefit from your purchase. Buying off the cuff when you are away may not have the results you intend.
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