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Only 5 months to go!

Planning, planning, planning

Well, just over 5 months before we depart and it seems like the planning and preparation is going well. I decided to book/ reserve our accomodation before we leave so that we didn't have to spend hours on the Internet when we would rather be off exploring and having fun (and because I am a bit of a control freak / obsessive). Not that I am knocking the Internet as that is what has made this process so achievable. So my top tips at this stage are:

  • Don't be afraid of sorting out your own itinerary, and booking stuff yourself. I have had some lovely email exchanges with accommodation providers and am really looking forward to meeting some of them.
  • Make use of travel agents for the stuff that is more crucial/ complicated. We have used them to book flights primarily, but spent a happy 2 1/2 hours with them whilst they sorted out all of the logistics of hiring seven different hire cars in two separate countries with pick ups and drop offs as near to our hotels as possible.
  • Enjoy the planning process. We might only be away for 4 1/2 months but there is endless enjoyment to be had thinking about where you want to go and what you want to do.
  • Boring though it is keep one eye to your budget, so you know how much you can spend on accommodation, activities and eating out whilst you are away. No one WANTS to cut short a trip or get into debt whilst they are away.

In terms of planning, the following have been my best friends so far:

Trailfinders: great for doing as little or as much as you want them to do (thanks Richard)
Tripadvisor: good for getting an indication of what to do and where to go (and ignore the odd few reviewers who complain their helicopter flight was cancelled because of terrible weather, or that the sand was black on a volcanic beach).
Booking.com: for making it easy to book hotels but retain flexibility to change most up until a week or so before you arrive.

Finally, get excited, stay excited and be tolerant of your friends and family who are fed up with hearing you talk about it your travels, and are understandably probably pretty envious of what you are doing.

Posted by Gill's Travels 03:04 Archived in United Kingdom

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