Planning: Where to Begin

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Today, right now, the very moment you’re reading this, the world is more accessible than it has been throughout history. You can see and do more, relative to your economic situation, than anyone in the generations that preceded you. You have more planning resources available on your phone than exist in the entirety of the world’s physical libraries. Airfare is cheaper and faster than it has ever been. In the last 100 years, English speaking throughout the world has grown by 1,000%. And debit and credit cards have made currency exchange almost a non factor. All the things that reserved travel for certain classes of people, keeping average folks like us from seeing the wonders of the world, they’re all changing. And they’re changing in our favor.  

Right now, Ryan and I are in Phoenix, Arizona. The farthest major city in the world from us is Antananarivo, Madagascar in Africa. We could be there in 28 hours. I just looked and there’s a beautiful boutique hotel called the Lokanga. It’s about $90 a night. Give us about 20 minutes and we could have a  seven day itinerary planned out. 50 years ago, that would have been unheard of. 

I want you to imagine the the voice of the Big Lebowski’s Walter Sobchak quoting Theodor Herzl: “If you will it, it is no dream.” All Walter wanted in the world was to participate in some well regulated bowling matches and provide a safe environment for his ex wife’s papered show dog. Your dreams are much bigger than his, but no less attainable. 

Planning a trip can be overwhelming. The longer the duration and farther away the destination is, the more difficult it seems. Some people have no idea where to start, while others make a few decisions and then find themselves in a cycle of changing those decisions over and over again. It can be discouraging, enough to cause you to throw your hands up and just replicate last years vacation. “Screw it, we’re going to the beach,” is an understandable reaction to the stress of planning. But we don’t want it to be your reaction and that’s why we’ve put a step by step guide together for you that covers these 7 steps:

  1. Get Your Passport

  2. Decide Where, How Long, and When

  3. Purchase Plane Tickets

  4. Develop a Schedule

  5. Book Other Transportation

  6. Find Activities and Restaurants

  7. Reserve Your Hotels

It’s an organized way to plan a trip. Is it the only way to do it? Of course not, but it’s a way that we know works. And one that will save you some time and money. You might ask yourself, “Why am figuring out a rental car before a hotel?” We think that once you read the whole way through the guide, you’ll see why things are ordered the way they are. With that said, this isn’t a rulebook. When you start to plan your trip, you may move the steps around in a way that fits your situation better. Go for it, these are your dreams, you’re in charge. 

PlanningStephen Reed