Planning a trip can be quite a hassle. There are so many things you need to keep in mind and every destination is different. Most people think that planning starts with booking a plane ticket and finding a hotel, but your trip actually starts with the journey to the airport.
Make sure that every detail of your trip is planned with the tips in this article to enjoy a carefree holiday!
Plan Your Trip to the Airport
You’ve probably already selected your destination and bought a plane ticket to get there. Now, it’s time to think about how you are going to travel to the airport. If you’re planning on going by car, keep in mind that you need a parking spot. Taking public transportation is usually the cheapest, but not always the most convenient option.
Go by car
Taking your car is by far the most convenient way to get to the airport–you can drive to the airport in all comfort. Besides, you know exactly how much space is available for your luggage in your car. If you do go to the airport by car, it is essential to reserve a parking spot before your departure date, though.
You can check the available parking spots in the US and Canada through the parkos.com website, for example. There are several options to choose from, namely on-site parking, off-site parking, valet parking, and park, sleep & fly.
On-site parking means that you park in an official parking lot associated with the airport. Usually, these parking lots are within walking distance of the airport’s entrance or offer a free shuttle service. A cheaper option is off-site parking. In this case, you make a reservation for a parking spot in a parking lot outside the airport grounds. These lots offer a shuttle service which is usually included in the price. Additionally, these lots offer extra services such as washing your car or repairing dents and scratches.
Valet parking is a convenient way to reach the airport, without having to take a shuttle. Your valet will meet you at the agreed-upon time at the entrance of the airport and take your car back to the entrance once you arrive at the airport after your trip. Your car will be ready for you to take you back home, without having to wait.
If you must drive far or would like to be well-rested before your flight, park, sleep & fly offers are a good option for you. Most hotels near airports offer this kind of package, which includes an overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, parking during your trip, and a shuttle service. However, there is a maximum time that you are allowed to park your car, which usually doesn’t exceed fourteen days.
Take public transportation
Public transportation is a better option if you’re on a budget. It is usually much cheaper, and you’ll be taken directly to the airport, without having to worry about parking your car. If you don’t have a lot of luggage, you might consider taking a taxi. They’ll drop you off right at the entrance of the airport and save you a lot of parking fees.
Even more convenient and cheaper is to take a bus, train, or subway to the airport (if available). This kind of transportation takes you to the airport quickly and has lots of space available for you to leave your bags. However, do keep in mind that it might be crowded and that you might have less space and comfort than if you go by car.
Book Your Hotel
Booking a hotel is the next important step. If you’re going on a city trip, it is best to stay in the city center. Usually, the most important sites will be easily reachable from the city center. If you’re traveling on a budget and the hotels in the center are expensive, you could consider a hostel or hotel further away from the center. In this case, make sure that you are staying in a safe area and that you are close to public transportation, which can connect you to the sights of the city.
Booking a hotel at a beach destination is much different from booking a hotel for a city trip. If you’re planning on relaxing on the beach, the best place to stay is at a hotel situated at the beach itself. Choose an all-inclusive hotel for even more luxury. Most hotels on the beach have private beaches which do not allow outside guests. If you do choose to not stay on the beach, make sure that there is a public beach nearby.
Plan Your Airport Transfer
The plane takes you right to the country that you want to visit, however, most airports are situated far away from the city or the beach you plan to stay at. It is therefore wise to plan your way to the hotel in advance. Contact the hotel and ask them if they have a shuttle available for pick-up or ask them to book a taxi.
A budget-friendly option is to take public transportation from the airport to the city. But make sure you know how to purchase a ticket and where you need to go once you have arrived at the airport.
Look for Things to Do
Nothing is more frustrating than coming back from your trip and feeling like you haven’t done everything you wanted to do. To avoid this feeling, it is essential to make a list of things you want to do months in advance. Tickets to some world-famous sightseeing spots are sold out months in advance, such as access tickets to the crown of the Statue of Liberty in the US, or Machu Picchu in Peru. Be prepared and book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Don’t forget to plan different kinds of activities, such as culinary experiences, museum visits, sports activities, and natural sightseeing trips.