Year 2107 is the year of travel (who I am kidding) traveling is one of my favourite past times and this year will be no exceptions. I already have several trips in the works there is nothing better than exploration and culture in my opinion. When I travel I always do research and make plans on what to see, where to eat, where to stay and what to pack to make the most out of my experience. I have a few websites that I always use time and time again which have been bookmarked on my browser.
I find it always pays off to do some research before you put a foot on the plane. First up I use a great trip planning website called Triphobo which allows you to pull together a itinerary for your trip, handy if you are traveling in a group. It also lets you view other peoples planners to give you inspiration as well. The next place I go to is the Tripadvisor forums where real travellers post questions, tips and ideas about any destination. I find it gives more of a local view of the city and always points me in the direction of hidden gems or places you would not of found otherwise. Occasional I may purchase a small guide book normally this is when I know I need maps of a city, if I do I go for one of the DK Top 10 guide with maps inside as they generally only cost about a fiver but can be handy when actually on holiday. My other source of information comes for other peoples blogs as they are first hand experiences of travel. I particularly like the following blogs eatyourworld and hipshops are just two of my favourites.
The days where I just throw things in my suitcase the night before are long gone and that is mainly due to the constant changes in luggage allowance. I always plan my outfits so that I take just the right amount of clothes and shoes never to many. One of my favourite packing guides is from the blogger Anna she has a whole series on different types of holidays plus a pdf which you can download this means I never forget anything. If your into capsule wardrobes there are loads of guides out there personal this is not something I can do very well!
Always think about the city of place your going to know how much preparation in advance you need to do for example I am going to New York at the end of february and I will always make all my dinner reservations before I go where as If I was going on a beach holiday all inclusive than I don’t need to. At then end of the day its about having fun and making the most out of your time in these amazing places as you never know when you may get the chance to go again. What are your travel tips? let me know in the comments below.