Everyone wants to travel and see the world – but unfortunately, not many are good at planning trips. Planning a vacation can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know where to start! I’ll show you how I usually plan my trip and give you tips from pre-trip to post-trip. I covered the basics of planning a trip and also included the tried and tested websites and apps I normally use. This ultimate guide will ensure that you get the most out of your trip without spending too much!

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I know we’re still on lockdown but one thing’s for sure, once this pandemic is over, everyone will be excited to explore the world and seek out what they’ve been missing for the past months! So arm yourselves with the right travel resources now so that you can travel smarter in the future.

📣 IMPORTANT UPDATE: As of October 21, Filipinos can now travel overseas again for non-essential trips!

Let your adventure begin! Choose which section you want to start with or simply read from top to bottom so you won’t miss anything!

Trip Planning Tips

PRE-TRIP

All the things you need to know before you embark on your trip!

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DECIDE WHERE TO GO

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First, you have to know where you want to go! Inspire the wanderlust in you by researching possible countries or cities you want to explore. Check out travel websites, Instagram accounts of travel bloggers, and my favorite method – browse travel-related Pinterest boards.

“Dare to live the life you have always wanted.”

In case you’re traveling with your significant other and this will be your first time doing so, read this helpful article: 3 Travel Tips For Couples To Survive Your First Trip Together.

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FIND AFFORDABLE FLIGHTS

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Now that you have pinned down your dream destination, time to check out the best airfare deals! These are the top websites I usually visit for affordable flights. They have app versions too which come in handy for those times you want to quickly check if there’s a price drop!

My go-to site when I want to find the cheapest flight options available among many airlines.

You will love the “Flight Watch” option which can notify you when there’s a price drop!

I normally check this to compare airfare prices and make sure no deals are left out.

If you’re from the Philippines, make sure to regularly watch out for Cebu Pacific seat sales. Most of my budget trips abroad and locally were booked via this budget airline.

💡 PRO TIP: It’s possible to travel without breaking the bank! I had already been to Japan twice and believe it or not, I only spent less than Php 4,000 for each round trip airfare. Read the 7 Cebu Pacific Seat Sale Hacks That 100% Worked for Me!

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BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS

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Finding a great place to stay is now made easy, thanks to numerous websites and apps that collate every best deal possible! Here are my top 3 go-to sites for booking accommodations!

I normally start my search with Agoda! They list over 2 million properties worldwide.

If you want to live like a local, stay in one of their homes! It’s a great experience!

From cozy country homes to hostels and apartments you can find it here!

💡 PRO TIP: Always read the reviews of the properties listed before making a decision! Other things to consider before booking accommodation: flexible cancelation policy and proximity to transportations. You want to make sure it’s near a bus stop or train station to be able to save on travel time. It’s also nice if the hotel can offer a refund in case you decide to cancel the trip, giving you peace of mind.

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PREPARE TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

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Travel smart and make sure you have these things prepared ahead of time! It will save you the hassle and avoid any canceled trips! Search about the best times to apply for a visa, if needed, so you can schedule accordingly. The last thing you want is to be stressing about deadlines!