Planning a trip is fun … but also time-consuming. There are many things that you have to take into account. As Australia and New Zealand travel specialist, we know better than anyone what is involved in planning a tour. That is why we provide a number of useful tips!
Although it is exciting and in some sense offers more freedom to travel on the receipt, planning a trip is certainly not a bad idea. You don’t have to think about anything on the spot and at the same time see everything you want to see. With the six steps below you can already start designing your dream trip.
Step 1: choose your travel destination
You have decided to make a tour, but do you already know where the journey is going? If so, that’s fine – you can proceed to step 2.
But if you don’t know it yet, then you’re faced with a difficult choice … After all, the world has a lot to offer!
This is how you choose the travel destination that suits you
Consider which countries appeal to you the most and then make a list of potential travel destinations.
Choose the three (or five) best options from these destinations. Be specific and only choose the destinations that appeal to you the most.
Can’t really choose? Then write your top 3 on notes and draw a lottery ticket. Or let your (travel) partner choose.
Step 2: determine when you want to go and how long your tour lasts
When do you board the plane and how long do you stay away from home? These two questions are essential for planning your trip: from booking airline tickets to choosing the number of overnight stays per accommodation. But how do you determine the best ‘when’ and ‘how long’?
The ‘when’ also determines which season you will find in the destination country. And that is not an unimportant aspect. Whose nightmare is it not to be confined to accommodations because of the rainy season …
Avoid unpleasant surprises and first identify what you can expect when and where. Australia has multiple climate zones and the seasons are the opposite of the seasons in the Netherlands. Handy to know if, for example, you want to escape the winter weather in the Netherlands!
The ‘how long’
The ‘how long’ influences the implementation of your schedule. What can you see in the time that you are there and how do you spend the time as optimally as possible? But be careful! Do not try to plan your trip too full or go for a spacious travel plan. You quickly misunderstand the distances and sizes of, for example, national parks. At the end of your journey you may have been everywhere, but because of the too high travel pace you have been able to enjoy it less.
Step 3: Immerse yourself in the country to gain inspiration
To help determine the length of your tour, it is advisable to delve into the country. Nothing is as fun as getting inspiration for your tour.
Prepared to go to a travel organization is also not a bad idea; the travel expert who is travelling with you at the table will get a better picture of your wishes and needs.
Which areas do you prefer? (sea and beach, the cozy interior or the rugged desert)
Which sights do you absolutely want to see?
Are you curious about the most famous attractions?
Do you like to be among the locals to experience the culture?
Do you also undertake sporting activities?
Visit a country presentation
But where do you start to delve into a country? Maybe you don’t have time to sort everything out yourself or you simply prefer to hear it directly from an expert. Then see if your travel specialist also offers country presentations. In a few hours, an expert will tell you everything you need to know to plan your tour. Read more about our small-scale country presentations for Australia and New Zealand .
Step 4: consider how you want to travel
If you make a trip far from home, then a flight is inevitable. But are you traveling all at once or are you thinking of stopping somewhere along the way and perhaps even catching another country? And how do you continue to travel after the plane has landed?
Step 5:Flight with or without a stopover (stopover)?
Are you flying to the other side of the world? Then there is a good chance that the aircraft will make one or two stops. But what can you do best? Wait a few hours for your flight to resume or … make a short visit to the country where you are currently located.
Step 6:A stopover of a few days has advantages:
You fly two birds with one stone with two countries in one holiday. Nice for a change and your photo album!
You can recover from the long flight and then resume your journey fresh. Nothing is as nice as arriving at your destination fully rested.
When booking your flight ticket, you can take a stopover and choose where you stretch your legs.