It’s not long until 2017, and there’s lots of traveling to conquer. It might still be a few months away, but it’s never too early to start looking forward to things. One of the best parts about traveling is looking forward to it, and getting ready to go. As the date approaches, it gets harder to concentrate on other things. Planning and getting everything ready is tons of fun. Although sometimes it’s easier just to pick a tour and let it guide you to new places. Here’s what you need to do to get ready for an adventure.

Research the Country       There’s no need to be an expert on a country before you go – that’s what traveling is for. But it’s always a good idea to check it out. It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself in for, regarding culture, atmosphere, and safety. There are some countries where you might have to consider concerns about your health or how safe you might be if you travel alone. You might need time to get vaccinations or buy malaria tablets for your holiday. Of course, it’s also useful to check out things like average prices. Some countries are beautiful but not the best choice if you’re on a budget.

Look for Packages and Deals       A good package or holiday deal is always useful. A lot of the short breaks can be grabbed at great places from sites like Groupon. You can find some surprising offers. They can include hotels, meals, and sometimes flights or activities. It’s also a good idea to look at packages so that you have a ready-made holiday. Your itinerary and activities are already set up for you. It’s best to choose a group tour if you’re going to go to particular countries alone. You have to keep safety in mind, and it’s a great way to make friends.


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Explore Accommodation Options       Sometimes if you find a great deal on your holiday, it will include your accommodation. But if you have to book it independently, there are so many options to choose from. It can all be a bit overwhelming, but it’s also fun looking at what’s available. There are lots of great options in Amsterdam, for example. You can see what you can get at different price points. There are always different options in various locations. So don’t assume you know what’s out there. You can stay on a boat in Amsterdam, and you can do the same in many other places. Different locations around the world have their own types of accommodation. They range from guest houses to hostels and even homestays.

Check Out What’s Happening Locally       It’s essential to get out and about when you visit somewhere new. Getting involved in some local activities and events helps you get to know the place. It’s worth checking out the things that are always available. For example, there might be attractions you want to visit or bars, restaurants and clubs you want to go to. But you also should look for any events that might be going on when you visit. You can find some surprising things to enjoy. You never know if there might be a cultural festival taking place or a group of events for a special occasion.


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Look for the Odd Things to Do       Quirky things to do make your trip more interesting. You can research any unusual attractions before going on a trip. If you don’t want to have the same holiday as everyone else, it’s worth thinking outside the box. It’s often easiest to find offbeat things to do if you’re staying in a city. You can discover all kinds of places to visit, from unusual museums to city tours with an interesting theme.

Find the Nightlife       It’s always worth knowing where the nightlife is in any city. A lot of people like to party on weekends away, even after a long day seeing all the sights! You don’t necessarily need a list of places to go to. You can’t know for sure what somewhere will be like until you go in, but it can be best to wait until you get there. But it’s a good idea to work out where the main places to be are. If you want to visit clubs or maybe live music venues, there’s usually a certain area where you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Planning trips away is almost as much fun as actually traveling. What are your favorite parts about planning your adventures?

Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.