Destination To Itinerary

New adventures and travels are one of the most exciting things, but it can take a little time and research to make sure we are seeing everything and experiencing everything we want from each location. There is nothing worse than coming back from a trip and finding out that you missed something amazing. By knowing what you want to see and do you can make travel a whole lot easier and ensure that you don't miss things that you will love. If you are not really one for planning trips and tend to go with the flow then hopefully this will help you to feel inspired before travelling. However if you love planning trips then we hope you find this helpful for upcoming adventures . . . 
Location: Monaco
Location: Rome, Italy

Choosing a destination . . . 

This can be the most fun step and the hardest at the same time. Choosing somewhere to visit can be extremely hard when there were so many amazing destinations on your bucket list. 

Check out our travel bucket list: here

With a few important things to consider your choice can be made easier:
  • Hot or cold destination - this is important if you are traveling during the English winter and you want some sunshine. You would need to consider whether you are traveling to a destination within Europe or if you are traveling further for a hotter climate. 

  • Long haul or short haul - this is of course linked to the weather you will be traveling for. If you want to visit somewhere hot during our winter you would need to consider long haul destinations. 

  • Beach or city destination - you would need to consider this when planning what you are going  to do on the trip. Are you planning to sightsee and explore or relax? 

  • How long are you going for - although you may be thinking that it is a good idea to fly somewhere long haul for some hot weather, if you do not have much time to visit the destination then it may be a better idea to not travel so far. 

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Booking flights and hotels . . . 

Now that you have decided what destination you are visiting it is time to book those all important flights. Although it is exciting to finally get something booked it can be stressful making sure that you book flights for the right days, the right times and the right price

Make sure when you are booking flights you check for hotel availability in the location! 

  • You may be able to get more affordable flights if you consider having a stop

  • Try and be flexible with your flight days when you are flying during school holidays, if you can go a couple of days before or after you will be able to get a better deal

  • Look whether you would be better off booking your trip as a package or booking everything separately - it can sometimes be easier to find the right price and times if you are booking everything individually, however depending on the location you may also be able to get a good package deal 

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location: Milan, Italy

Planning an itinerary . . . 

Now that you have your flights and hotel(s) booked its time for the fun bit . . .

We find that looking at other peoples adventures, posts, pinterests and instagram helps with our inspiration of what we would like to do on the trip. This is where you will find all the different and fun activities which may be more of a local thing to do rather than something that everyone knows about. 

Planning your trip can be as detailed as you wish it to be. Whether you just wish to have ideas of what you would like to do and then you decide on the day when you will do everything. Or if you would like to pre-book activities and have a plan for certain days. 

Example: when we visited New York we decided to pre-book some of the attractions. This made sure that we was able to get tickets to everything we wanted to see as the attractions do sell out fast. Once booked we could also look at what else there was to do in that area so we were not going back on ourselves during the trip. This saved us time and allowed us to see so many more fun things, such as the friends apartment building which is located in the West Village. 
Location: Nice, France

Now there is only thing left to do . . . COUNT DOWN THE DAYS!
Location: New York, America

We would love to know how you go from destination to itinerary!

Love Chloe and Megan

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10 Travel Tips to Start your Adventure

Planning an adventure is one of the best things! The excitement of all the things you are going to see and experience can be overwhelming and the countdown can seem never-ending. You get so excited about the trip itself that you forget all the things that you will need to get done before you go. With our 10 simple travel tips you will be on your way to the perfect, stress-free adventure . . .

Our tips will help you to plan, prepare and have the best experience on your adventure . . .
1. Plan an itinerary:

This is probably one of our most important tips for your adventure. Planning an itinerary ensures that you know all the information you need to see all the best sights and have the best experiences in each location. If you already know what you want to see, you won't be going back and forth in that location to see everything. By having an itinerary you are able to pre-book any tickets that you need for attractions. This could work out cheaper and faster on the day of visiting.

We found that when visiting a large place such as New York an itinerary was essential to see everything in each location before travelling to a new area of the city.

2. Document everything:

Our blog itself is a place where we can document our travels and adventures. We also document our travels by filling photo albums and scrapbooks and spilling our thoughts into a journal. Each of these steps allows us to look back at what we have done and what we have seen and be filled with memories and experiences. By documenting everything you don't need to worry about forgetting anything and you can always have something to look back at.
3. Check events at the location you are travelling to:

This is a great tip if you want to attend a certain event or even if you want to visit the destination when nothing is happening, so you can explore at your own free will. Events at the location will affect the price of your hotel, the availability of the hotel and what you will do while visiting the destination. For example this weekend we are visiting Eindhoven while the glow festival is on. Although this is a night time event so will probably not effect the opening of any attractions during the day, it could effect the hotel price and availability. Checking events before you visit the destination can prepare you for something you want to see or do, or on the other hand let you know so you can change your travel dates.

4. Invest in a multi-use travel adapter:

This is your must have travel essential if you like to visit a variety of different places. The adapter can charge multiple devices at one time with a plug socket and two USB ports. Although it charges multiple devices at once it still charges everything at a good speed so you don't have to worry about it taking longer. But this is not just a must have travel essential because you can charge multiple devices at once it is a must have travel essential because it has adapter plugs which fit into sockets in a wide range of countries. This makes it perfect if you are travelling to a country and you don't know what adapter you need or even if you are traveling to a country that you don't plan on visiting for a while but need an adapter for another country.

5. Visas and travel health:

Visas are something that you need for only some countries. Each country that requires you to have a visa will have different application methods and requirements to allow you to enter the country. It is important that before you visit a country you check if you need a visa. Some visas can be easily applied for online where as others need to be applied for by post. As for health cards you are able to apply for a European health card online which gives you the right to healthcare when you are in another European country other than your home country.
6. Pack essential beauty products in your hand luggage:

This is not a tip which we would just recommend for long haul flights, we would recommend it for all flights. After the time it takes you to get to the airport, be at the airport, be on the flight and travel to your accommodation on the other side you will have probably had quite a long day. Therefore you want to have a few bits on you to freshen up as you travel. This could be make up products, mouth spray, deodorant or even some wash things so you don't need to search through your case when you get to the hotel. By having all your essential beauty bits on you, you can freshen up when you please and you also don't need to worry about them if your case happened to go missing.

7. Be prepared to pay city tax when checking out of hotels:

When staying in a hotel within a city you will be obliged to pay city tax upon departure depending on how many nights you stayed and how many of you stayed. The price of city tax varies depending on the city, the hotel, how many people and even the time of year. Although this is something that can not be avoided, it can be prepared for. Most hotels like city tax to be paid in cash only, so make sure you save some for check out.  

8. Download important apps:

This is a great idea if you have a lot of flights or attractions booked. By downloading the apps you can usually save your tickets or boarding passes on them so you won't need to print them out or worry about losing them. By having your boarding pass on your phone you are able to go through the security gates quicker as you don't need to get any paperwork out and at the gate they will also scan your phone.
9. Plan what you are packing:

Planning what you are packing can save you a lot of time and a lot of stress. If you have a list or plan of what you will need then packing can be simple and straight forward. You won't have to worry about forgetting things of not knowing if you have packed them. Also you will make sure you have packed enough and by having a list of plan to look back on you can always double check what you have packed before you leave. This will make for a stress free and exciting wait for your trip!

10. Pack your valuables in your hand luggage:

This is a simple yet important tip. By packing your valuables in your hand luggage you will be able to know where they are at all times which could prevent them getting lost or broken. These may not be valuable in money but if it is something that you don't want to risk losing; even if it is just a favourite swimming costume; then you should put it in your hand luggage.
We would love to hear your top tips for travelling? What would you recommend?

Love Chloe and Megan

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