Instagram as a social media platform has opened us to a world of beauty we never thought exist. To some, it has made them observe their environment and surroundings very well. And to some, it has shown them the different travel destinations that were never on their radar.
Are you the type that keeps wondering which is the best destination to go to. Here are tips that will guide you. I am using the Nigerian environment for this but you can adapt it to your own country.
Tip 1: WHEN do you want to travel?
You need to figure out the vacation duration. For families, working parents do normally take their leave when the children are on long holiday which is usually about a month. For singles, you might look at the long Sallah holiday which lasts about five days or the Easter period, or holidays that last about three days and inclusive of weekend makes it five long days.
For those that love to use their leave for vacation period, do take your leave around the periods that have many holidays. Remember your leave is counted with working days, so with holidays in between, your leave period get extended.
Tip 2: WHAT is your budget?
How much are you ready to spend? Having a budget adds a lot to the planning. Put pen to paper and breakdown your budgets into the following segments:
Transportation: Are you flying? Going by road? or sailing? DO your research for the period to determine the transport fare.
Also, do a search for transport around town. Will you use uber, or the normal taxis or even a bus? Research and do find an approximate price.
Food: Will you be eating out all day? If yes, how much are you willing or can afford daily on feeding?
Accommodation: Will you use Airbnb or hotel or hostel? Does it have complimentary breakfast included? Can you cook on your own there?
NOTE: when you are using Airbnb you will pay utility bills most of the time. It is not included in your accommodation fee. Do take notice of this.
Tip 3: WHERE do you want to go and WHEN do you want to make the trip?
This has to do with the state, town or county. Do your research and learn about what to do when you get to the town. You can find travel guides for some activities and places to visit on my blog.
Determine whether it is best to go during the rainy season or the dry season. If a waterfall is in your list, it is best to go immediately the rainy season is over so you can have a feel of the water been full and during the rainy season when it is impossible to move closer. While some waterfall is okay to visit during the early dry season.
Climate should determine what you will carry along in terms of clothes and shoes. Do not forget to check the season for when you will travel.
Tip 4: Determine Language Barriers.
Do you speak the native language? Can you communicate to pass by or you will need a translator? There are some places in Nigeria that you will need a translator, especially up north. But if you are travelling out of the country you can use apps like Duoligo or use google translator on your phone to get by.
Tip 5: Type of trip
There are different types of trips. Some go for shopping trips which is just to shop for clothes, shoes and bags. Some go on business trips, some for a conference, some for adventures, some for food, resort or road trips. Which one are you interested in? I do go on road trips most of the time. This means I do all my travels by road because I want to take in the view, be able to stop on the road to take pictures and engage with people.
What type of trip do you want to embark on? Once you have made up your mind, you can use all these tips to put together your itinerary for a trip.
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