The Best Tips to Plan a Trip

How to plan a perfect trip

The Best Tips to Plan a Trip

Personally, I love daydreaming about my trip around the world. Visiting new places (or familiar ones) is something I would love to do most of the time.

However, planning a trip can be extremely stressful – even if you are used to plan trips, it sometimes is quite tiring to do so.

Here are my 10 tips how to plan a trip and have great holidays without all the hustle.

Planning a trip

1) Decide on your Budget

Most of us have to budget when traveling. So, unless you don’t, be aware of your budget. The reason why I mention it first is because the budget is important when it comes to planning a trip.

If you live in the US and have about $800, a trip to Switzerland would not be the best choice. So, knowing your budget and sticking to it, is important.

It doesn’t help to find a destination that is totally expensive and you get overly excited…and later notice that your budget isn’t high enough.

2) When to Travel and Picking a Destination

If you are  flexible and don’t have to stick to schedules or holidays (as a teacher, I am and it can be frustrating) then you should pick a time that isn’t the most expensive to travel to.

For example, around Christmas and New Year´s Eve tends to be expensive – regardless of the destination.

July and August is more expensive and busy in many European destinations e.g. – so if you are flexible try to book your trip in May or September instead (so definitely check out if there are big events at the time).

Check if there are any events that you are NOT interested at. Those events (fashion weeks, or music events) make the destinations even busier and more expensive. So, this way you can also find places you can cross off your list.

How to find a great destination? If you have been dreaming about certain places to visit – visit them. If you aren’t sure, then stroll the Instagram feed, or check Pinterest and Google and list all possible ideas. Check out the pros and cons for the time of your visit and reduce the options until you have found one.

If you have a tight budget make sure to also check prices for food and tours (and not only flights and hotels) to see if it is worth the money.

Also, read about basic do´s and don´ts – so don’t experience any negative surprises when you arrive at the destination. A basic research should be done before booking taking the next steps.

3) Book Flights / Train etc.

If you go oversea, book the flights first. Once you have the exact times and the flight dates confirmed, you can start with the next steps of travel planning.

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4) Book Accommodation

Booking hotels is the next step. Now, that you have your exact dates and are well aware about your budget you can check what kind of accommodation you can afford.

But it is not only about the category of the hotel. Also check the location of it, services, etc.

5) Plan Itinerary / Do More Intense Research

If you go on a weekend trip, I recommend making an itinerary and book trips in advance. Find out about the places that you want to visit very badly and activities you want to do the most. What restaurants do you want to visit?

If you got on a trip for more than five or six tips, my tip is to make an itinerary but to give yourself some time for spontaneous activities or time to relax. Okay, if you plan to just spend your time at the beach, you will have enough relaxation time, but if you do a city trip, then don’t underestimate how tiring it can be. Weather can be bad and you can´t do a picnic in the park as planned – if you have some free-time you can always plan a bit around and are eventually less stressed.

So be realistic and don’t too ambitious.

6) Pack Smart

Make sure to pack smart – pack what you need and leave at home what you don’t need. Click here to find my perfect carry-on packing list.


I hope, this post helps you to plan your next trip! Safe travels.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Privacy Versus Transparency As A Blogger

Transparency vs Privacy as a Blogger

Privacy Versus Transparency as a Blogger

Privacy Versus Transparency as A Blogger
Privacy Versus Transparency As A Blogger

To some people, it might seem weird that I, a blogger, worry about my privacy.  People often assume that bloggers are willing to give up all privacy and that we are okay revealing everything to our readers and followers.

Is it really only privacy versus transparency as a blogger?

I am struggling with the idea of privacy. Before I started blogging, my Facebook account was private and I rarely posted pictures on Facebook or other social media platforms. I loved sharing my thoughts about travel destinations and my experiences and impressions in general but wouldn’t publish anything under my name.

Now that I blog, my hesitation has obviously changed. However, sometimes I still wonder, “How private can I be as a blogger?”.

I share a lot of information on my social media accounts and on my blog, but I try to keep some personal information private.

  • I tell my readers and followers about my job as a teacher, but I don’t divulge where I work.

  • I write about my hobbies and things I like and dislike but keep sensitive data to myself.

  • I share pictures of my dog with whom I sometimes travel, but not pictures of my family or friends (unless they would insist I do so).

  • I share information about places I’ve been, but I’m careful not to share my exact location in real-time, as I don’t want the world knowing where I am at any given moment.

I assume people prefer to know more information about the person behind the articles they’re reading. However, as a blogger, I hesitate to share a lot of personal information.  On occasion, I enjoy learning a bit about other bloggers If I really like them.  But most times, when I’m reading a travel article, I want to read about a destination or a review of something or some place.  I don’t need to see tons of pictures of the blogger.

I reckon some private information is okay, but when it becomes more about the bloggers, themselves, instead of the topic, I’m more likely to not return to their blog.  The quandary is, if I don’t know anything about the blogger, how can I know if I share his or her passions and interests, to be able to rely on their opinions?

So, my questions are: How much privacy is okay? Where do you draw the line? 

“Privacy Versus Transparency as a Blogger”

I would love to learn what you think about your privacy as a blogger? How much information is necessary to keep the readers interested in you and your blog?

I am also interested to hear what my readers who do not blog think about the privacy of a blogger?

Join the discussion and leave a comment.

Privacy Versus Transparency a a Blogger. How private can you be?
Privacy Versus Transparency as a Blogger. How private can you be?

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