Top Tips To Plan A Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip
Even if you travel a lot, you can still have that one trip of a lifetime. Everyone has a destination that they have always wanted to visit, or just has a desire to go on an unforgettable trip that’s bigger and better than anything else they have done. Some trips just can’t be recreated, whereas there are other things you can do again and again. If you want to go on that once-in-a-lifetime trip, you only have one chance at planning it. You don’t want to build up your hopes and be let down, so it’s essential to plan with care.
Choose Your Destination Carefully
Where you decide to go on your trip of a lifetime is obviously one of the most important things to consider. For some people, the perfect trip is one where they get to visit a number of different places. Other people would much rather choose one destination and explore it in-depth, instead of hopping between places. When you’re thinking about where you want to go, make sure you do plenty of research. Don’t just go somewhere that everyone tells you to visit. Think about what sort of things you want to experience and the best places to go to find what you’re looking for.
Take the Right People
One thing that could ruin your trip is going with the wrong people. It’s essential to consider who you want to go with you, and to carefully consider your answer to anyone who asks if they can come. Is it a good idea to take the trip with someone you have just started a relationship with? Do the people you’re planning to go with have a similar travel style to you? Some trips might be best for you to take on your own, while others are the type of trip that you might take with friends or family.
Do Plenty of Research
Wherever you choose to go and whoever you go with, you should make sure that you research everything relating to your trip. From choosing where to go to deciding what to do and where to stay, it’s a good idea to educate yourself before you make any decisions. You can separate the good from the bad and get different people’s opinions by looking at reviews, articles and other resources. You should also research prices and you might even want to consider things like how to make your trip more ethical or eco-friendly so that you can plan every detail properly.
Use a Travel Advisor or Planner
When you’re planning a trip you won’t ever forget, you might not want to do it on your own. With expert help, you can discover some new ideas that you might never have thought of on your own. A travel planner or advisor can give you advice or even completely plan your trip for you. One of the best things to do is to find someone who is very familiar with the destination you have chosen. They should know everything from the popular things to do to the hidden gems. Most importantly, they should take your tastes into account to design a trip just for you.
Seek Out Unique Experiences
Many people have typical travel experiences that they want to put on their bucket list. Maybe you want to see the Northern Lights or go on an African safari. However, if you really want to enjoy an unforgettable trip, don’t just do what everyone else does. Even if you do want to do some of the most popular things, you can find your own way to do it. By seeking out unique experiences, you can make sure that you have some special memories and have a trip that you can never repeat in the same way.
Allow Yourself Some Luxuries
If you’re going to have the trip of a lifetime, it’s worth splashing out and treating yourself to a few luxuries. Think about the things that you’re sure to enjoy least and how you can improve them. If you don’t like waiting around in airports, booking a private jet charter flight could be the right choice for you instead. If you want to enjoy the outdoors but you find sleeping in a tent uncomfortable, look for a luxury campsite with yurts or something similar. Even if people say that there’s one authentic way to do something, you can still treat yourself to something a bit more special.
Don’t Plan Everything
An amazing trip definitely requires some planning, but that doesn’t mean that you have to plan everything. The most unforgettable experiences can often be ones that you don’t plan on having. Planning your trip down to the last second won’t give you much time to make any decisions at the last minute. You never know when an interesting opportunity might arise or you might get a tip from someone that you want to pursue.
Spend Your Time in the Moment
When you’re on your trip, plan to spend your time actually enjoying it, and not trying to document it so that you can enjoy it later. It’s a good idea to take a camera and perhaps a journal to write in, but the most important thing is that you live in the moment. Plan your trip so that it’s full of experiences that capture your attention and make you want to enjoy it right there and then.
Get Organized Before You Go
You don’t want to have your once-in-a-lifetime trip ruined by something that you could have avoided. Not having your visa sorted out or finding yourself without somewhere to stay could ruin your trip, but it’s the sort of problem that you can prevent by being organized and planning the important things before you leave. It’s important to know what you need to plan, and what you could leave until you’re actually on your trip. Some things need to be in place before you go.
If you want to plan a special trip that you’ll never forget, it pays to spend time researching and thinking about your perfect trip.
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These are great tips for planning a once in a life time trip! I agree, research everything fully but leave time to experience the unexpected!
Yes, sometimes the spontaneous activity turns out to be the best!
Great tips. Especially the “Don’t Plan Everything!” We are planners. But it causes stress sometimes. When we just let go and stop planning, we have more fun!!
That’s my favorite tip also Shannon!
I appreciate your tip on taking the right people. That could make or break a great vacation.
I once had a terrible experience when a knock down drag out fight erupted between two travel mates. I’ll never travel with them again!!
They seem like common sense tips but it’s so easy to get wrapped up and bogged down in the details. This is a great list and a lovely reminder to stay on track, organize and then actually relax, be in the moment and enjoy!
Thanks, Jen. You have some great insight as well!
Great tips! I’m such a planner that I definitely have that part down. I’m hesitant to let others do any portion of the planning for me, so it would be hard to hire someone. But if it’s a once in a lifetime trip that I didn’t feel like I had a good grasp on things to do, then I’d surely do that.
When I travel with my oldest daughter, I hand everything over to her. She’s a great planner and all I have to do is show up. It’s quite refreshing!
Totally agree about taking the right people!
Agreed! I witnessed a fight between two travel mates one time and it was awful!
Such great tips…especially love scheduling in some unplanned time and making sure you travel with the right partner – that can definitely make or break the experience!
You’re so right! Spontaneity can be a great thing!
Thank you for sharing your top tips to plan once in a lifetime trip! Taking the right people plays a huge part in the experience for sure!
I like planning trips, but I think on a once in a lifetime trip, it might be good to use the expertise of a travel planner. Thanks for the tips!
My trip to Africa to summit Kilimanjaro was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I left all the planning, with the exception of my flights, to my trekking company. Best. Decision. Ever!
Great tips! Taking the right people and planning some down time are key for me. I never use to plan down time and it made for very cranky travelers. LOL.
Cranky travelers are the worst! 🙂
Had to laugh at “Take the right people.” This is so true. There are certain things I do with just my girls, because I know my hubby would not enjoy them!!
The right people are so important, for so many reasons! 🙂
Great tips, and I am definitely going to use them. I am currently trying to plan a monster of a trip to South East Asia starting in July, and I am feeling totally overwhelmed. I do have to remember not to plan every second of every day! 😉
Oh Vessy, you’re going to have a grand time on your July trip! Have fun!!
So many helpful tips. Great blog post.
I love your tip about not planning everything. When we went to Hawaii we had so much stuff planned. We ended up cutting out a ton of it just to relax by the pool and beach and it ended up being the best decision ever!
Thanks Amanda. Relaxing by the pool in Hawaii sounds amazing!!