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Things to Do Before You Travel

Use these 4 planning essentials for smart travel

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste the experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

What are the key aspects of a well-executed travel plan?

Well, hotel accommodations and cheap airfares might seem like the two pivotal pieces to make it happen. But that is where most prospective travelers are wrong. The truth is, a well-executed travel is hinged on having a good travel plan. Hotel accommodations, airfares and a good plan would make up the travel trifecta that would make for a well-thought of sojourn—all three of which are essential to a seamless and hassle-free holiday.

Plan your things to do before travel
Packing your suitcases is usually one of the last things to do before travel -
your planning should start sooner, for a smart travel approach.

Planning things to do before travel

However, do know that nailing these down would only touch the initial phase of your travel and would mark only the beginning of the planning process. Achieving a smooth and hassle-free trip takes more than just knowing where to stay, which airplane to take and where to go. Regardless of whether you are simply going for a quick getaway, or are taking an extended holiday, there are things to do before travel to be care-free and enjoyable.

It is essential to research various activities to do at your destination, plan managing your finances and know who would be in charge at home and at work while you are away. If you are going to the Philippines, to larger destinations such as Pampanga province, on a holiday or a quick trip, good planning will help you find the best places of interest and enjoy your trip more.

In any case, you should never leave home without these 4 planning essentials to be accomplished first:

1. Contact a house sitter

Before leaving for your vacation, make sure that you have a contact to house sit for you while you are away. Make sure that this is a person that is not only trustworthy, but also responsible enough to ensure that things are all in order while you are away. Once you have a date in mind, contact them immediately and ask if they are available.

If you have a pet, contact your pet kennel and ask if they can take care of your fur friends on the dates you are scheduled out of town. Be sure to reserve ahead of time as your local kennel might be full. Alternatively, you can just ask the house sitter to take care of your pets for you as well.

2. Take care of “stop” orders and advance payments

After you have booked your travel date, make sure you contact any recurring deliveries and services and stop them for the meantime. These would include newspapers, housecleaners and postal mail. However, if you wish for such services to continue, pay them in advance—even if this is not your typical arrangement. Make sure you give them prior notice at least a week before you are scheduled to leave.

3. Manage your cash flow

If you are travelling to remote places, there will be a likely chance that there would not be any ATM machines around. Furthermore, the chances of establishments accepting credit card payments is rather slim, so you might want to hit the bank before leaving to ensure you would not be short on cash. Apart from ensuring you have enough, this would also allow you to save on hefty ATM fees at machines that are operated other than your own bank.

However, if you are travelling overseas, be sure to notify your bank beforehand so that they would not see any overseas credit card charges as spurious or unauthorized. See more money tips when travelling.

An attractive holiday spot in the Philippines
The Philippines are a popular holiday destination in Asia, that's attractive to holidaymakers
the year around as a tropical island destination.

4. Plan your first day

Most travelers—even seasoned ones—often do not have any plans made for the first day of their trip. Instead, they see this as that one day to acclimatize themselves to unfamiliar surroundings. However, if you are going on an abbreviated trip, you might wish to get cracking and have something to do on your first day.

For example, when you visit the different Pampanga tourist spots, you will find a whole variety of things to do, from leisure to adventure and exploration. So if you plan your trip to Alviera well, you will have a rich and memorable holiday experience in the Philippines.

After hauling yourself to your lodging accommodation, walk around and survey the places nearby. Get yourself oriented and shake off the jet lag and travel fatigue. If you are staying in a hotel, you might want to use this time to check out the amenities as there is a likely chance you would miss it in the flurry of activities you will have in the next following days.

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