I spend quite a bit of time traveling during the year, and when I’m at home I like to think about places to go next. Besides planning for specific trips I make lists of important things to keep in mind. These are the some of the considerations.
The best time(s) of year to travel. I really like traveling in the spring, especially May. I don’t think I’ve been anywhere when it hasn’t rained at all, but at least in the spring the rain helps make the flowers prettier and everything greener! The autumn is a nice time too, particularly in places where it gets so hot in the summer. I always bring at least one umbrella and a poncho in order to be prepared for the weather.
Where to get currency for the place I’m going. I usually have money exchanged at my regular bank, but sometimes I’ll get some extra money – smaller denomination bills and coins – at airport currency exchange counters. I don’t use them as my main source because they aren’t always open when I’m there.
What to wear on the plane. I like layers because the temperature goes from hot to cold at any given time. And on international flights you’re usually provided with a little pillow and a blanket to keep warm.
What do I want to see? Mountains or coasts, cities or towns, lots of activity or mostly leisure time…
It’s really helpful to create one or more lists while I’m planning. Working things out in advance helps make the trip much more enjoyable!