When you’re someone that loves to travel, it’s safe to say that you also have to be hot with the planning side of things. Sure, in an ideal world, you’d be able to decide where you want to go, and then head right out on the trip next day. Because spontaneous travel can be a lot of fun. But it’s just not that practical. When you have a job or a family, these things need to be planning in, well in advance. And to a lot of people, that can be overwhelming. Trying to coordinate things can be tough. However, planning is one of the best ways to actually make sure that you get all of this done. And now that we’re reaching the end of the year, it’s definitely time to start thinking about where you might like to go in the next twelve months, if you haven’t already.

If you think that planning travel year-by-year seems intense, we’re going to break that down for you. Because it’s actually a really great way for you to make sure that you fit in the travel that you’d love to do, but without getting stressed out about it. You are giving yourself enough time and you’re able to look at your plans objectively, without being too close to the timeframe in question (well, apart from January’s plans, that is). So let’s take a look at how you can get ahead with your travel planning for the next twelve months, before this year is over.

Take Your Time

First of all, you need to make sure that you’re taking your time with this. Don’t rush. Because you don’t want to overplan, or plan in the wrong things, or just underestimate a thing. So give yourself a few free hours, or even a few days, to think about this.

See The Year As A Whole

The best way to get started with all of this, is to actually see the year as a whole. Because if you can look at the next twelve months in front of you in a big calendar, it’s easy to mark out time, and see what you have going on throughout the year.

Consider Your Budget

Then, you’re going to want to factor in the funds that you have. Because this can really dictate when you go, where you go, and how many trips you plan. You might want to just think about this loosely for now, and then commit to a more formal travel budget as you’re booking in each trip. But make sure that you have a topline view of what you can afford as you’re thinking about what to plan in.

Know When You Can Travel

Then, you’re going to want to be fully aware of when you can travel throughout the year. Maybe you have a free diary? But maybe you know that you cannot get time off of work during set periods? Where you can, think about the times that would be best to travel for you this year. Then, you can factor in where’s best to travel when around the globe, so that you can match up the best trips with the time you have available.

Mark Out Key Events

Next, you’re going to want to think about marking out any events that you have going on. Baby’s first birthday? Put it down. Big party plans? Work trip? Moving? Anything that you think will impact the year (and mean you cannot travel during that time) is important here. Because you definitely don’t want to double-book yourself. This is the best way to eliminate occasions and give you the best possible times to travel.

Consider Different Kinds Of Trips

But then also, to try and spice things up a little bit, you might want to think about the different trips that you could go on too. If you know that you tend to stick to the same kinds of travel, then you might want to shake that up. There are so many different types of travel, so explore that idea first before you firm up any kind of plans.

Prioritise Plans

Then, from here, you’re going to want to make sure that you are focusing on the plans that you actually want to make and not necessarily just the trip. So you might be wondering where to go and what to do when on holiday in the USA and this is where the research part comes in. You’ll want to make sure that you’re actually exploring and enjoying your trip. That you plan to see the right sights or visit the right places. So make this part a priority.

Start At The Top

As you’re starting to formally book things in, always begin with the top of the year. This is to save you stress. Because you do not want to focus on something that will be a year away, then get to January and be frantically trying to book everything in last minute.

Book One At A Time

At the same time, make sure that you’re booking one by one. Don’t try to tackle multiple trips at once. This could be a coordination nightmare. You might get confused with dates and locations and things to do. And, you may also then realise that you don’t have the budget either!

Leave Slots Open

And then finally, you may actually find that it’s easy to leave a few slots open for your travel too. Maybe you know that you want to go away over a weekend in August, or for a week in June, but you don’t overly know where because you want to go more research – then mark that out. Sometimes, you’ll know where you want to go, but you won’t want to book in a rush. Pencil it in, set the budget, and then you can research as you enter into the new year, and you’ll be able to manage the admin of it all a lot better.