Stop Dreaming and Plan Your 2017 Travel Adventure

We do this all the time don’t we? We tell ourselves that we are going to travel more next year, and we’re going to plan that ‘one trip’, the one we’ve always talked about taking. As fast as that great idea is in our head, it’s nearly summer and we haven’t even planned what’s for dinner yet. Alas, life moves on and completely leaves us behind. There are lots of reasons why people never get around to taking that ‘one trip’: lack of money, bad planning, anxiety, no one to go with, etc. Today I challenge you to take one international trip this year. Here are 5 tips to stop dreaming and plan your 2017 travel adventure now!

Stop Dreaming and Plan Your 2017 Travel Adventure

Go Somewhere Less Popular and Cheaper

London and Paris are both wonderful cities, but you may be breaking the bank a little more than you want to. Since money can cause a huge amount of stress, for your trip in 2017, I’d recommend opting for a less popular and cheaper city to travel to (these two things usually go hand in hand). Recently I booked a trip to Copenhagen, and turns out it is the 9th most expensive European city to live in. I hadn’t really thought that through, considering I’d just gotten back from the 66th and 70th most expensive places to live in Europe. I think I am in for a little money shock in a few months! Start small and work your way to more expensive cities. Here is a list of European cities from most to least expensive.

Sign Up for Price Alerts

Now that you’ve picked a few cities that are cheaper than the average, sign up for price alerts on your favorite travel sites. I would recommend having two or three places picked out so you can keep track of the market. Price alerts are so freaking handy. My favorite are Google Flights’ price alerts, and I highly recommend signing up for price alerts through them. Their emails are clear and concise, and often, but not too often. Using Hopper to check pricing trends and the cheapest months to travel is also a good idea. I covered how to do all of this in 5 Steps to Researching Your Way to Cheaper Airfare.

Stop Dreaming and Plan Your 2017 Travel Adventure

Ask For Time Off Now

One of the biggest excuses for people to not travel, is because they fear they won’t be able to get the time off work, or worse, they don’t want to take the time off work. I am about to drop some knowledge on all you millennials. Taking time off work for a vacation, actually makes you more productive at work. Now that we have that out of the way… Ask for time off as soon as possible! It doesn’t mean you have to know where you’re going yet. Once you’ve established a good date based on your price alerts and hopper, go ahead and ask for it off.

Set a Budget and Rethink Your Smaller Purchases

Setting a budget is something I usually struggle with myself. To be honest, this is something we should be doing every time we plan a vacation. Set a budget and stick to it! I like using the Expatistan website to get an idea of the price of things in the country I’ve visiting, and what I should be budgeting for. Also, doing a search on Trip Advisor for pricing can also bring up a lot of forums about people’s spending experiences. After you’ve set your budget, try rethinking your smaller daily purchases up until your travel dates. For instance, instead of buying Starbucks Monday through Friday, bring coffee from home instead. Also think about clothing purchases as those can add up really fast.

Stop Dreaming and Plan Your 2017 Travel Adventure

Research and Plan

The fun part! Well, not for everyone. If you really hate researching and planning, then check out Trip Planner where I do the work for you. Having plans while traveling can be a really good thing. You should definitely do a little research on the country you are visiting before you leave, as to not make any blunders with the law. I’d also recommend researching the language a little and knowing the basics to get you by. Search the ‘main sites’ to see, and form a blueprint of what your travel days and sightseeing days will look like before you go. This will keep you from any last minute uncertainty and stress. Leave a day or two for some spontaneity, and you are good to go!

I challenge you to get on that vacation planning now! Traveling internationally is on of the best gifts you can give yourself this year, and we all deserve it, no matter where we are in life. So stop the dreaming and start planning now. You can plan your 2017 trip easily and seamlessly by following the steps I’ve listed above.

Remember, this is a challenge (even if I am the only one participating and keeping score), so I want to hear from you! Where are you going to go this year?

56 Comments

  • 5 months ago

    These are all such great tips! I don’t travel often, so these were incredibly helpful for me. I honestly wouldn’t have thought about visiting somewhere that’s less popular because we always tend to gravitate to those that are, but when on a budget, this makes sense and I think makes for a more unique experience and story telling 🙂 I have to make note of Google Price Alerts, I had no idea about this, this is amazing! I have family who travel often who I’ll be sharing this with, so thanks for mentioning. Again, this is such a helpful post and I appreciate you sharing your insight and suggestions with us. I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Yes! I honestly think Prague is one of the best choices. It is the Paris of Eastern Europe but soooo cheap. Good food, amazing beer, beautiful buildings and architecture, etc. Google Price alerts are so good! Glad you’ll be sharing all this, as nothing makes me more happy than people sharing my tips. I love helping people navigate the tourism world! 🙂

  • 5 months ago

    Ah I’m definitely keeping your tips in mind. I would love to visit Greece or Italy this year and while I know it’s quite popular, it’s still close enough not to spend a fortune. The only problem when you’re a freelancer is that planning ahead is tough x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Ahh that makes sense! I imagine as a freelance it is hard to plan ahead. Greece would be lovely though!

  • 5 months ago

    i did a very similar post recently!!! love your tips specially traveling to a cheaper place, makes so much sense!!!
    http://www.thestyletune.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Thank you! Glad you stopped by! I will check out your post right now. 🙂

  • 5 months ago

    Lovely post Emily! I agree 100% with you most people (especially Americans) stall so much when it comes to traveling and even more so when it’s an international trip.. There is MUCH more to life than working 😉

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    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Yesss!! Exactly. There should be more to life than just working. I think I am the only person on my team at work who uses like ALL their vacation days haha. I am not scared to have a good vacation. 😉

  • 5 months ago

    Love that there is a photo of St. Vitus =o)

    Just started planning my 2017 adventures and I can’t wait to see what else the year has in store =o) Thanks for sharing!

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      St. Vitus is soooo beautiful! I have so many photos of it haha. Cheers to planning 2017 adventures!!

  • Emily
    5 months ago

    We’ve been dreaming of doing Australia/New Zealand in 2018 and I’m very doubting if we’ve got the resources and whenever it’s actually a reality so your post has really inspired me to pull my finger out!

    Musings & More

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Yay! So glad to hear that. Australia and New Zealand are soooo expensive, as far as flights go. That’s the main reason I haven’t been yet, and they will probably be some of the last countries I visit in my lifetime haha. I’d love to do a Lord of the Rings tour! ;p

  • 5 months ago

    We’ll be travelling within Canada and only to nearby cities for this year because most of our money will go into building our dream home. Maybe next year we’ll get the opportunity to do more travelling. 🙂

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      pAh that’s right! I remember you saying that in one of my last posts. Well, hopefully I can just provide some wanderlust vibes for you then this year haha. 😉

  • 5 months ago

    Love that you posted this! I had been ‘planning’ to visit Europe for years and it wasn’t until I finally decided last January to just BUY the tickets and request the time off that we actually made it over to England. It was worth the money and time off for sure! Happy New Year!

    xx

    Lauren
    Blame it on Barneys
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    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Yay! That’s awesome, and I am glad you could relate to this post haha. Last month I just crazily bough some tickets to Copenhagen, with out even flinching. It sort of scare me for a second, but I just had to do it or else I never would. Sometimes just impulsively doing something is the best way. 🙂

  • 5 months ago

    These are all such great tips, Emily! Google Flights is my not-so-secret weapon. In fact, after tracking flight prices I’ve been debating booking a mid-year Copenhagen trip as well, so I can’t wait to read about your trip. I hope your year is off to a great start!

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Haha I knew I liked you! Ummm you should just go with me! I don’t really want to go alone and I’ve been trying to find people who want to go haha. But yes, Copenhagen is typically very cheap this time of year. Can’t wait!

  • 5 months ago

    There are all good tips, Emily! I personally spent all of 2015 saving up, then bought discounted plane tickets at the later part of it. Started asking for the vacation leaves in early 2016 and just DIYed everything so it’ll be cheaper.

    xx, Richel V. | Richel Goes Places

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      That’s such a good idea Richel! I definitely could use a ‘catch up’ year of saving where I don’t travel. I could accomplish so much! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • 5 months ago

    I’m always dreaming of places to visit. This morning I spent a good part of it creating a dream travel list for the year. Starting with Hawaii hehehehe. While Hawaii may or may not pan out, I do have Europe in the works mid this year, though I still need to work or when to go, I’m waiting to hear back from cousins and friends! I’ve also recently heard about Hopper and been obsessed with creating flight notifications looool

    Sxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Same here Sonia. I make up trips in my head all the time. I have so many notepads of ideas too haha. Where are you going in Europe?? That sounds so fun! I’ve been to Hawaii and it’s amazing. There are a few islands to choose from depending on what you like to do as well. Hope it all pans out for you!! I’d love to hear about some of your adventures this year. 🙂

  • Jenn
    5 months ago

    I just started in my new workplace today and I am already thinking of traveling. haha! But yes, there may be a lot of restrictions in this new job but I will make it work! Thanks for the travel tips! 🙂

    Jenn
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    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Happy first day!! So exciting! That is the worst though when you have to wait to take vacation time. Luckily I’ve been with my company long enough to where I get the max amount of days starting in March. Woot!

  • 5 months ago

    Setting a budget is so important for trip planning. Not only should you have a budget for flights but also for accommodations, food, drinks, doing stuff, and anything you want to buy. I absolutely love planning vacations. Another great tip, if your going somewhere where GroupOn is available, take a peak at the groupon’s where you’re going and there might be a cheaper way to do something!!

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    • Emily
      5 months ago

      I totally agree! I am so bad at it too haha. Groupon is SUCH a good idea!!

  • 5 months ago

    My new year’s resolution is to travel more, so I loved this post! Thanks for sharing!

    Xx,

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    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Thank you! The best new years resolution one can make! I did the same thing years ago and it rekindled my love for traveling. 🙂

  • 5 months ago

    This post is excellent! Travel is the best thing ever and everyone should be doing it if they can!
    http://www.yasminanicole.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Thanks Yasmin! Glad you liked it. 🙂

  • 5 months ago

    Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂 cool travel tips!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Thank you Camille!

  • 5 months ago

    Great post! Your blog is so refreshing. Really interesting stuff 🙂

    Emma | Fashion Photographer and Model | https://emmanmh.com/

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Thank you so much Emma!!

  • 5 months ago

    Ooh Copenhagen sounds like it’ll be such a rad trip! And I’m glad you posted this, as I think it’s what I need to get another trip on the calendar. I love traveling, and am comfortable traveling alone, but sometimes I think I get too lost in planning the perfect thing… I need to just do it! I’d love to get back to London and Amsterdam some day, but Dublin, Copenhagen, and a trip to Iceland are new places that are on my travel list. Thank you for all these tips, lady!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Woot! Do it Kathryn! I never regret when I spend my hard earned money on trips. They are such a great investment! And I am very much looking forward to Copenhagen. The prices are great right now! Check out WOW Air too for some amaaaaazing deals. 🙂

  • 5 months ago

    I love all of these tips! One thing I would add under budgeting is to put away a certain amount of money for your trip every month. Just so you know not to spend it and it’s dedicated to your vacation!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Yes! Great tip, and I totally need to start doing that. I usually just give up shopping three months or so before I leave haha. 🙂

  • Kay
    5 months ago

    In all honesty, the only thing that stops me from travelling more are financial restrictions, and I think that a lot of people feel the same way. Travelling is amazing, but also very expensive, although like you said there are steps we can take to make our holidays a little cheaper. 🙂 Whenever we go on holidays, it burns a hole in a pocket for months! D: We only have one holiday planned for this year and likely will only manage that one, although it’s one that I’m looking forward to so much – a week in Portugal, on the coast of Algarve! 🙂 So excited I can’t even begin! xoxo

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      I totally understand Kay! And you’re right, I too think a lot of people feel the same way. I would love to do a comprehensive list of the best deals and how to travel on a budget, but I find a lot of those posts are a little unrealistic. The truth is (which I am sure you know), it DOES cost money to travel. There are many ways to save, but if you’re not traveling solo it can add up really quickly. I haven’t quite figured out a realistic way to approach the financial topic yet, as I don’t want it to be out of reach. You make some really good points here! Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  • 5 months ago

    Amazing post and tips on getting into action my dear Emily! Your tips are always on point and I love reading them! I am exactly on the same mindset, I always dreamt of relocating to a specific place and country and I recently felt that it is now or never, and enough with dreaming! I donut and rented a beautiful house in less than 2 days and relocating in 10 days from now! I wish 2017 will be the best and most adventurous year for you so far! Wishing you all the best for the new year!
    Love,
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Aw thank you Stella! That makes me so happy! I am always dreamed of relocating too. Can you please take me with??? I am so jealous of your new adventure! Have fun and keep us updated on your move. I’d love to read your experiences!

  • 5 months ago

    Agree with this post, need to make researching and planning before the travel begin, nice sharing dear 🙂

    – Lily Kanaya
    http://www.Glowlicious.Me

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      You’re welcome! Glad you liked it.

  • 5 months ago

    Love the layout of your blog and how informative your posts are. I’ll admit I’m still stuck dreaming about 2017 adventures… this article inspired me to take action soon!!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

    • Emily
      5 months ago

      Thanks so much Amy! I appreciate the kind words and I am glad you like it. Cheers to some 2017 adventures! 😉

  • 5 months ago

    Your site layout is so clean and beautiful, and your content is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Thank you Caitlin! I am so glad you like it!!

  • 5 months ago

    No where cheaper than traveling Southeast Asia! I recently went to Indonesia and saw the most bizarre volcanoes and bluest beaches in my life! You may want to check that out here (maleemaleehong.com/mount-bromo) !!

    xx Margaret
    http://www.maleemaleehong.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Yes it is super cheap! I’ll definitely check it out Margaret. Thank you!

  • 4 months ago

    Emily, I can’t find the right words to express how these things are so true! As I am reading this, it made me realized many important things. Traveling requires one step at a time and I will definitely go by your tips. Thank you, a lot!

    engineerxeph.com

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Aw that’s so great to hear!! I wish you lots of travels this year! 🙂

  • 4 months ago

    Yes! I need to start planning my travel for this year!

    District of Chic

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Yassss! Happy Travels!

  • 4 months ago

    Totally agree! Planning is a key factor in traveling.

    • Emily
      4 months ago

      Yes! Thanks for stopping by!

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