Planning your travel vacation should start from the very moment you know the exact dates and the duration of your leave. You may even do some research beforehand, in order to see what kind of destinations you can visit by various times of year. If you want to go to the beach and swim in the ocean in the middle of the winter, you need to choose a warm destination. If you want to go skiing in August, you need to pick a mountain that allows for it.

If you don’t want to book through an agency, you should make sure you search for flights as soon as you know the dates around which you’ll travel. This is how you can find the best discounts and promotional prices. If you wait until the last minute, you may have to pay double or even triple the price to get to your destination.

Planning your travel vacation implies also finding the best accommodation that suits your budget. Wherever you may travel, you’ll find a wealth of hotels, bed and breakfasts and rooms with prices from extremely cheap to unbelievably expensive. You should know how much money you are willing to spend on average for one night of accommodation, and book your room accordingly. If you need transport from the airport to the hotel, you may want to take care of the necessary arrangements beforehand. It’s nice to know you won’t have to bother with finding a taxi at your destination to take you to the hotel.

Depending on your travel plans and on your personal preferences, you should decide upon the tours and activities you may be interested in. In case of very popular destinations and activities, you may want to book all your tours online.

When you calculate your budget, don’t forget to include all expenses you’re going to make such as food, drinks and transportation. If you intend to purchase gifts and souvenirs for your friends or family, make sure you budget for them. In case you travel abroad, make sure you know the exchange rate, so that you can avoid scams at your destination. Inform yourself at your bank about their fees and about the conditions of using ATM machines to withdraw cash while abroad.

Last but not least, get proper travel insurance
coverage, just to be on the safe side. Next, dream about your vacation and pack your bags when the time comes.