When it comes to traveling – especially if it’s somewhere you’ve never been before and it’s likely a bigger trip that you’re going to do only once or twice, you should know that proper planning is key to making a success out of it.
However, planning your trip can get quite overwhelming because you don’t always know where to start, and sometimes just the thought of even getting started with planning, if you don’t actually know where to look, can be enough to put you off.
The thing is, though: if you want to make the most out of your trip to Africa, then you’ll need to have some kind of plan, because it’s an extremely large and diverse continent with so much to see and do.
So, to help make it a little bit easier for you to get started on the planning side of things, here are a few tips for planning your travel itinerary for visiting Africa.
Decide what planning tools you’ll use:
The great thing about planning is, there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Whilst some people prefer digital tools like Google calendar, or a task management tool like Trello, others prefer a whiteboard and sticky notes, or even a simple pen and paper.
When it comes to planning, you just have to decide on the tools you’re going to use based on what works for you, and not what you think you should be using or, what will keep you most organized.
Decide your travel time frame:
Ideally, it would be great if you could just travel with no deadline on when you have to return, and could take your time strolling around from place to place, but the reality for most people in the world is not like that, and you’re going to be restricted in terms of how long you can actually spend on this trip.
So, getting clear on things like how long you have for the trip in total, including the days you’ll spend flying there, and then also the time of year when you have the time to take the trip will really help with the planning side of things.
Make a wish-list:
Of course, when you visit a continent like Africa, the last thing you’re likely planning on doing is hanging around beside a resort pool all day, drinking cocktails. You’ll want to see a lot of the things that the place has to offer, and depending on the country you’re visiting, this will always be different. If you’re not sure what there is to see or do in that country, take a look online at places like africaodyssey.com to see what kinds of things are suggested, and then make a wish list for your trip.
Research is always a good idea no matter where you’re traveling to, and this doesn’t mean you need to know every little detail, but checking out things like local customs, where to change money, what the climate is like, and what the local cuisine is like are good things to check before you land.