In my work life everything has a plan. Sometimes there are plans for plans.
Naturally, in my personal life I tend to shy away from planning opting for a less rigid lifestyle. Travelling is no exception.
I am a big fan of taking spontaneous trips. For one, they tend to be less stressful, because there isn’t the buildup, which often leads to disappointment. I am also a little impetuous, so when I decide I want to go somewhere I need to go right then.
For some the idea of last minute travel can be daunting, but the good news is that it can actually be stress-free and fun.
Here are a seven tips on to make sure your last minute trip is smooth sailing.
1. Know how far advance you need to book airfare.
If you are trying book an airline ticket online you can book domestic trips pretty much up until the last minute. With international travel you must book the day before. It doesn’t have to be a full 24-hours in advance, but must be one calendar day before your trip.
2. Book a hotel before you get to your destination.
There is some security in knowing that you have a place to stay when you arrive to your final destination. While finding a hotel once you arrive is not impossible, wondering around for hours looking for a place to stay isn’t all that fun. Many sites offer last minute deals, and mobile apps which make it easy to find hotels in the last minute.
3. Figure out directions and mode of transportation to the hotel.
Particularly, if you are flying to a city you are not as familiar with, be sure to figure out the best way to get to your lodging. If you are taking the bus or subway, it will be helpful to figure out the route beforehand, so that you can avoid looking like a clueless tourist.
4. Tell someone you are travelling.
If you are planning a last minute trip establish an “in case of an emergency contact,” and be sure to tell them beforehand. Hopefully, nothing happens, but it is always good to notify someone of the dates you are travelling and where you will be.
5. Check the weather.
The thing about last minute travel is that common sense tends to go out the window, and you are most likely to forget something like checking the weather.
6. Alert your banks.
A lot of banks will put a hold on your account if you do not let them know you are travelling – even if you are staying in the country, and just visiting a different state. Save yourself the hassle and headache and let you bank know beforehand, so there aren't any surprises when you get to your location.
7. Upgrade your data plan.
If you want to text, check email, surf the web or make phone calls you best upgrade your plan to include international roaming, otherwise, you may have an unpleasant surprise when you get your next bill.
Travel tip shared by Jenna Broughton