I would like to invite my friends – 2 US nationals and 2 Indian nationals – to go to Vietnam as tourists. If you go on a long vacation, many European tourists can choose to go to Indonesia, Thailand because they do not have to apply for a visa as in Vietnam.
Also down below are our best vacation preparing tips and the steps I would take to plan your dream trip. Call it our vacation checklist if you will.
Don’t know what to consider when preparing a trip? Hopefully, this guide will save you some time, money, and your sanity!
- 1 Step 1: Determine the time and destination
- 2 Step 2: Early flight booking for your trip
- 3 Step 3: Check your passport
- 4 Step 4: Know about VISA requirements and related documents
- 5 Step 5: Prepare for changing the weather and experience local culture
- 6 Step 6: Preparing accommodation for your destination
- 7 Step 7: Accessing your money
- 8 Step 8: Purchase travel insurance (not required but necessary)
- 9 Step 9: Necessary equipment need to bring
- 10 Step 10: Confirm your flight and check-in online
Step 1: Determine the time and destination
Your first step in how to start to prepare a trip is to choose a travel destination that meets your interests and travel budget.
Free time to have a long trip must always be considered if it coincides with any important work schedule or work. In addition, when determining the time, you will quickly apply for leave, complete the task early and arrange a lot of things before making the expected trip.
You must do so to actively arrange necessary tasks such as booking a flight, hotel room or a reasonable tour. Knowing where you are going, you can search for the most appropriate time to make the trip and make a list of places to visit when you arrive.
In addition, determining the destination helps you choose the best time to arrive at the place you intend to go. For example: when there are festivals, flowers bloom, avoid bad weather…v.v.
Step 2: Early flight booking for your trip
Air tickets cost you a lot of money, especially when traveling far away. Therefore, it is necessary to regularly monitor airline websites. On the other hand, the farther a travel ticket is placed, the easier it will be to find cheap flights. You can start with Skyscanner
There are 3 main ways you can buy a cheap flight ticket in Vietnam:
- Follow promotions of airlines. This way is hard to succeed. For many reasons: The flight you want to fly is not in the promotion, the probability from the carrier is random for each computer: that is, a cheap ticket is a random thing and uncertain.
- Buy tickets at low season tourist destinations. This is the easiest way, it doesn’t have to be monitored regularly, tickets are obviously cheap because there are few people in the season.
- Buy tickets before a 3-6 month period.
There are always cheap tickets for those who plan to go out 3-6 months in advance. This is the rule of Vietnam aviation industry.
Step 3: Check your passport
One of the usual necessary documents in items to bring when traveling abroad is a passport, this pass is a necessary and sufficient condition for you to travel abroad. It is like a globally valid people’s ID card to help you set foot in any country in a valid way.
Passport is usually valid for about 5 years for adults and 3 years for children. Therefore, if you are planning to go on a business trip or travel abroad, you should do it at least half a year early to make sure the trip is not missed or too fast when you are not qualified and the documents you need.
Currently, the passport is much simpler because you can register online on the website online or near the immigration department where you live.
Do you know the visa entry requirements for your destination? Do you even need a specific visa and how do you get it?
Each country and nationality will be different, and again, don’t leave this till the last minute as it could take significant time to organize.
If you are worried about how to plan an overseas trip because of visas, you can learn more about tourist visas for all countries and passport holders at Project Visa – then double check with each relevant embassy’s website!
In addition, you need to bring your identity card and an international driving license for a safe trip.
Step 5: Prepare for changing the weather and experience local culture
Even if you do not travel in the rainy season or the cold season but suddenly it rains or becomes cold, you can still cope. A small umbrella, a small paper raincoat or a thin jacket will save you unnecessary expenses if the weather suddenly changes.
Living as a native, eating a local dish, enjoying a unique culture is an interesting thing for tourism. Look to local “pure” locations at affordable prices, you both save and bring back impressive memories.
Step 6: Preparing accommodation for your destination
Depending on the length of our trip and the destination, we have chosen and changed between accommodation styles.
If it is a long trip, longer than a week so we prefer an apartment, may be a good choice. But if it’s a short city stay, you are traveling as a couple, the hotel is more suitable.
There are also a number of other free accommodation search services as below that may be helpful to you:
- Couchsurfing: service in which the landlord allows a friend or stranger to stay at home for free. Guests can use any available space that the owner allows them to stay in, such as a chair, floor or a room. Follow this https://www.couchsurfing.com.
- House sitting: The landlord will entrust the whole house to a certain individual and see them as housekeepers. As a general agreement, the housekeeper may stay for free but in return, they will have to look after the house and the pet of the landlord (if any). Follow this https://www.housecarers.com.
- Home exchange: Home exchange means that in a specific time, you will exchange your home with a stranger from any country in the world. You will live in their home, and they live in your home. Follow this https://www.knok.com.
- Homestay: Local families allow you to stay home and rent one of the vacant rooms. Follow this https://www.homestay.com.
Step 7: Accessing your money
Surely you will not be able to travel, travel to the US but use Vietnamese money. Because they are of no use value and you need to spend extra time to convert them into the appropriate denomination of that country.
So changing cash or bringing a credit card is still in the list of items to bring when traveling abroad that you should have.
Besides changing money, do not forget to bring credit cards, this mobile wallet is the most useful payment tool in foreign countries.
However, there is a small note that you should not withdraw cash in your credit card when overseas if you do not have to pay or pay anything! Because the withdrawal fee is quite high.
Step 8: Purchase travel insurance (not required but necessary)
Although it is not a compulsory document, in the framework of the article is the items to bring when traveling abroad, you should invest for yourself a travel insurance card.
As its name implies, travel insurance is one of the “tools” that protect you from costs. Insurance companies where you pay travel insurance will incur certain costs incurred if they are in terms of insurance such as personal accidents, foreign medical assistance where you come or lose property personal, luggage.
However, make sure your travel insurance card is valid by choosing reputable insurance companies.
Step 9: Necessary equipment need to bring
These days almost everyone travels with at least a smartphone, plus other gadgets that require connection to the internet and a data plan.
In addition, some useful items include clothes, apparel, cosmetics, technology accessories, medicines, backup charger…v.v.
Step 10: Confirm your flight and check-in online
Ok, one of our last tips for traveling is to confirm your flight times!
On a previous overseas trip, we missed an important flight from Vietnam to Sydney once because we had it in our head that our flight departed five hours later than it actually did. Whilst we were sitting in a bar in the city the plane flew over our heads.
So, the day before departure, confirm your flight times and your transport to the airport.
And check-in online! Trust me, it’s no fun running through an airport with two young kids in toe because you are late arriving for check-in. To take the stress and hassle out of this, when possible we always check-in online.
That’s it! These are all things you need to know to prepare for a perfect trip.
Wish you have a fun and wonderful experience in the upcoming trips! ^^