Whether you want to swim with sharks in South Africa, laze away the days on white sand beaches in Thailand or hike the Inca Trail in Peru, there’s never been a better time to book a life-changing trip.
1) Find a good travel agent
2) Weigh up the pros and cons
Once you have quotes from all the agencies you’ve visited, weigh up the pros and cons and ask yourself these questions:
* Is this a reputable agency?
* How much do they charge to change flights
Once you have decided on a company to go with, tell them about the different quotes you’ve been offered. You never know they might be able to cut you a deal! This is also the time to ask all those niggling questions – however silly you may think they are!
3) Do your research
TOP TIP: When you are finalising the details of your trip, allow yourself a day or two to do some research. Go to the library and get out the most recent edition of the Lonely Planet and read up on the places you’re visiting. You might find there’s more to do than you’d originally thought – or, perhaps not enough.
4. Buy a calendar
Make a list of what you want to do in each place, jotting down how long you think you’ll need to stay. Buy a diary and pencil in the dates – this will give you a clearer view of how much time you have.
5. Talk to other travellers
Whether it’s Twitter or Facebookk or the Lonely Planet forum, it’s important to speak to people who have done similar routes. You’ll be able to work out budgets, time schedules and ask as many questions as you like.
6. Book your trip!
When you’re happy, go back to the travel agent and start booking those flights. If you are covering vast areas of land – such as South America, it might be worth considering internal flights as this will save you time and money in the long run.