Going on a trip means discovering new landscapes, a different culture, customs and traditions, as well as meeting a multitude of people. To take advantage of all these moments and not to have to face unforeseen events which can compromise the good course of the stay, it is necessary to organize well. The ideal is to plan in advance. In addition, from the computer at home, several steps are possible and allow you to leave completely serene.

Make reservations in advance

Going on a trip means first of all making several reservations, especially those related to transportation and accommodation. For train and plane tickets, and even if you can benefit from last minute offers, it is still advisable to be careful and to make reservations in advance to benefit from better rates. When you can book a month and a half to two months before the departure date, it's perfect! It's the same for hotels, youth hostels or guest houses, the earlier you book the better, both for availability and prices.

Reservations can easily be made on the Internet from home and you can even take the time to compare offers to save money.

Take out travel insurance and leave with the right documents

Some travellers skip travel insurance, thinking that nothing can happen to them. This is not entirely true and it is better to be cautious here too! Taking out travel insurance is the best way to protect yourself, especially when travelling to a country outside the European Union. The insurance contract generally includes the coverage of medical expenses in the event of a doctor's consultation, hospitalization and treatment; repatriation and medical transport in the event of an accident or illness; but also permanent disability and death of the insured.

In addition, travel insurance offers the possibility of taking out additional guarantees such as the loss or theft of luggage and personal effects, as well as the cancellation of the stay. In order to benefit from an interesting insurance for your future stay, you should not hesitate to compare the offers by using an online travel insurance comparator.

Be careful also to be in order in terms of documents to have with you when you take the plane. You must be able to present a valid identity card within the European Union and a valid passport outside the EU. Note that a visa application is required for several destinations. On the day of departure, it is imperative to have all documents with you.

Registering with Ariane

Before going abroad, it is strongly advised to visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This allows you to access interesting information on the destination in just a few clicks, such as security conditions and contact details for diplomatic representations and hospitals. You can also find out about entry visa requirements and health precautions. It is also an opportunity to register with Ariane. Thus, in case of political crisis, attack, riots or natural disaster, travelers receive an email giving them security instructions and measures to take.

Plan the right budget

Whatever the place you want to reach, it is essential to plan a budget in line with all the things you plan to do there. Once you have booked your transport and accommodation, you need to find out about the prices of the activities that interest you: sports outings, entrance fees to museums and cultural sites, prices of menus in restaurants, etc. If you are well organised, you can plan the exact budget you need to within a few euros, remembering to leave a small margin for unforeseen events.

Once you have done all the research on the budget, and if the destination you were aiming for turns out to be too expensive, it is always possible to opt for a cheaper destination. Some countries, sometimes very far away, have indeed a standard of living that remains affordable. It is also easy to travel without breaking the bank in Europe. By travelling by bus for example, and by staying in youth hostels