Are you going somewhere to travel soon? It's okay if you are not, these steps will benefit you in your future planning. In just five steps, and you are ready to go!
First, you must ask yourself these questions. Should I travel with a tour group or independent travel? Which one am I more comfortable with? And which one is more affordable to me? You can check out my previous post on this specific topic, and it will definitely help you in making a decision.
If you have decided to go with a tour group, then you are free from planning your trip and just enjoy your trip with your tour operator. If you were planning to come to Sabah on a tour group, then you should choose among these 3 tour operators! You can also check out this website to look for the Best 20 Asia Tour Companies. Now my job is DONE for tour group selectors!
If you have chosen independent travel, then plan along with me!
2. Search For Attractions
Now it's time to do some searching boyz! Use your best search engine tools (Google & Youtube) to look for places you want to visit during the trip. Take note of each location, entrance fees, and operation hours by writing down on a paper or something. You don't have the worry about the distance first, we will solve that later.
Here are some of my personal recommended search engine for travel:
2. Lonely Planet
4. Google Map (Scroll walkable nearby places around famous attractions, and you will find many more interesting places!)
3. Search For Accommodations
Now comes to finding accommodations. I assume you have already found all the places you want to visit and have already taken note of. You might find out that some of the destinations are far away from each other, so there are some rules for finding accommodations. Sometimes you might even have to give up some destinations.
The rules for finding accommodation is that you must find accommodations that are either near most of the attractions or near transport stations; it's even better if you could find both. You might have to change accommodations several times, but remember to apply the rules above!
4. Make An Itinerary
Now comes the most time-consuming part, making an itinerary. Sometimes it's not possible to visit every destination because of its distance from each other, so you will need to plan out on where to go first then next. You can visit this website to get your preferred travel schedule templates. It is recommended that your itinerary should consist of time, location, and transportation type (like Uber, local bus, bicycle, rent a car, etc). In this part, you will need to use Google Maps a lot! Don't make your itinerary overly packed, just give up on some of the attractions. Once you have done, print out a hard to put inside your backpack & save a soft copy on your phone.
5. Look For Promotions
In this last step, you will need to look for offers! There are some attractions or activities that require you to purchase tickets and often time it can be purchase online. There are big possibilities that you can find great deals on other platforms, instead of from the official page selling. Find more offers, so you have spare money to spend on other parts of your trip!