Know Your Priorities and Set the Right Expectations
We all hope to travel sometime in our lives. We have expectations of what it will be like, who it will be with and how much fun we're going to have. It is usually just not the priority, a plan sitting somewhere after we are retired (rich) and before we are dead.
Making traveling a real priority is a priority by itself. In theory, most people would probably like to make traveling a priority. In reality, everybody has excuses, roadblocks, other higher priorities etc.
Although timing is important, there’s no such thing as a right moment when it comes to traveling. Life is full of wonderful surprise, twists and turns, ups and downs and easy and hard days. Your life is what you make it. Life is full of wonderful experiences and you need to enjoy every second to live it. This is all about movement - or travel. It is hard to set travel goals when you are busy in your everyday life. When the time comes. When the kids get a bit older. When we save enough and have spare cash to spend on a holiday. Life doesn't wait for us to catch up. Days are gone one by one.
Once you set travel itself as a priority, it is important to set priorities for the travel. Such priorities are different for different people. For example, do you prefer your trip include a cruise as well? How about a scenic flight? OK, maybe an elephant ride instead? All these details can affect what type of travel you prefer.
Once you know your priorities, you can determine what is negotiable and what is a must-have for your next unforgettable holiday to happen.
At the same time, setting expectations right is very important. On one hand, you don't want to set your expectations low to dilute your excitement, right? On the other hand, how this works: you spend months drooling over the tantalizing photos of paradisiacal tropical island beaches, trawl every page of the internet to discover the best things to see when you arrive. Subconsciously, creating an ideal setup in your imaginary world.What happens when you arrive? Well, that's why being realistic is the best approach to balance between your pre-travel excitement and post-travel happiness.
Travel Agent vs Do It Yourself
If you're going to use a travel agent, don't pop in without having done some prior research. Even if you do, don’t buy on your first visit. Take time to think.
If you rather prefer booking online, some research is not going to be enough. You need to start your bargain hunt at least 3-4 months in advance if you are very picky and on budget.
Here we have a quick look at pros and cons of both options.Read more
The Best Time to Book Your Flight
It is usually cheaper if you can book your flight at least 6-7 weeks and your hotel 3-6 weeks in advance. Travelling on Friday and Saturday is generally more expensive. Also, days around school holidays, long weekends and public holidays are not meant for savvy travellers.
Do your search off-peak times of the day such as after midnight and early in the morning to make sure you see the all actual available options that are released after the temporary hold.Read more
Compare Travel Deals and PackagesWeigh off all your options before buying. We have sifted through Australia’s top travel agencies and sites to shortlist the best ones. Whether you're looking for an adventure trip, family holiday or a weekend getaway, you can now search all these sites in one place. Once you find what you are after, you book directly with them. No fees or charges added on. We are 100% free! We are continuously extending the range of travel deals from trusted agencies to help everyday Australians shop around. Or Read more
Travel Deals – Are Extras Worth It?
Take anything that's for free. Give any other paid extras the flick.
Unless you're confident of receiving more in benefits than you're paying in advance, you should not consider buying extras.
Travel booking sites simply cannot offer you airport transfers, taxi, additional accommodation, other add-ons, drinks etc. cheaper. Simple math. Also, why would they?Read more
Such stuff are not promoted and are generally not competitively priced.
Smart Ways to Pay When You Travel
There are plenty of ways to pay for your travel online – from bank transfers and debit and credit cards to third-party payment services like Poli, Bpay and some Buy now, pay later services which allow you to purchase a product immediately and then pay it off in instalments over several months.
ere are some tips to help you stay safe when you pay for your travel deal online or you buy stuff while traveling.Read more