Planning your trip
How to plan your next vacation
I'm not going to sugarcoat it: planning is the most boring aspect of travel. However, the planning stages are also terribly important, because a few minutes of planning beforehand can save you hours of agony—not to mention hundreds of dollars—once you're on the road.
This the the catch-all section for pre-trip planning advice: how to find the cheapest airfare, where to sleep, what to see and do; tourist offices, guidebooks, and travel magazines; tourist seasons and festivals; what to pack (and what not to); basic phrases and health concerns; passports, pickpockets, cellphones, safety concerns, insurance questions, and more.
The trip-planning topics below are divided into seven main sections: