A new year means new travel plans, and there’s every reason to be excited. Fresh experiences and fun filled adventures are out there, and 2019 is the perfect year to encounter them. Still, it’s important not to let your anticipation eclipse your preparedness. To make any trip successful, you need to plan ahead.

Consequently, here are a few things to consider when putting together our very own travel plans for 2019.

Travel Money

If you’re going to a country overseas, then you’ll be interacting with a different economy and currency. Put simply, money will work very differently over there. Consequently, you need to do your own research in advance so that you’re fully prepared and knowledgeable about how much money you should take and can expect to spend. The cost of living itself could stand to be extremely jarring if you go in blind.

Furthermore, there is certainly a strategy that comes with withdrawing cash for your travels; avoiding drawing out cash at the airport (you can save up to 10% here), shopping around for more competitive rates, etc. Really combe through your own research beforehand in order to adjust to your given circumstances. This way, you’ll be more and more likely to save some money here and there.

Packing in Good Time

A last minute, mad dash to the suitcase is never a good idea. While it’s common sense to be packing well before you embark on your trip, it needs stating outright all the same; pack in good time! If you don’t, you not only risk missing your own flight, ferry or taxi, but you could also jeopardise the trip of your companions too.

Packing early means being considerate. It communicates to others with you that you know what you’re doing and ensures you don’t cause a nuisance for anybody during the travelling process. Even if you’re travelling alone, pack well in advance. Your entire ordeal will go a lot smoother, and you won’t forget anything during your panicked scrambling around.

A Sensible Schedule

So, you’ve got your money, you’ve packed well, and you’ve now arrived at your destination. I bet you thought the planning phase is over, right? Wrong! You can do this before you touch down at your hotel, or on the first day; compiling a sensible schedule of all the things you want to do on your trip.

If you stick to that schedule, there’ll be no nasty surprises on your trip. You can book in to see a museum before closing time, know where all the best bars and restaurants are, and know where all the landmarks are found and when they’re fully open to the public. Additionally, companies such as Jules Verne let you schedule tours throughout India, so look for services like these if you’re on a countrywide expedition.

Remember, there’s a lot to do out there. Only with a good schedule can you ensure that you can see and do it all. If you leave things to luck, chances are most of it will be bad!


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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