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Traveling can be very exciting; whether it’s a work travel or even for holidays. It gets more interesting if you have not visited the place before. It’s very easy for you to forget all about proper planning and details of the trip due to all the excitement. Having a good plan for your trip can be invaluable more so if you are going to an unfamiliar destination, the need to plan cannot be overemphasized.

Planning well in advance will let you have lots of time to think about all the necessary things you wish to take with you. Moreover, you will be able to save plenty of money if you book hotel rooms and flight tickets beforehand. This will also give you enough time to search online for some great deals. Wherever you intend to go, having a checklist for your trip makes your life a whole lot easy. This is the following checklist you ought to adopt to make your life easier when going on your trip.

Get informed

Find out a little more about where you want to go. Internet and Google have made life easy to gain access to information. Find out about the culture, people, history, and locality of where you want to travel to. Check for hotels, car rentals, restaurants and other related options. Make a quick list of the rates, locations, amenities, discounts and contact information of several hotels. It will be nice if you know a local person to be your guide. Do some research about the places you will be visiting, such as climate, traditions or even the transportation.

Budget for your trip

Find the cost of things where you intend to visit. Find out the cost of food, hotels, goods, services, and curricular activities. For unforeseen circumstances or expenditures it is advisable to take your credit and debit cards with you. Budget is critical to your trip and you must take out a good amount of time to settle down all the finances. This is where you get the bookings done after an extensive research, use miles and points to save money, find out ways you can save more on travel and food costs and allocate a budget for every tiny expenditure you can possibly think of.

Sort transport

Figure out how you’re getting there, be it by airplane, train or bus. Ensure you have a visa to where you want to go. You may not need one, but check this with your travel agent before you leave. If you need a visa, ensure you get one. It’s also a good reminder to check that you have your passport and visa with you before you travel.

Insurance

You also need to get travel insurance for your trip. This is especially important because a travel insurance can protect you from unfortunate like baggage loss, accidents,trip cancellation, illnessesand injuries that may arise suddenly during the trip. There are different types of insurance policy such as visitor’s health insurance, long-term health insurance, temporary health insurance, insurance for trip cancellation, and so on. Make a thorough research about this so you can make an informed choice.

The Dream Packing

Most of us fail when it comes to packing and we end up merely stuffing the luggage bags with everything and anything. Packing might seem like an insignificant part of the whole fun until you end up realizing it’s really the most important one. Packing the right stuff, whether it is clothing or travel gadgets is crucial and packing the right amount is even more so. Check that you have packed all you would need. You can make a list of all the things so nothing gets left out. Take your medications with you if you are on one. Have a copy of you travel insurance with you. Do not forget your travel ticket. Check the regulation on what you can take with you and what you cannot. Check that you meet customs and quarantine requirements.

While going on a trip is extremely exciting and fun, your trips can be an extremely vacation disaster if you don’t plan it well. Planning is extremely essential to the success of any trip.

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7 Days in Spain Finale: Culinary Adventures

We end our fantasy trip (see part 1, part 2) in Northern Spain. Soaked in sunshine, Spain has long served up alluring sights, sounds, and savory delights. Northern Spain, is especially well known for it’s cuisine and culture. The following itinerary takes in the delicious delights of La Boqueria in Barcelona, learning how to cook Catalan dishes, the tapas bars of Logrono, wine tasting in the La Rioja region, and pintxos tasting in the famed bars of San Sebastian.

Day 1

Your first stop is Barcelona, the heart of Catalan country. Shake off your jetlag by diving headfirst into the chaotic colour and mouth watering aromas of La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most famous food market. Sample the jamon – iberico, bellota or Serrano – and Manchego cheese on offer, then find a seat at one of the tapas bars while enjoying the hustle and bustle going on all around you.

Day 2

On your second day in Barcelona, take a wander around this easy to navigate city and visit the famous Sagrada Familia, a cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi, Spain’s most famous architect. Other sights include the beaches of La Barceloneta, the rambling Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.

Day 3

Book a Catalan culinary course with one of the many cooking schools available in Barcelona for a hands-on learning experience of the local cuisine. Classes are mainly conducted in English and run between 3-4 hours – you’ll even get to sample your own cooking at the end of it! Learn about the secrets of Catalan cooking, including how to cook with botifarra (pork sausage) and picada (ground and herb nuts).

Day 4

Leaving Barcelona with a heavy heart and full belly, take the train to Logrono, the heart of Spain’s wine country. Here, in the jumbled streets of medieval Casco Viejo, let instinct be your guide as you tapas hop through the city. Each bar usually specialises in one divine, delicious dish – wild mushrooms cooked in butter, grilled chorizo, fishcakes in béchamel – so if you want to sample as much as possible, keep moving. If you stick to the vicinity of Calle del Laurel, you can do no wrong.

Day 5

La Rioja is one of Spain’s most famous exports, and it would be a shame to leave without trying some of the region’s award winning wines. There are plenty of wineries within Logrono itself, ranging from small, boutique family run businesses to new, modern behemoths with cutting edge technology.

Day 6

From Logrono, it is a short 2 hour bus ride to the culinary center of Spain – San Sebastian. With its stunning beaches, historical architecture and thriving art scene, San Seb, as it’s affectionately known, offer a whole different take on Spanish food. Take in a txikiteo, a pintxo bar hop – the Basque equivalent of tapas – in the Parte Vieja, pintxos where have been elevated to tiny, bite sized, edible works of art.

Day 7

Glorious San Sebastian has more Michelin stars per square metre than any other city on earth, with 16 stars in total. Dine in luxury at Arzak, Akelarre, or Berasategui, which all hold 3 Michelin stars each; or if you can’t get a reservation, try your luck at Kokotxia or Mirador de Ulia instead – the experience will be as transcendent.

On your final day in San Sebastian, look to a traditional cider house, or sagardotegia for your last supper. These establishments are located a little further away from the city center and serve delicious meals to accompany the local brew. Ask your hotel concierge to organize this for you. After eating your fill, catch the train from San Seb back to Barcelona. The journey will take you five and a half hours.


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