World Travelers! Where in the world do you want to go?
Planning Your Trip… The first thing to do is read ALL the slides in this PowerPoint. See what questions you have about planning your trip and what is due at the end of the trip.
Where in the world do you want to go?? • You and a partner, of your choosing, are going on a trip. • You have saved your money for a long time and have a budget of $2500.00 each. • This seems like a lot of money…but it depends on several factors: • Destination(s) • Airline costs • Lodging costs • Meal costs • Entertainment, sightseeing, and activity costs • Souvenirs • Length of journey
Before you can go… • You need a passport! • Find out what you need to do in order to get a passport. (Do not actually apply.) • Process • Cost • Time needed • No passport, no out-of-the-country travel! • Do not delay in taking care of this.
Step One—Destination • Use a map. Dream a little. • Explore airline costs and how long you want to travel. • Decide the country, and the cities in that country, that you want to visit. TIP #1: Airline costs for some places, like Australia, are much more expensive. If you decide you really want to go there, then you would just have a shorter trip.
Step Two—Lodging • You have many choices for lodging. You can stay in resorts, hotels, “B&B’s”, hostels, etc. • Decide what you want, what you can afford, and actual costs. Tip #2: Resorts: Most expensive Hotels: Vary widely. Big chains (Hilton, Marriott, etc.) will be very nice but more expensive and not give you any “local” flavor. B&B: Bed and Breakfast. Accommodation and costs vary; include a simple breakfast which helps with food costs, and often smaller and more personal. Hostels: Usually cheapest. Often share common room with other travelers. Few luxuries and often louder but you get to meet other travelers and stay for cheap. Tip #3: Location matters. If it is really cheap but out of the city, how much will it cost you to get there?
Step Three—Local Transportation • How will you travel once you get there? • City to city—Train? Plane? Car? Bus? • In cities—Taxis? Buses? Subways? Tip #4: You will find that people in other countries walk a LOT more than we do, but you will still need some transportation. How will you travel?
Step Four—Food! • Every country has some special, local food. Find out what it is and where to get it. • Often you will eat at small family type eateries. What are the local food costs? • Pick at least one “local” restaurant in each city you go to for a special meal. What will that meal cost? Tip #5: For some people, travel is “all about the food” and they plan their budget accordingly. You need to determine how much you want to spend on food. Will you need 3 full meals a day? Coffee and a roll for breakfast and then just dinner? How often and how much you eat will impact your budget.
Step Five—Entertainment/Sightseeing/Activities • Decide on the “must see” sights. For example, you would not go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower or Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. • Find out location, costs, best times to see, etc. • Include at least one museum in each city. • Will you be hiking? Snorkeling? Bungee Jumping? Tip #6: Be realistic on how much you can do in a day. A major museum can take several hours, and maybe even a full day.
Step Six—Souvenirs • Pick at least one local, traditional item that you will purchase to take home as a souvenir. • Some people pick a similar item from each place they visit. Tip #7: When you pick your souvenir, consider cost as well at size and breakability. You have to get it home!
Step Seven—Plan in Detail! • Now that you know where you want to go and what you want to do, you need to put together your itinerary, your detailed budget, and your Travelogue. • The itinerary will be done in Word. • The budget will be done in Excel. • The Travelogue can be done in PPT or Prezi or MovieMaker or as a webpage.
Itinerary • Your itinerary is your day-by-day travel schedule. It includes times, also. • For each day of your trip, it will list your: • Destination(s) • Transportation • Lodging • Events This will be done in Word.
Detailed Budget • This will match up with your itinerary. • It is the COST for each item on your itinerary (transportation, lodging, events) as well as meals and souvenirs. • You cannot go over $2500.00 This will be done in Excel. Use the calculation feature in Excel to do the math for you! Tip #8 Some of the prices you will look for will be in the local currency. You will need to convert to USD (US dollars).
Travelogue • Take your trip (well, virtually) and share it with us! • Put together a slideshow, prezi, movie or webpage to show off what you did and what you saw. • PICTURES are key! We want to see the country, the sights, the food, the people…everything! • Extra points for creativity…can you put yourselves “there” somehow?
Most of all… HAVE FUN! Helpful internet resources. 1) Do a search for travel resources 2) Some of the resources to use: • Fodor's Travel Guides - Plan Your Trip Online • Let's Go Travel Guides - The Leader in Budget Travel • Travelocity • TripConnect • Lonely Planet Travel Guides and Travel Information • Frommer's Travel Guides: The Best Trips Start Here! • Travel Guides, Hotel Reviews, Photos, Forums, Deals ... • Trip Advisor • United States Passport office • Travel Europe