I’m not sure if I mentioned it at all but on Friday, me and the boy are off to the USA for two weeks. I’m honestly just too excited; I can’t shut up about it. Although a holiday itself is time to relax, I do find the process of getting stuff organised to be a stressful one but when you have an amazing trip then to look forward to, it’s all worth it. I thought I’d share my top tips for planning a trip to make it as stress free as possible.
Get the essentials in place
Booking the huge components of a trip (hotels and flights etc) is honestly the hardest part. There’s so much choice and it’s hard to know where to begin but once these parts are booked, the whole process becomes 90% less stressful. When it comes to booking flights, using a tool like sky scanner to compare costs is a lifesaver. They look at direct flights but also flights via other destinations that can save you a bit of money.
We were lucky that we didn’t have to worry about finding a place to stay in Boston but we did have to do a lot (and I mean, a lot) of research on New York hotels and transport between the cities. Also here’s the boring responsible adult klaxon– make sure you book your travel insurance at this point too. It’s so easy to forget and although it isn’t essential, travelling without insurance just isn’t worth the risk. Ok, we can go back to the fun stuff now.
Never underestimate the importance of doing your research. It’s so important to have even a rough plan of what you’d like to do when you’re there. This was especially important for the New York section of our trip, as we have limited time; we want to make the most of it. Now we haven’t been top of the class travellers and pre-booked anything and made an itinerary (mostly because the east coast whether is insanely unpredictable) but we have a rough idea of the things we’d like to do in both Boston and New York.
Make sure to read up on everything from food to shopping to sightseeing (priorities are in order, right?). I really love Design Sponge’s city guides for recommendations for cute restaurants and shops that don’t really crop up elsewhere.
It’s time for me to practice what I preach and stop stressing. Ultimately it is a holiday and it’s a time to enjoy ourselves so I think it’s important to relax and go with the flow on this one. There is only so much pre-planning you can do and if things do go a little bit wrong, it’s ok. I often find the best way to explore cities is with no set plan, just simply putting on some trainers and explore on foot.
I can’t wait for Friday now! Make sure you let me know your recommendations of things to see and do in Boston and New York?