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How to Plan a Family Travel: 10 Tips and the Check List

Updated on October 13, 2017
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Chitrangada believes that Travel is a great teacher. She shares her experiences and tips for organised traveling for the benefit of readers.

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How To Plan Your Travel

© Chitrangada Sharan April, 2013

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  • Are you planning a Family holiday or a honeymoon?
  • Or are you thinking of setting off to an adventure tour along with friends?
  • If, so this article is for you. The purpose is to have a great time, along with your family and friends.
  • Holidays are relaxing and rejuvenating.
  • They are in fact lifetime experiences to see, discover, and explore new destinations.
  • But if you do not plan it beforehand, you would not be able to enjoy it to the fullest, rather you may end up facing many difficulties.

Planning Your Travel-----Your Checklist

1. Destination-----Where to go?

1.1. Location

First of course, is to decide, where you want to go. And that will depend on, how many days, you can spare and how much money you can spend.

1.2. Leave

If you have a regular office job, you may have to apply for leave, before planning a family travel or vacation.

1.3. Decide together

Accordingly, you can decide a location, within your country or outside your country. This decision is best taken, by the whole family, keeping everyone's opinion/ ideas and preferences.

Parents may choose to go to a quieter place, whereas the children may have the preference for a more happening or adventurous location. This usually happens in my family and most of the time, children have the final say. And it makes us happy, if the children are happy--Right?

2. Research

2.1. Map, Roadways, Railways, or Airways

It’s important to know the place through maps before you set out to a location. Details such as its Transport system, Road directions, available train services, available airways and the timings of the travel options.

2.2. Internet


Internet is a useful tool nowadays, to know a place beforehand. You can browse to see the places which are a must visit in that particular area and even read the experience of different people, who have already visited them. Their feedback will help you a lot in deciding your priorities, when you travel to selected location.

2.3. Climate and weather of the selected location


This is very important, because that will enable you to carry your clothes accordingly, rather than packing unnecessary items. For example, if the place is not cold, you would not take your woolens.

2.4. Options of Hotels and Restaurants


You carry a limited amount of money, when you are going out. Try to avoid overspending and preferably eat at economical food joints. All this information about hotels are available on different websites. Choose the one, which best suits your pocket.

3. Booking Tickets and Reservations

3.1. This is the most important part of travelling---having confirmed reservations via rail/ air or others, not only to your destination, but also your return journey.

In between also, if you are going to more than one location, get your prior reservations done.

3.2. Obviously you will be staying at a hotel. Find the one which suits you, via Internet or some Travel agent, and book your rooms in advance, to avoid inconvenience, when you reach.

4. Important Documents To Be Carried While Travelling Abroad

4.1. You all must be aware, that you must have your Passports and visa, if you are travelling outside your country. And these formalities do take time, so prior planning is a must.

It can not be arranged in a short time, because of administrative reasons.

4.2. Carrying your Passport/ visa is a big responsibility and you must take care of your children's documents as well, all through your travel duration.

4.3. Keep xerox copies of all your important documents, tickets, payment receipts etc. You must carry your credit cards along with cash.

5. Notify-----Remain Connected

5.1. Send emails or notify by telephone about your travel schedule to your close family, friends, and office colleagues.

5.2. Although contact numbers are saved in our mobiles nowadays, but it is advisable to keep all the required numbers noted in a diary.

5.3. On an International travel, your Sim card may not work. Buy Sim cards according to the location, you are visiting.

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6. Travel Light:

6.1. Travelling light is convenient. Pack as much as you can carry comfortably. The selection of bags and boxes is also important. Pick one, with many compartments. Carry some spare lock and keys too.

6.2. Carrying some tissue papers, a swiss knife, a bottle opener/ can opener, extra pair of comfortable shoes or slippers, is a good idea.

7. Medicines And FIRST AID Box

7.1. Carry the basic medicines of your own, for smaller issues like common cold, cough, mild fever, allergies, insect bites, sanitizer etc.

7.2. If someone is on medication for Diabetes, Blood pressure, Thyroid, or some other similar health issue, it is important not to miss those medicines. That too should be within reach, for example in your handbag or purse.

7.3. Some antiseptic ointment, bandages also must be carried for minor cut or bruises.

8. Camera/ Chargers/ Notepad/ Diary

8.1. We are so much dependent on electronic devices nowadays. Charge your mobiles, laptops, cameras etc. before leaving and do not forget to carry them along with you.

8.2. Before checking out from a hotel, make sure you have not left any of your chargers plugged in.

8.3. I always carry a diary, when I go for travel. We see so many locations in a short span of time. It is good to note down in points the specific highlights or historical or other significant details in your diary. You will enjoy reading it afterwards, and you will not miss out anything.

9. Know the Language

9.1. Language can be a great barrier, if you are not familiar with the local language. You can buy a dictionary to make communication easier.

9.2. A travel guide translated in your preferred language, would be helpful.

10. Travel Insurance

10.1. Last but not the least, you must buy a Travel insurance for each member, who is travelling. By buying that, you are in fact buying peace of mind.

10.2. Besides, medical expenses, in case one falls ill during a travel, the travel insurance, covers loss or theft of luggage etc. as well.

However, You must read carefully and compare various travel insurances, before buying one for you.

Enjoy your travel experience

  • These are some brief suggestions, but experts are available, both in the city and online websites, if you want to have a memorable travel.
  • Many Travel websites such as Make my trip. com , Yatra. com, SOTC and many other agencies are there in this job of planning your travel. You may have to just make the payments and the rest is their headache.
  • These travel websites not only book your tickets for 'to and fro ' journey but also book your hotel and taxi at the new destination where you are traveling. Certainly, travelling to a new places has become much easier with technology.
  • One last point ---Be flexible, Be realistic and Make the most of your travel. You are on a holiday, so do not rush up everything.
  • Wanting to see too much in a limited time, might exhaust you. Take breaks and enjoy each moment.
  • Taking pictures has become so much easier with mobile cameras. But it's also important to enjoy the moment , the wonderful location and natural beauty and then capture the memories.

HAVE AN ENJOYABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE!

© Chitrangada Sharan 8th April, 2013

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      Chitrangada Sharan 12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Audrey for visiting again and your kind words of appreciation!

      Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing with others.

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I came back for another visit. Such a good hub. Sharing with family and friends. Thanks my friend. Blessings and goodness to you and yours.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Suzette for your kind words of appreciation!

      Planning the travel makes it easier and enjoyable and can save us from so many unexpected situations at a new place.

      Thanks for your continued support!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 12 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Dianna for reading and commenting on this hub!

      I agree planning ahead makes everything much more comfortable.

      Many thanks for your positive comments and support!

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      suzettenaples 12 months ago

      Very informative article and I agree with your list! This advice makes your travel easy and with peace of mind.

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      Dianna Mendez 12 months ago

      All good advice for families who travel. I have found it a much better experience for all when you plan ahead. Great tips.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 18 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Sandy Mertens, for appreciating!

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      Sandy Mertens 18 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Goof checklist for travel.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks peachpurple, for your kind visit and comments!

      Google maps are so interesting and informative. I often refer them, even if I am not travelling.

      Thanks!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Great tips, when we are on holiday trip, hubby always check google map before we get lost

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Adventuretravels, for your kind visit and valuable comments!

      I am glad you liked the travel tips. And I agree there is no need to carry too much luggage for the kids. Travelling with too much luggage takes away all the fun, because all the attention goes in managing the items and carrying them.

      Many thanks for the follow as well. Have a good day!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from Perth UK

      Very useful information - I love the travel light tip - so many people take far too much stuff especially if they travel with children. The plane I was in last week was so full of hand luggage I thought we would never get off the ground. Children really don't need much - just suitable clothes and a good first aid kit -the rest will follow. Shared.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Vellur, for reading and commenting!

      Glad you liked it!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      A very useful hub with great reminders for having a great travel experience.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Linda, for your lovely comments!

      Glad you liked it!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey, for reading and commenting!

      I am pleased to know that you found the hub informative. Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent check list...now I need to plan a vacation! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you for all of this very useful, helpful information. And the photos are just stunning!

      I will share these very good tips with others.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi MarleneB!

      Thanks for reading this hub and commenting!

      Good to know that you found this informative. Travelling light is very important, to enjoy the trip. Otherwise much time is wasted, trying to manage luggage, arranging them and carrying the heavy suitcases.

      Thanks again for your visit and support!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This hub is so informative. The tip about the sim card is quite helpful. I need to learn to travel light. I always bring way too many outfits on a trip.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Sunil, for your visit and such nice words of appreciation!

      I am pleased to know that you found the hub useful and informative!

      Thanks again!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Deergha!

      So nice to see you visit this hub! I am pleased to know that you found this useful and informative.

      Thanks for the votes up and share!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks rohanfelix, for stopping by and your positive comments. I am sorry for responding late to your kind comment. Somehow I missed it. My apologies!

      Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Thelma Alberts, for visiting and commenting!

      I am glad you liked the hub. I love travelling and I am pleased to meet a traveller.

      Thanks for the share!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      This is a wonderful presentation of things we need to take care while planning a travel. Really informative and useful to all travel folks. Your tips are great and appreciable. Thank you for sharing such a nice bundle of information here.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very useful and informative hub. Great job done. Thanks for sharing this one. Shared and votes way up

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for writing this travel check list. I´m a traveller so I need a check list of things to do and to carry with me for the travel. The photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and shared;-)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Rose, for your visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you liked the images and found the hub informative.

      Thanks for voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Kathryn, for reading this hub and your lovely comments!

      I am so glad you liked the tips and would like to refer them in your future vacation.

      Thanks for voting up and sharing!

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      This an awesome article! It is very informative and you offer excellent tips. I love your images. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are such useful ideas, and just reading this got me excited. I am not planning a trip at the moment, but even thinking about going on a vacation is exciting. I enjoy the planning process.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and I will refer to this again the next time I go on a vacation.

      Have a great day!

      Voted up and sharing!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks CharronsChatter, for reading this hub and your positive feedback!

      I am glad you found the hub as interesting. I would be so happy to travel along with you.

      Many thanks for all those words of praise.

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      Just the most complete, well-thought out list for a trip I ever did read. You pack--I'll get the tickets, because let's go!!

      Gorgeous illustration shots, as well. It's awesome, useful AND interesting!! :)

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Very useful points by a person who has written based on practical experience!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks travelholidays, for reading this hub and your kind words of appreciation. I am glad you found it informative.

      Thanks for the follow and welcome to HubPages! Wish you great times ahead.

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      travelholidays 4 years ago from India

      Many Thanks for this informative Hub :) I highly suggest each traveler who need a tour must to visit this fantastic hub. Thanks again :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for reading this hub!

      Welcome back, after your 'break.' I am glad you liked the hub.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Planning a travel does take time your points here are useful and most helpful to those interested in travelling including myself.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Sharan Saheb, for visiting my hub and your appreciative comments. Thanks for all your nice words!

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      devendra sharan 4 years ago

      very informative,useful and pertinent ideas!one who will go with you on vacation with familywill always be at peace and will enjoy vacation to the fullest. thanks sweetheart!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Nell Rose, for your kind visit and appreciative comments! I agree, Travel Insurance is a must, when going abroad.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Great checklist Chitra, I was interested to check your poll and saw that most people wouldn't buy travel insurance! interesting stuff, I believe travel insurance is a must when going abroad, I always buy it, great list, nell

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks mr-veg, for your appreciation and comments.

      Have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks sweetie1, for your visit and support. I am glad you found the hub informative. Thanks!

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice Checklist Chitra !! It is pretty well thought and good todo list to follow while planning a vacation

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Very Informative Hub. I like to travel and usually when we reach railway station then we realize we forgot this or that even we forgot to switch off fans etc. Very beautiful pictures.