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A New Year brings with it a host of exciting opportunities, so if you made a resolution to see more of the world or to look out for sensational kids’ holidays, why not get in travel mode and start planning? There’s plenty to see and do out there, so with this in mind here are five essential tips to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

Decide where you want to go

It sounds obvious, but choosing where to go is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Do you want to explore one town, city or country only or would you prefer to push the boat out and go on an unforgettable world tour? The choice is completely yours but it’s well-worth picking destinations that pique your interest and working out your travel routes carefully – particularly if you’re taking kids with you as they’ll want to get from A to B as quickly as possible.

If you’re planning on being adventurous and hopping from place-to-place, you’ll certainly need a map, atlas and a pretty good eye for flight departures and schedules. Writing down dates and working out the logistics of your journey is essential, so perhaps write a step-by-step travel guide to help you out or buy a diary.

Research, research, research

Believe it or not, it’s easy to visit a certain place and miss out on some of the best attractions. So, to stop this from happening, be sure to carry out some research in advance and find out some of the most interesting places to visit including tourist hot spots, swanky hotels and mouth-watering eateries.

You’ll find a wealth of reviews, pictures, information sites and travel blogs online to help you out and you could even head to the local library and pick up some travel books to enhance your knowledge of a certain country. As you research, it might also be worth creating a digital bucket list as this will help keep track of everything you want to do and allow you to tick off activities as you go!

Travel in luxury without breaking the bank

Before you set off or even book your travels, always set a budget to ensure you don’t get in financial trouble due to your trip. Working out how much you have to spend on flights, accommodation and activities is of paramount importance and don’t forget to leave some aside for emergency situations or sneaky extras.

With many affordable holiday packages available these days, it’s possible to travel in luxury without breaking the bank but it’s important to be careful with your money and hold onto your cash wherever possible. Booking flights and accommodation in advance, travelling during unsociable hours and booking last-minute deals are all ways to reduce your outgoings, so do some smart thinking and research. There are also many travel apps out there that will save you money, so it’s worth checking out a few of these before you depart too.

Travelling should be fun, but make sure you plan properly to get the most out of your trip.