Who. What. When. Where. Why. How.
Planning a trip can seem like a daunting task- where do I start? I like to take a version of the 5 W’s plus H to help me organize and start the planning process for any trip I am going to take. This is a great place to start since it breaks up the planning process into different sections (questions to answer) and makes the task seem a little less intimidating. These questions don’t have to be answered in any particular order.
Who is going? You need to know who you are traveling with or whether this will be a solo adventure.
What will you do? You should have an idea of some activities or sites you want to see when you reach your destination.
When will you go? You need to know what time of year you are going to travel and how long you are going to stay.
Where will you go? You will need to narrow down a list of your top must-see places and a feasible route from place to place or choose a specific country or region to fully immerse yourself in.
Why are you going? There are tons of wonderful reasons to travel including culture and festivals, gastronomy, scenery, self-exploration, vacation and many others. These factors may influence the “where” aspect of the trip planning process.
How are you going to get there? This includes your budget (“how much can I really spend?”), transportation to/from & around your destination(s), and lodging accommodations (hotels, hostels, apartments, couchsurfing, etc.)
The 5 W’s plus H of trip planning do not cover every aspect of your trip that will need to be figured out, however it’s a great place to start! You will still need to fill in all the important details that these questions don’t cover but after answering these six questions the planning step seems a lot less daunting.
How do you normally start planning for a trip? Have any tips for future trip planners?