You want to get away for awhile and travel. We all do! This is the best way to go from daydreaming about unplugging in a far-away destination to actually doing it!


From getting good flight deals to making sure you won’t get stranded abroad, it’s important to know how to plan a trip to an unfamiliar place. As the Official Bank of Travelers, Equity has you covered.

1. Decide Where You Want to Go

This may seem easy, but deciding where to go can be difficult. There are so many options! Ask yourself, does your budget limit where you can go? Does your desired destination affect whether you’re able plan it yourself, or do you need to hire a travel agent? Are you driving or flying? The more you know, the better you can plan, especially when it comes to expenses.


One of the easiest tools to use is the Google Flights search. You can narrow search results from your city’s airport down to the exact dates, length of flight, or continent. You can even search destinations based on your interests, such as “beaches,” “food”, or “wildlife”. You can then narrow your search results even further by setting a max price limit or choosing only nonstop flights.


Once you know where you’re traveling to, you can use tools like Kayak and Hopper to check whether the price you’re paying for your flight is a good value or not.

2. Set a Budget

Always set a budget before you leave for your trip to prevent overspending. Determine how much you want to spend on things such as food, a hotel, a rental car or Uber rides, and souvenirs. If you learn that something is going to be too expensive, cross it off the list.


At this point, you’re probably realizing just how much there is to keep track of when you travel. Instead of taking your whole bank account with you, take a Go! Card instead.


A Go! Card can be used just like a debit card. Simply load what you need, or can spend, onto the card directly from your checking account. Only want to spend $1,000 on your trip? Think of the Go! Card as the perfect way to stick to your financial plans.

3. Look For Any Deals

There are a ton of websites that can help you nail down the best deals on hotels, event tickets, airline travel and car rentals. Make sure you look for bargains after you set your vacation budget. Why? Well, it can be a great morale booster when you find that you’re coming in under budget! You will also get a better idea of where you can save once you have a budget established.

4. Work and Save

By working and saving your money ahead of time, you won’t have to deal with credit card payments and interest rates upon your return. Try your hand at freelance work or pull a few double shifts to make some extra cash.


Try to motivate yourself by remembering what you’re working toward. To do this, print an image of your destination and divide it into sections. As you hit new savings milestones, color in more of the picture.

5. Enjoy Your Vacation!

You’ve gone through all the time-consuming steps and planned your vacation. The fun part is finally here after what felt like years of preparation, and now, all that’s left to do is live it up!


Vacations are meant to be enjoyed. With your plan in place, you’re sure to have a great time and come home feeling relaxed and refreshed.