Do you have a 'bucket list' full of places you want to visit and trips you want to take once you're retired? No matter whether you go away once a month or once a year, travel always takes a lot of planning and preparation.
The Trip Planner is a collection of forms, checklists and journal sheets - ready to print out and keep in a binder - so that all the information you need to plan the perfect trip (and remember it afterwards) is right there at your fingertips.
And the best thing is, when you've completed all the forms and checklists once, they'll be there for you to refer to again and again, so you won't need to 'reinvent the wheel' before every trip.
'The Trip Planner' pack contains 26 forms, checklists, questionnaires and journal sheets as follows:
PREPARING FOR A HOLIDAY/VACATION – This is the place to get a jumpstart on planning your trip. Begin writing down all of the things you need to do so that when the time comes, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done and when it needs to be done by!
TRAVEL PREPARATION LIST – Don’t know where to start in planning your next trip? This list will get you going and steer you in the right direction.
WHEN LEAVING TEENAGERS BEHIND – If you still have teenagers and young adult kids at home and you want to make sure they don't forget to do things when you're not there to remind them, then is the list that you'll need to write it all down on. Be detailed. Take a load off your mind knowing that they have their instructions!
HOUSESITTER INSTRUCTIONS – Leave this completed page with instructions for your housesitter about caring for your home while you're away.
PETSITTER INSTRUCTIONS – Leave this completed page with instructions for youe petsitter about caring for your pet while you're away.
AIR/RAIL TRAVEL BUDGET – Never underestimate the importance of knowing how much a trip is likely to cost you or your family. Be prepared.
CAR TRAVEL BUDGET – Never underestimate the importance of knowing how much a trip is likely to cost you or your family. Be prepared.
TRAVEL BUDGET WORKSHEET – Don’t just plug in random numbers, work it out! This page can help. Assign an average cost to each night’s stay or meal eaten and multiply it by the number of days or nights you’ll be away.
ITINERARY OVERVIEW – In the beginning stages of travel planning, use this list for putting a rough plan together.
ITINERARY DETAILED – When you start to firm up the details, use this form to record them all
ROAD TRIP ITINERARY – Planning a trip to see a long-lost friend or relative? Maybe your goal is a 3-month tour or all of the National Parks? Whatever your road trip goals are, write them down here so you can eliminate some of the frustration of the unexpected.
PACKING LIST A – No matter what your packing and travel needs, this list is broad enough to allow you to include whatever unique packing requirements you might have.
PACKING LIST B – Use this list to remind you of what is important to pack on any regular trip.
PACKING LIST FOR CHILDREN – Many people like to take their grandchildren away with them. However, babies and kids add several dimensions to any vacation or trip. Their comfort directly effects your comfort, so packing the right things is crucial. This list will help you with that.
CAMPING LIST – Is you preparing for a camping trip? Are you staying in a tent or even in a cabin? Remembering everything isn't easy but now you have this list to help you. Just print it out and check it off as you gather the items!
MOTORHOME/CARAVAN/CAMPER/RV PACKING LIST – Whether you are planning a trip to the lake for the weekend or a trip around the country for a year, packing your motorhome, caravan, camper or RV is a major task. Your comfort depends upon what you remember (or forget) to bring along.
HOMETOWN TOURIST – Have you taken full advantage of the great site, attractions, restaurants in your area? Most people forget that are jewels of fun within an hour’s drive of their own home. Have guests coming this summer? It’s easy to be prepared to show them the sites when all you have to do is check this handy reference.
KEEPING IN TOUCH – Organizing a postcard exchange with friends is a great way to get mail and collect postcards from all over.
PLACES TO SEE – Dream a little. Prioritize. List the places that you want to eventually visit.
PLACES VISITED LOG – Sometimes it is just fun to look back and remember all of the places you’ve been. This page is a great way to keep track of personal or family travel memories.
FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY – When you travel, you’ll more than likely meet nice people everywhere you go. Keep in touch with this page to record their contact information, or use this page to just remember them fondly from time to time.
HOLIDAY/VACATION MEMORIES – No matter how big or small the trip is, holidays and vacations are major memories in a person’s life. Capture your memories here - before they vanish into the ether...
HOLIDAY/VACATION JOURNAL – Record your trip day-by-day on these pages.
Two exercises from our 'Get the Retirement You Deserve' Home Study Pack:
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO? - An exercise to help you explore your travel options in retirement. (If you don't already have a 'bucket list', this will get you off to a great start!
BEFORE YOU GO - A very practical list of questions to make sure you've thought about the legal, health, insurance and communications aspects of your trip
A 'Useful Resources' section
All these forms and checklists will be delivered in immediately downloadable PDF format. You will receive a folder containing two PDFs - one containing 'portrait' oriented forms (where the height of the page is greater than the width) and the other containing 'landscape' forms (where the width of the page is greater than the height).
The Trip Planner: Checklists to help you plan the perfect trip, holiday or vacation - UK Version
The Trip Planner: Checklists to help you plan the perfect trip, holiday or vacation - US Version