by Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick
I first introduced you to Beth in September’s newsletter. A new friend of mine, Beth Whitman is a self described travel addict with 20 years of globetrotting experience as both a backpacker and businesswoman.
She is the author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo
Beth's travel blog is at The Seattle Post Intelligencer
( blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/travel )
With these credentials, it isn’t surprising that Beth has some good advice about travel planning which she shares with us below. For some destinations in the world it is possible to get away without much planning in advance. I agree that serendipitously is a great way to go. And if you plan on travel through the African continent with unlimited time and sufficient funds, then all that planning and booking that Beth and I recommend isn’t absolutely necessary for you. However, the majority of us have finite time and money. If you dream about going on safari the earlier you start planning the better. It amazes a lot of people to realize how much work is involved getting your dream safari off the ground.
Beth’s Seven Tips for Trip Preparation
"I often hear from people that travel planning is extremely stressful due to all of the details involved and the potential for making a mistake (booking flights on the wrong dates, paying too much for a car rental, etc.). I, however, love planning my adventures and I believe that this enthusiasm can be learned.
"Whether you are planning an independent journey to Europe or booking a safari to Africa through a reputable tour company, it’s simply a matter of getting organized and knowing what steps are involved.
"As you consider booking your African safari, following these general tips will help relieve the stress and doubt that comes with trip preparation for any adventure allowing you to then really enjoy the process!"
"Above all else, relax, enjoy the process and expect the unexpected! Know that not everything will go smoothly and build in some emotional flexibility so that you can go with the flow.
"An African safari will truly be an adventure that will provide you with stories and memories that will last a lifetime."