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Escape Hunter Planning Vital Trip Calculations You Shouldn't Leave Out

Vital Trip Calculations You Shouldn't Leave Out

May 3, 2015

How deep are your trip calculations going?
What do you calculate and estimate, how deep are you going?
Most people only calculate costs and omit the rest.

Travel calculations are about quantities of money, time, food and perhaps you'll even have to estimate your energy level as well.

Planning is great, but don't overdo it. Sometimes the best things will come to you as surprises, "out of nowhere".

Travel calculation tips

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#1 Estimate daily budgets

Allocate a certain amount of money per day and stick to that limit.
It's a good idea to look up the price levels in your targeted foreign country: you want to know how high the costs are. Norway is a lot more expensive than Georgia and while electronics are cheap in Japan, food and transportation will be a slap in the face.

#2 How much time do you really need?

If you're flexible in terms of time - it's wonderful. Time is the best resource. Plan carefully and use it to enjoy yourself as much as possible when away.

#3 Time is limited - set your priorities

Set priorities and mark your target destinations and attractions on a map. Calculate how many attractions you can visit during that time frame.
But, no matter how much you calculate, reality will be different. However, having priorities is what's vital in order not to miss out on the best things.

#4 Emergency cash allocation

Calculate how much money you need in case of an emergency. You need to have enough money to get back home - in case you lose tickets/miss flight/lose money etc.
Naturally, the further you go, the more reserve money you need to have.
Never touch this money unless you're in an emergency situation and you really really really need it!
(Ah, those touchy fingers and the hunger for spending!)

#5 How much food will you require? How much will it cost?

I personally consume a lot more energy on my trips and I require a heck-of-a-lot more food.
More walking, more running, more mental attention eats up more calories.

Ideally, you have to estimate how often and what you will have to eat on a daily basis and how much you're willing to spend. You will almost certainly eat more when traveling.
Ask around on forums about food prices at your destination, read travel guides to be able to estimate the prices as correctly as possible.

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Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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