3 Months Out Travel Check List

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It’s about this time, the 3 month benchmark, that my travel OCD sets in. I start narrowing down my list of sights to see and places to visit (see an example here). By this point you definitely should have your tickets to and from said country. Then comes the tedious part, scheduling. I use Google Calendar to organize my schedule, pretty much down to the hour. I did mention I have travel OCD right? However, by this point you really only have to get some basics locked down. Starting with the decision whether or not to skip around to other countries. My¬†3 Months Out Travel Check List.

Hop, Skip, and a Jump


When I got my flight for England I also decided I wanted to see Rome. I wanted to stay 3 nights. Why? You’ll find out later in this article. So what I did was research flights to Rome. Since I wouldn’t be leaving directly from London I also had to research trains to take me to the airport. Even if you don’t plan on taking a train to the airport, you should research how long it takes by car or whichever sort of transportation you’re taking.

I do however highly recommend the train as they are really reliable. For examples sake, say the earliest train I could take to the airport left at 7am, train takes 3 hours to get to airport (transfers and such). So earliest flight I should take is 11am. Always leave at least an hour for yourself. It’s too far out to book my train ticket yet, which by the way if you do book it early there’s sometimes discounts. I booked my flight through Kayak from London to Rome. Word to the wise, the flight maybe cheap but they will charge you for your bag. I’m going to a wedding so I’m bringing some nice stuff so I have to have a bag.

I do however highly recommend the train as they are really reliable. For examples sake, say the earliest train I could take to the airport left at 7am, train takes 3 hours to get to airport (transfers and such). So earliest flight I should take is 11am. Always leave at least an hour for yourself. It’s too far out to book my train ticket yet, which by the way if you do book it early there’s sometimes discounts. I booked my flight through Kayak from London to Rome. Word to the wise, the flight maybe cheap but they will charge you for your bag. I’m going to a wedding so I’m bringing some nice stuff so I have to have a bag.

I do however highly recommend the train as they are really reliable. For examples sake, say the earliest train I could take to the airport left at 7am, train takes 3 hours to get to airport (transfers and such). So earliest flight I should take is 11am. Always leave at least an hour for yourself. It’s too far out to book my train ticket yet, which by the way if you do book it early there’s sometimes discounts. I booked my flight through Kayak from London to Rome. Word to the wise, the flight maybe cheap but they will charge you for your bag. I’m going to a wedding so I’m bringing some nice stuff so I have to have a bag.

Hostel Research

Once you’ve decided where you’re going to be during your trip you should book your hostels. I use Hostel World to do my research. As a note, sometimes if the hostel has their own website ie. YHA they may have a membership program you can sign up for and receive a discount. I’ll have a post on more of this soon. Especially in the summer season you should get these in advance as it books up quickly.


Now that I’ve kept you waiting, why 3 nights in Rome? Well I only had a limited time but the real reason is that I did my research on what I’d like to see and came across the Omnia Card. The card is good for 3 days so I figured I could do the basics in 3 days. Besides if you’ve ever been on vacation with me, you know I can move fast! All the attractions covered in the card are listed here. The nice thing about the card is that it’s like a fast pass at Disneyland, you get to cut the lines. It also includes a bus tour of Rome.

I’m not actually a really big bus tour fan, but since I’ll only be there for a short amount of time I know it’ll help me to see a lot in a little amount of time. It also acts as a discount card to other museums and exhibits. Do note, that if you’re a student, it maybe cheaper to just buy tickets with your student ID but do check out the details before deciding. As a final note on the Omnia Card, they are currently running a promotion for 10% off if you purchase online.

Getting Tickets

Lastly, get tickets for high demand events. I really enjoyed going to see the ‘Tempest’ at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater when I was in London two summers ago (read about that here). So when I found out I would be returning this summer I decided to go again. This time I’ll be seeing ‘As You Like It’. These events sells out really quickly, especially if you have a recognizable actor in the cast. So make sure to buy asap!

I did the yard tickets last time which was great, however, I figure this time I would have just spent 3 days walking around Rome so I’ll be tired. I caved and bought tickets in one of the galleries (pictured above). By Broadway standards the tickets are still pretty darn cheap so I didn’t feel too bad about this splurge. Besides, they have the BEST actors in their plays so you know it’ll be a fantastic show!

Hope this helps you plan your trip! Please feel free to comment or email questions!

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