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If you’re looking for a small trip that’s both well-planned and affordable, you can make some good guesses about what kind of things you might want to see and do. But if you’re completely clueless, it’s time to start planning!

Here’s a quick guide to planning your perfect small trip

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Find out what’s popular in your area

When you’re thinking about what to do, it’s helpful to know what’s popular in your area. It can save you time and energy trying to squeeze in too much – and potential disappointment. Look up travel books, city pages, or online directories to get a rough idea of what’s popular.

Make a goals list

Another way to organize your thoughts is to make a goals list. This will help you separate what you might want to see from what you need to do to make it a reality. Once you have a rough outline of what you want to see and do, you can start thinking about what would help make those goals a reality.

Check out beforehand

There’s no need to try to get everywhere yourself. Once you have a rough idea of what you want, you can check out businesses and attractions that are popular in your area. Use their website or apps to find the best deals and plan your trip right in advance.

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Make a budget

Once you have a rough idea of what you’re willing to spend, it’s important to create a budget. This will help you sanity check your expenses and figure out what you can realistically afford.

Get organized

Once you have a budget and a goals list, it’s time to get organized. Start listing things by category, and then start Shadrackting your trip. This will help you quickly brainstorm what you might need and want to see.

Now that you know how to plan a perfect small trip, it’s time to get your feet wet and head to your favorite tourism district.