Guide to plan your trip

Many times planning a trip is an exciting experience but it can become overwhelming because of everything that must be organized beforehand.

That is why we want you to have this guide to make planning your trip easier.

Choose your Destination

The first thing you should do is choose the destination you want to visit and find out what dates are optimal to visit it. You should take into account the weather, the time of your stay and the type of adventures you want to live so that finally you can plan it in your calendar.

In the investigation of your destination, it is important that you investigate what restrictions exist to enter the country due to the different COVID-19 protocols that may exist.

Create a Budget

Depending on the destination you have chosen, the daily cost of your trip varies. In addition, the way you want to make your trip will influence your budget.

It is important that you investigate what your best options are, in lodging, tours, rental and flights.

Also budget the money you are going to take in cash or what you are going to spend on souvenirs or extras.

Book your Flight, Lodging, and Car.

Depending on the dates you visit your destination, the cost will vary depending on the season in which it is, in addition to the availability of flights, lodging, and cars.

Search for your flight directly on airlines, compare prices and benefits they offer you.

When you go to book your lodging place, look for reviews of the places, photos, and above all that suits your needs, also you should take into account the proximity to the tourist attractions that you are going to visit.

As for your method of transportation, it is best to book a rental car for your comfort. By reserving a rental car, you do not depend on any schedule or the availability of transport services to be able to get to the places you want.

We recommend that you book your car in advance here.

Create an Itinerary

It is important that you organize your trip so that you make the most of your time and get to know everything you can.

Research ahead of time which are the must-see places to visit, which are the best free things to do, and what are the best excursions in the destination.

Hire Travel Insurance

It is always recommended when you travel that you have travel insurance that covers you at least:

  • Travel, medical and legal assistance
  • Trip interruption and cancellation
  • Coverage for disability or death, repatriation
  • Loss and/or breakage of luggage

Prepare your Suitcase in Advance

Create a list of everything you need and adapt it to the destination you are going to. Pack early so you don’t miss out on anything and don’t be late.

 

Ready! With these 6 tips, you’ll have a smooth ride.

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How does an escape to nature sound? Check out this blog for the best hiking spots and tips.

Hiking is one of the favorite activities for tourists who like adventure and connection with nature.

Check out our 5 best-recommended places to go hiking around the world and tips you could use along the way.

 

Half Dome, Yosemite

Cinque Terre, Italia

Barrancas del Cobre, México

El sendero de Kalalau , Hawái

Parque Nacional Chirripó, Costa Rica 

Regardless of the destination you choose, follow these tips so that you are prepared for the adventure.

 

Research the Route

It is important that you investigate the route of your destination and its conditions in advance. You must take into account where it begins and where it ends, approximately how many kilometers you are going to cover, and its level of difficulty.

Also, stay aware of the weather conditions.

It is important that once you have investigated the route and its difficulty, you train in advance so that when you reach your destination you can enjoy every moment. 

 

Wear the Right Clothing

The most recommended thing is that you use trekking boots or footwear suitable for the mountain, that has a thick sole, supports the ankle, and is waterproof.

This will avoid a sprained ankle or an unexpected slip.

As for the clothes you should wear, keep in mind that the weather can change at any time, you should wear comfortable and easy-to-carry clothing that dries quickly in case it rains or gets wet.

Use a backpack that gives you support in the shoulders, lower back, and hips.

Protect yourself from the sun, don’t forget to wear a hat and sunscreen, due to how solar radiation is stronger in the mountains and you should avoid burns.

 

Use Hiking Poles 

The poles used for hiking will provide adequate support for you to maintain your balance and reduce the impact of weight on your joints. Without a doubt, they are an essential item in your adventure.

 

Hydration and Energy

When you need extra energy you should always have nuts, energy bars, fruit, or cookies on hand. Do not eat anything heavy on the way, and make sure your stops are 10 minutes each.

To hydrate yourself, always have your drink at hand, we recommend you to carry at least a liter and a half of water, or hydrating drinks, never carry carbonated soft drinks. Sip constantly.

 

Indications

Although you inform yourself about the route beforehand, it is advisable to take a map or a GPS in case you need orientation.

 

Keep your Own Pace

Do not rush to reach the top, try to maintain a constant speed so that you maintain your energy throughout the journey, make sure you take walks according to your physical capacity.

Remember to be a responsible tourist and take care of the environment when you visit these natural areas.

Tell us what you think of these recommendations, remember that with Economy you can always count on discovering incredible places.

 

Looking for Some Rays of Sun While still Being Safe?

Check out these 5 tips that’ll help you enjoy your favorite beaches while taking care of your health this summer. 

 

As you already know, the COVID-19 virus continues with an increase in cases, therefore trips must be planned responsibly. 

It’s important we follow all recommendations like the use of a mask, safety distance between people and hand washing, as well as other more specific ones for beaches, swimming pools, tourist routes or bar terraces.

Following these tips will not only reduce the possibility of infection, it will also help us take care of our health.

 

Bring the essentials

When you visit the beach, these are some of the items you should carry with you: face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, a bottle of water, and hopefully a hat to prevent the sun from reaching your face directly.

 

Research the beach you want to visit

Make sure to visit beaches that are mostly empty or with fewer people.

Maintain an ideal distance of two meters between groups that are on the beach. 

 

Avoid crowds at the beach or swimming pools

If your destination is a beach or you like to be in a pool, pay attention to the maximum capacity policies and keep a safe distance of 2 meters.

Avoid using hand sanitizer to enter the sea or the pool in combination with solar radiation, it can cause burns, especially on the most sensitive skins.

Disinfect the surfaces where you put your belongings and when you return to your stay take a shower.

 

Wear a face mask

Under no circumstances is it good to bathe with a face mask, but it is important that you have it on while you move from one place to another. A face mask will help you have fewer chances of getting COVID and enjoy your vacations to the fullest. 

When you want to change your mask on the beach, you should have a plastic or paper bag on hand to store the dirty one until you can throw it away.

 

Sunbath

Although too much sun is negative for our skin, it is necessary that we expose ourselves to it moderately in order to obtain vitamin D, which contributes to the strengthening of our immune system, always using sunscreen.

If you want to get to know beaches, the ideal thing will be to do it in a private vehicle to avoid contact with other people. Still, it is important to be careful, especially at tolls, gas stations, or places where you buy food.

Remember that you can explore all of your favorite beaches with Economy.

 

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Get to know the 5 active volcanoes in Costa Rica.

Here are some tips for when you visit them

Visiting volcanoes and national parks is a unique experience for both tourists and nationals, and Costa Rica offers you a variety of options for you to visit.

Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

Arenal Volcano

Poás Volcano

Irazú Volcano

Turrialba Volcano

 

Keep in mind that each volcano has different restrictions due to the current COVID situation.

Plan your trip 

Due to the country’s situation, it is important that you seek information in advance about the operation of the parks.

So you can reserve your space in the different tours that they offer you.

Here you get information about the national parks.

Travel with the right gear

The visit to the volcano usually includes a hiking route in the surroundings, so it is convenient to have the right footwear to walk a few kilometers where you can enjoy the landscape.

We also advise you to bring comfortable clothing and a coat, as well as sunglasses, sunscreen, and a bottle of water.

Follow the prompts

It is advised that the rules established by the authorities of the area are followed at all times. If an area is closed because it is considered unsafe, don’t risk it.

Many people have had accidents because they ignored warnings from authorities.

Find an authorized guide

Although it is possible to visit some volcanoes with a guide or independently, in others, especially those that are active, it is necessary to have an authorized person to guide the route. It is essential to follow the guide’s instructions at all times.

Remember that visiting a volcano implies direct contact with the environment. For this reason, it is important to respect the environment, not disturb the animals or uproot, collect or extract plants and minerals, as well as alter any other natural element.

Follow these tips to make your experience unique, tell us in the comments which of these volcanoes you already know