Your Ideas. Once you’ve determined a destination, write down some of the things you want to see and do. Then decide what’s most important to you and begin plugging activities into your itinerary.
Your Budget. Start checking prices for flights and hotels. If you have miles, use them! Research the cheapest time of year to book a trip to your destination, as many flights and hotels are cheaper in the off-season.
Your Plan. As a general rule of thumb: The farther you’re traveling, the farther in advance you want to start booking your travel plans — from flights to activities to hotels — to ensure your trip of a lifetime is one you’ll treasure for a lifetime.