4. Know Your Budget
Everything about trip planning becomes easier once you know your set budget. After that you can narrow down which hotels you can stay at, how many tours you can book, what kind of restaurants you can experience, and just how many times you can afford to hop into a taxi or Uber instead of chasing after a bus.

Not only will it help funnel your options and make creating an itinerary less stressful, but choosing a budget and staying on it will help your finances from exploding - which might deter you from trying again next year!