You might be asking yourself how can you plan your travels to get the most out of your travels. There is always so much to see and do that it can become overwhelming but with a great travel itinerary, you will be sorted. Here are a few tips on how to create your perfect travel itinerary.
1. Identify the goal of your trip
Are you traveling to relax? If yes, you should choose a calm place in most cases in nature with a bit on the luxury side of things. You won’t be doing many activities, so the place you plan to stay should be perfect and have in-house activities.
If your focus is to explore and have some adventure, your accommodation should be at the center of all or most of your activities. Once you have a destination in mind you are one step ahead.
Ideas: Relax – Beaches and Spas; Adventure – Watersports and Safaris.
2. Make a list of the top things you like about the destination
Make a list of what attracted you to choose or consider this destination and what activities you want to do.
Write them down from the most important ones first and plan to do them according to the list. If you get short of time to do everything on the list, you would have at least done the most important ones.
3. Do a quick research on TripAdvisor
Tripadvisor is a website that compiles millions of reviews of various tourism-related establishments (hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cruises, etc). More than ever, the tourism industry depends on online word-of-mouth. That is, the reviews that their clients leave for them.
You can search for top-rated things about the destination and see what experiences others had when doing those.
4. Get insight from social media
You can see the pictures others have taken and get ideas on where to go while at your destination. This also helps you envision yourself being there.
You can search on social media with geographical locations or hashtags.
5. Be realistic with your time
Remember you are only one person and all destinations have so many activities to do and places to see and you can’t do it all in one week or so. With the list, you made from step two you should choose the most important things you want to do and cancel all the others.
At least do two to three activities per day and leave space for rest and spontaneity. You can’t have back-to-back activities all day which leaves you exhausted at the end of every day. You will end up not enjoying your trip as you will just be focused on ticking off something on the list.
6. Explore by area
Make your list by area as well and you complete all the activities in one place before moving to the next. This will help you save on the cost as well. You shouldn’t be going back and forth in the same places.
7. Research Travel restrictions and requirements
You should also research the travel restrictions and requirements of each place before you go. With covid19 a lot of requirements have been put in place for you to be eligible to travel. Make sure you have all the required documentation.
8. Choose your accommodation wisely
You should get your location right. The accommodation should be easily accessible to everything. You shouldn’t be traveling for so long to get to your necessities.
You should also think of the mode of transportation you will be using while at your destination.
9. Don’t be afraid to hire a travel guide
You will definitely pay for one but this person knows the place way better than you, you are guaranteed safety while being with them and they can show you all the hidden gems that are not available or shown on the internet.
10. Remember travel is unpredictable
You can have the perfect itinerary but it’s not guaranteed that everything will go exactly according to plan. Travel is always a gamble as you never truly know what will happen. Be open to change and making decisions on the go.
Having an itinerary is good, as it helps you navigate your trip and get the most out of everything.