STEP BY STEP ITINERARY GUIDE
Planning your itinerary for an upcoming trip is an interesting process. You get to piece together all the things you love in your travel destination and get the first glimpse of what your trip will look like.
However, I know people feel overwhelmed while putting together a 1-week itinerary or a 3-day itinerary. But with the right tools and easy steps to follow, planning your trip itinerary will, in fact, be interesting.
After all, creating your own personal itinerary is simply following steps that will narrow down the broad choice of options and things to do in your chosen destination.
Once your list of options and ideas has been narrowed down, it will be much easier to create an ideal travel route and itinerary that will work for you.
In this travel blog I have put together everything you need to know to plan a custom travel itinerary.
Every step will guide you through the process. And in the end, creating a plan for your upcoming trip will be much more simplified.
Summary of steps to follow:
- Set A budget
- Research your destination
- List all your ideas, activities and things you want to do
- Pin everything on a map
- Research transportation options
- Create a route for your itinerary
- Be flexible/don’t cram up each day
PLANNING TRIPS IN 2021
With the current situation, planning a trip will need some more research compared to pre-Covid 19 trip planning.
We know this from a personal experience where we paid over $400 in visa fees and agent fees for a trip in Indonesia. Although we did receive our visas, was in a complete lockdown and travel bans were implemented during the time we were supposed to travel.
Our mistake was mainly not following what was going on in Indonesia during the time we were planning our trip or before paying for the Visas. (we actually received our visas but were of no use due to the restrictions)
Therefore, due to these situations, it is essentials to follow news related to any destinations you have in mind. And if the situation is getting worse, you may have to resort to Plan B and find another destination.
As things stand right now, FLEXIBILITY is probably one of the best solutions if you are determined to travel any time soon. Being flexible will allow you to change plans and choose an alternative destination if your planned trip and destination implement travel restrictions.
With many travel insurance policies covering COVID-19 related health problems, it is now important more than ever to get yourself covered. And it is a misconception that travel insurance has to be expensive.
FIGURE OUT YOUR BUDGET
Determine how much you want to spend on the entire trip. Then divide the amount into expenses like accommodation, restaurants, activities, entrance fees and so on.
Knowing how much you want to spend will narrow down all the options for places that fit within your budget.
This will also make you more in control and help not overspend which is very common while on vacation.
RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION
Although researching your destination may seem obvious, many people tend to travel to destinations simply because someone in their family or friends recommended that particular place.
However, not everyone has the same interests. So it is best to do your own research and know if the destination actually interests you.
Researching your destination offers a glimpse into all the activities, sightseeing, tourist spots, and things to do once you get there. And you can also check out accommodation that will work for you.
For a quick overview of what a destination offers, type into the Google search box “tourist spots in X”. This will bring up a list of activities. You can also get a rough idea of how popular that particular place is by taking note of how many people have left a review and see the rating between 1 and 5 stars.
And for more in-depth information on any particular tourist spot go onto the Lonely Planet website. It is probably one of the best resources while planning your itinerary.
Do you want to go on vacation but have no idea how to choose your destination?
You can follow the 7 steps in this guide to help you narrow down your options and figure out which destination is right for you.
LIST YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES
When you have done researching the destination, take note of all your ideas. List all the activities in your travel itinerary. Include activities, tourists spots, and places (hotels, guesthouses, villas) you want to stay.
While you are listing everything you like, you can also write a small description for each place. For example, take note of opening hours and entrance fees for museums or parks, and prices for any hotels you like. These notes will help you with any future references.
If there are lots of fun activities and you don’t know where to begin, start from the things you absolutely have to include in your itinerary.
When creating a list of places to include on your vacation itinerary, be realistic and keep in mind the duration of your trip compared to all the things you want to do. You don’t want to end up with many places to visit.
If your list does end up too long compared to your trip duration, don’t worry.
Ask yourself these questions to narrow down your list.
- what are my favourite activities?
- what type of tourist spots do I like most?
- did this type of attraction interest me ever before?
- is this attraction worthwhile the journey?
- are there any similar attractions that aren’t worth seeing both?
- are any attractions too expensive?
Asking yourself these questions will help you narrow down the list of ideas. Finally, you should have a list of things that really interest you.
If you still don’t know what activities or tourist spots may interest you, why not consider pre-booking a day tour? Day tours are a great way to combine a few highlights of your destination in a single day. And also, pre-booking tours is essential when visiting popular destinations where tickets tend to sell out in advance. You can check out the 2 sites pre book day tours.
PIN & CATEGORIES EVERYTHING ON A MAP
Pinning your list of ideas onto a map will give you a visualization of your travel plan. As you pin everything onto a map you will be putting everything into perspective.
Doing this will also help determine how to plan out your days and which activities are near each other and should be combined together.
Pinning all your ideas onto an online map can easily be done with Google maps trip planner. Google maps is a free online and is straightforward to use.
MOVING AROUND – TRANSPORTATION
Knowing what transportation options a destination offers is an essential part of planning an itinerary.
Although in some destinations like big cities, you are spoilt for choice with transport options, it is still a good idea to research what options are best for you.
The best way to research transportation is to know what places you want to visit and also have a good idea on the area of your hotel.
You can then check what are the alternatives and figure out what option fits within your budget.
BOOKING YOUR HOTELS
Have you ever booked a hotel only to realize you were just too far away from everything? Well, with your detailed travel itinerary and all your ideas pinned on a google map it will be easier than ever to figure out which hotel or which location works best for you.
Choosing your ideal area or hotel to stay in will depend entirely on your travel plan.
If your plan is to move around and visit tourist spots using public transport or maybe even walk, choose a place that is centrally located and close to a large number of the places you want to visit.
Once you know which area you want to stay in, go to Agoda.com and search for the latest deals on any type of accommodation.
You can easily find the best accommodation for you by using the filter menu and choosing the type of stay that you want. Agoda also offers the advantage to sort by price, popularity, rating score and even distance to nearby tourist spots and attractions.
TIP: booking directly with a hotel is usually more expensive than if you book your stay form elsewhere. Before putting in your booking reservation, take a quick look for that place on Agoda.com. The price is most often cheaper.
Leaving a day off or free from any plans may seem to contradict the whole point of planning a trip. However, there are a few reasons to consider not planning one of your days. That is unless you are on a short vacation or just a weekend break.
Although having a fixed of what you are going to do and places you want to see, sometimes it works against you. What I mean is that you will be constantly focused on your plan with no time to slow down and enjoy your destination.
Slowing down and just wandering out often leads to places you may have never come across if that day was planned. This could be anything from a cute cafeteria to a picturesque alley or just wandering off the usual tourist trail and into a more cultural part of your destination.
Being spontaneous during your trip will lead to things you probably hadn’t considered including in your travel plan. And you will be surprised how often, the outcome is usually one of the highlights of your entire trip.
That brings us to the conclusion of this detailed travel itinerary guide. I hope you find this guide helpful and serves the purpose for times when you don’t know how to start putting together your holiday itinerary.
If you found this guide useful pin it on Pinterest for future reference and share it with family and friends. You will probably help them create a better plan.
Click Here To Read All Our Travel Tips Guides
Do you want to know more useful travel tips that will help plan your future trips?
Subscribe to our email list to receive tips and detailed itineraries for amazing places around the world that will spark your travel inspiration.
Follow Us On Pinterest.