All ready. Our savings and energy will be concentrated in a trip, no matter the distance or time, one of the first things that must be taken into account is planning.
In a few words, a travel itinerary refers to the activities to be carried out during the time of your departure and how you will organize your time according to your budget and days (or even hours) available.
Although there are travelers who prefer to let themselves go and carry out activities according to the circumstances of the destination, making a travel itinerary has advantages and will help them manage their money, and more importantly: their time. This does not mean that we leave flexibility aside, but rather that we can anticipate some aspects of our adventure to get the most out of it.
One of the most common questions on Alan around the world’s social networks and media has to do with organizing your trip and if you are here for that reason, we share some tips to create your own experience.
This is one of the most important aspects when making an itinerary. Because from the time we have available, we can make a plan with what we want to visit.
Whether it’s a weekend getaway or two months in Southeast Asia, we all have “must dos” that we don’t want to give up, because they are often the very reason for the trip.
What cities, countries or places do you want to visit?
Imagine for a moment that the museum you wanted to visit closes on Tuesdays and your last day in the city is precisely Tuesday, you missed it!
Research will be your best ally and you can, based on it, make your tentative schedules, without forgetting flexibility and outlining what you want to do.
In an ideal world this aspect would be the least of it, but budgets are essential when making decisions.
Whether they use savings, loans or a credit card, the limit of their expenses together with the previous points will allow them to choose:
The most convenient time of the year: by the high or low season, the length of the days and the weather during the trip.
The most efficient route: transportation and the best time to travel.
Reservations: buy tickets online and find out the schedules of the attractions.
A good way to start is by day and zones. In your planning, look for places that are close to each other and put them on the same day, so you will spend less money and time.
When looking for your accommodation, consider the time of entry and exit (check in) to take advantage of the times between your arrival and the moment you use the room. In most of the lodgings you will find lockers to leave your luggage and go out to see the surroundings.
Write down your plans. Our memory is not always the best ally and having a visual control of their activities will give them the opportunity to visualize it and, where appropriate, delete or add activities. A spreadsheet, presentation, or productivity app are some options you can try until you find your favorite.
Don’t forget flexibility. If your dates permit, leave a couple of days or hours for any setbacks, to rest or in case you want to return or enjoy some place more.
Learn to prioritize. Time is our worst enemy, no matter how fast it is, it is not always possible to do everything you want and enjoy it. Before running to cross off more places, choose those that mean the most to you and leave aside those that cause you problems due to distance, time or even cost.
If you travel with someone, take their opinions into account and make it part of the trip design, so you will avoid bad times and the experience will be collective and memorable.
Have fun planning. The most fun part of a trip is enjoying it three times: imagining it,