Challenge #3: Itinerary Planning
Whether you’re traveling to new places, or just to see in-laws or outlaws, Itinerary planning is important.
It’s usually important to have a general idea of where you want to go and what you want to do. It take time and effort to travel, and you don’t want to miss out on something you otherwise would have loved.
With online reviews, travel guides and articles, vacation promotions, different travel requirements and restrictions (depending on your destination), it’s easy to get overwhelmed to the point of considering not going at all.
Also, you don’t want to over-plan and miss out on some spontaneous adventure.
Some Thoughts for Itinerary Planning
Itinerary planning is a fine art.
Not enough and you can waste hours organize a day of activities. Too much and you might miss out on something wonderful and unplanned. Try to find a happy middle that is comfortable to you.
Prepare by knowing something about where you’re going. And don’t forget to consider everyone traveling with you. Children can sometimes slow down pace and keep you from doing certain activities, but the kind of relationship building you do with them by bringing them along is almost always worth all the sacrifices.
Here are a few planning ideas that might help:
– Read Blog Posts
Blog posts can be a great way to get lots of very useful information in a (usually) brief format. Plus, you’re usually getting information from people who have experienced it.
– Buy a Travel Guide
Even in the digital age, travel guides are great for planning an itinerary.
They give you all the must see attractions of a place, as well as recommendations for where to stay and what to eat. If your visiting someplace new, take one with you. Don’t follow all the recommendations, but discover and find out what tips are valuable.
- Leverage the Power of Online Communities:
Online communities are your best friend when you’re planning an itinerary.
They’re great places to ask questions about your plans. You can ask advice on where to go, for tips on what to see and/or for insider info on what the country’s really like. You can find honest answers to anything.