Planning an itinerary is important so that you don’t make a mistake traveling from one side of the city to the other, just to go back to where you started. It will save you precious time, as well as money on transportation. It’s great for making sure you fit in all the activities you want to do if you’re on a tight schedule.
1. What is your budget? If you want to take a train instead of a plane because its cheaper, but will take longer, you want to make sure to leave yourself enough time for that.
2. How long do you want to be on vacation? This is important, so you can know how much time you have to work with for the trip and how much time you need to request off of work.
3. When do you want to go? I suggest having an idea around what month, then you can work with the dates to find flights on the cheapest date.
4. Where do you want to go? I like to make a list of the most importation places I want to see, then I go to whichever has the cheapest flights for the trip. For example, if I find a round-trip flight from LAX to Paris for $400, but I found a ticket to Mexico City for $250, ill go for the Paris flight, because its the best deal for the trip and I know I can find another great deal easier to Mexico, since I have the option of leaving out of the San Diego, California or Tijuana, Mexico locations. (I’m located in San Diego)
5. How long does it take to get there? There’s a big difference in planning a trip that is going to require a two-hour drive and an entire day. If I have a small amount of time, such as a three day weekend, then I’ll go somewhere that only takes two to four hours, but if I have a week, then I’ll take a longer trip that will take longer, such as the nine-hour flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.
6. What do you want to do? Be sure to take into account how much time each of these activities will take including how long it takes to get there, how long the activity will take, and if there is a line. If I’m going to wait in line for over an hour, it better be a damn good experience. Like it better steal my heart and refuse to give it back.
7. How close each activity is to one another? I like to sign into Google maps and pin each location so that I can travel in one big circle.
Now that you know all this, you can start to build your itinerary. Be sure to give yourself enough time between each activity to account for travel time, getting lost, and stopping at random beautiful places to take pics. The most unexpected beauty is the best kind of beauty after all. What do you consider when planning your itinerary?