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A beginner’s guide to planning your itinerary

Written by Fiona

May 28 2021

According to some, travelling without a plan, besides purchasing a one-way airline ticket, is the best way to see a place. For many others, however, they feel more comfortable with a plan. It helps to feel secure in the understanding of where you will sleep each night, when the train or flight will depart for the next trip and what are the primary attractions and events in each location.

An itinerary guarantees that your vacation will work out well and that you can make the most of your valuable time. By creating an itinerary, you can use that time for more enjoyable activities when overseas.

You can, of course, hire a travel agency to plan it for you. You may well spend more on your vacation than arranging everything by yourself. There are also several applications and websites that can assist you in planning your vacation.

While creating your itinerary necessitates some skill and practice, particularly for more complex trips, we believe that anyone can do it. The secret to any well-planned vacation schedule is planning early and allowing some room for expansion. If you think planning your itinerary is too much for you, Going Awesome Places provides itineraries & travel guides that are incredibly detailed.

How long will the trip be?

You cannot assess the expense for a vacation or find out whether you can afford it unless you can determine for how long you will be away.

Are you planning to stay for a week? A few weeks? How about a month? A calendar year? Determine your overall duration and proceed accordingly. To some extent, this depends on the duration of leave granted by your company.

Set a budget

Establish a reasonable budget for yourself as early as you can. This will influence the location you pick, the flights and accommodation you book, and the number of places you may visit. You do not want to create a great itinerary just to realise that financially it is unaffordable.

How much is available today, and what can you save before booking your flights and hotel? Or currency rates? You can consider checking the best exchange rates at Consider soliciting contributions for your vacation budget from friends and family as birthday and Christmas gifts.

Unfortunately, specific adventures may surpass your financial resources. When you’re back and forth with decision-making, ask yourself whether there is something you have to do or go to, while other trips might be possible to miss. For example, if the idea of avoiding a visit to your grandfather’s hometown keeps you awake at night, maybe it’s worth cutting costs elsewhere.

There are, of course, several methods to maximise your adventure. You may visit during the end or off-season, research the market for inexpensive airfare and accommodation discounts, and therefore reduce your vacation expenses.

Besides, you need to determine the currency used in the location of your choosing and the current conversion rate. An excellent method to save funds is by going to a place where the exchange rate is affordable.

Destination selection

After establishing a budget and timetable, you should choose a location. Is there a specific location or activity that you believe should be included on our must-see travel list? That might be the basis for a whole vacation. 

If it is your first trip, and you do not have a wishlist in the itinerary, start by reading a few blogs, browsing Instagram and purchasing some travel publications for ideas. What catches your eye? Is there anything else that demands your attention? 

Suppose you’ve had a particular country or location in mind. In that case, it’s worth checking to find out whether there is anything special going on at that time of the year that might enhance your trip. Do you have any festivals in mind that you’d want to attend or participate in? However, take into account if the location is extremely crowded at that time. 

Finally, keep an eye on the weather forecast. You do not want to waste your whole vacation in the rain.

Packing bags

Do not start packing just before your vacation. Rather, create a travel itinerary and consider what you will need to carry at least one week beforehand. You will almost certainly need to add a few more items, including a suntan lotion, raincoat, or insect repellent.

You may even want to re-evaluate your luggage selection. Are you planning an excursion, and will you need a backpack? Examine your luggage. Check whether its wheels remain functional, does it meet the airline’s size requirements, and if it is large enough?  The longer you wait to pack, the more likely you will forget something vital. 

Last-minute preparation

You are still not done because there will always be a few more details to attend to. Consider having your money converted to the local currency, booking kennels or a pet sitter and remember to notify your credit card provider that you will be traveling overseas. You don’t want them to block your card when you’re abroad.

While you’re at it, you may also inquire about whether you’ll be charged a fee to use your card overseas. Also, it is important to research the location and accessibility of ATMs at your destination.

Enjoying the trip

Being organised is beneficial and it will eliminate tension and enable you to enjoy your location thoroughly. As the adage goes, a failure to plan is a plan to fail.

Avoid arranging everything to the smallest detail. A tiny bit of flexibility enhances the flavour of any itinerary. It is often seen that the most unforgettable encounters are ones that occur unexpectedly.

However, keep in mind that the itinerary is not a legally binding contract. It is a preliminary draft, a sketch of your vacation. Things are certain to go wrong. Restaurants and activities may shut without warning. You may miss the transportation, or your flight may be delayed as a result. Your companion may get ill. Avoid being overwhelmed by this and, instead, be ready for a little unpredictability.

Conclusion: It’s advisable to include some exploring time in your plan. While on vacation, you probably may learn about an attraction that you were not aware of. You may even find yourself wishing to extend your stay in a specific location. Take a detour off the usual path, explore side streets, and dine like the locals. This is the most effective approach to go from tourist to traveler. Some activities are best when included in the itinerary, and some aren’t. After all, isn’t the main focus of travel to discover something new?

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