Everyone loves to travel and seeing a new destination and exploring its many attractions brings a smile to our face. However, when you think of planning your itinerary, it may get incredibly overwhelming. Traveling is not just choosing your destination, buying a flight ticket, and booking accommodations. It would help if you had a proper itinerary to enjoy your vacation. From helping you get around from one place to another, and ensuring that you visit all the prominent landmarks, to sorting out your visa if you are traveling internationally, an organized itinerary helps you plan your holiday smoothly and without any stress.
Pick up the destination.
Pick your destination keeping in mind the weather, accessibility, tourist season, and safety. You may want to go on a beach vacation, an adventure trip, a wildlife safari, or relax in the mountains.
Duration of your trip
Deciding on the duration of your trip is another crucial step. You should have enough days to enjoy the place you are visiting but not too many that you start getting bored. Deciding the length of your trip is also connected to your budget.
Make travel plans together.
Traveling with a group, say with your partner, family, or friends, everyone must get involved and plan the trip together. This ensures that everyone’s opinions, likes, and dislikes are considered before putting together the itinerary.
Research on the destination
Once you zero down on the destination, research thoroughly about the destination. Check out the weather, culture, food, people, top attractions, activities, currency, local laws and regulations, and everything else that will help you enjoy the holiday in this place. You can read guidebooks, travel magazines, and blogs, gather as much information as you can and take notes. If you are traveling to a destination during the peak season, expect an increase in flights, hotels, entry fees for attractions, and so on.
Decide your budget
Having a budget is one of the crucial steps to planning a great vacation. Depending on your destination, the cost of moving around, visiting attractions, food, accommodation, etc., will change. Traveling to a foreign country is way more expensive than traveling within your country. So, you need to have a budget in place and stick to it as much as possible, or you may end up overspending. But do budget a little more than required for any unforeseen situations that may arise when you travel.
Complete all the paperwork on time
If you are going on an international vacation, it is better to complete all your paperwork well in advance. If you are traveling from, say, Dubai to Turkey, apply for your Turkey visa from Dubai at least six to eight weeks before your travel date to avoid any last-minute disappointments. Always get good travel insurance to cover mishaps, accidents, health issues, lost luggage, theft, etc.
Check the weather
It is advisable to check the weather on the dates you visit and daily a week before you travel. You don’t want to be caught in a tornado, storm, or natural disaster that may dampen all your travel plans. Many outdoor activities, like snorkeling, white water rafting, scuba diving, jungle safaris, paragliding, etc., are closed during the off-season. While researching the weather, check if popular activities you plan to do are open during that season.
Plan activities for every day
While trying a new activity impulsively is always exciting, it is always better to have a travel itinerary in place. Make a list of all the main activities you want to enjoy and all the places you want to visit. Look for great discounts while booking group tours or indulging in a new activity. For example, a group tour to visit Butterfly Valley in Turkey or a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia may cost you less if you are in a group rather than solo. Traveling can also be very exhaustive, so always schedule a free day or two in your itinerary. You can participate in a new activity that you hadn’t accounted for, go on a shopping spree, book a spa session, or relax in your hotel room and catch up on sleep.