So you’re going on a trip? Whether it’s your first or your one hundredth, here are some tips to help you plan:
It’s best to do the research on your own and then organize into concrete days. For example, if I were planning a trip to Tokyo I would probably start by googling Tokyo itineraries. I might check out 10+ blogs to get a feel for the main attractions. I might buy a lonely planet book on Tokyo to corroborate a lot of my findings and get their expert perspective. TripAdvisor is a great source as well, and you can use the reviews to get a feel for the experience. Although it might get overwhelming, you will get more comfortable as you see the same site attractions across multiple different sources.
Once you have a laundry list of things to do from your research, it’s best to open up google maps and group together site attractions based on proximity. Once you have groups you can start planning out your days.
Depending on proximity, you should be able to achieve anywhere from 3–7 attractions per day. You’ll want to make sure you include places to eat within your itinerary as well. If there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that the restaurants you go to can easily make or break your experience. It’s a huge part of the travel experience, so you should definitely treat it equally as important as the site attractions. You can use the same process to look up restaurants (google, lonely planet, blogs, TripAdvisor, etc.) as you did before. Once you have a good list you can sprinkle them in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while you are planning out your days.
Oh, and don’t forget your hotel. Booking.com, Agoda, Hotels.com, and TripAdvisor are all good sources to use. The location of the hotel is very important. You’ll want to choose wisely here. Ask yourself, are the attractions in one particular area? If so, maybe it’s best to book a hotel in that area to avoid a lot of unnecessary walking. Is Uber relatively cheap? Maybe you can afford booking a hotel in a different area if you don’t plan on walking so much. Just make sure to use google maps before making a decision.
The take away here is that there’s no magic involved when creating a trip itinerary. You have to be resourceful. The internet is full of answers for you. You just need to piece together the puzzle on your own.
That’s all I have for now. Have fun on your journey!
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