How to Make an Easy Travel Itinerary

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I used to cram so many details in my travel itinerary before.

7AM Shower in hotel


9AMCatch local bus to temple

And so on…

The result is I spent countless hours just poring over the details and snags only to result in dumping the whole itinerary during the actual travel because only about 20% of it was used.

For first time travelers, this is very common because you don’t want to miss a single scenic spot but then you’ll also end up stressed since you’re constantly running after the time. This itinerary is also ineffective that it eliminates the element of surprise which is one of the best aspects of a trip. Is it possible to have both? You bet. On my second trip to Indonesia, I wanted to keep things light and simple.Here’s how I did it:

1. List down all the places you want to visit on a sheet of paper.

2. Divide and prioritize the list into three –primary A (must see/must do/must eat), B (may see/may do/may eat) and secondary C (can wait). Estimate how many places you can visit within the time span of your trip.

2. Next to the primary destinations, write how you’re going to get there or the page numbers of its info in your Lonely Planet book.

Then it’s just a matter of crossing off the places your list when you’re done with it. It doesn’t matter when, just as long as you go there especially your primary destinations.

3. Create a detailed to-do list on your first day only.

To see a sample travel itinerary and detailed to-do list, click here. To know what happens when an itinerary comes in contact with the real world and the changes it undergoes, read this post. This is based on a real experience.

That’s it! You’re done.

Other related posts:

The Quick Pack List for a fast and easy list of things to bring while traveling

Sample Travel Itinerary

Lessons I Learned From Travel and Pics!– talks about why there is no excuse to travel and includes pics of my travels in Nepal, Mongolia, USA, Australia, Burma, Japan and more.

How To Create A Budget For Your Travel In Just Three Steps – shows you how to create a budget in a fast and easy way

How To Prepare For Your Trip The Lazy Way.

Your Passport Might Not Let You Travel- A Cautionary Tale in Immigration

The Real Travel Itinerary- What Really Happened

Spirit Possession in Cambodia- The Real Travel Itinerary 2

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10 thoughts on “How to Make an Easy Travel Itinerary

  1. ksyu says:

    Sorry this is late. Your comment got tagged as spam. Dunno how it got there.

    I suggest you write all of them down and then just prioritize them. If there’s just too many, you might have to do the process of elimination and get rid of those places that you don’t necessarily want to visit. Just ask yourself, ‘Which place should I go to that when I leave this country I won’t have any regrets?’

    Hope this helps.

  2. james says:

    Why does travel have to be about hitting a maximum amount of destinations in the shortest period of time? I think that is far too shallow an approach. Why not change your life and lifestyle in order to live in a different country for 3 months? 6 months?

    Learn something about the language and culture and people.

  3. rupreti says:

    …our vacation is in due for long time and we don’t want to make mistake that could make our traveling less interesting… so what is the best way to choose ‘travel agent’ when all says that they are the best !!! are they? who value of your every single penny?? it is all about accomplishing our due dreams with one or without… but we will….

  4. alex Ber says:

    Normally I do not read article on blogs, but I wish to say that
    this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me.
    Thanks, very nice post.

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