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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
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