A travel itinerary is a schedule of events relating to planned travel.
Keyword : PLANNED TRAVEL
Yes. A travel itinerary will help you to plan your travel better. In general, it will include destinations to be visited at specified times and means of transportation to move between those destinations.
Nine out of 10 times, travellers created a near-perfect itinerary before they even started packing. Trust me, the process is really exciting!
There is plenty of modern itinerary-making tools, from websites to mobile apps, and all these websites and apps allow travellers to build and plan their trip timelines as well as sharing their travel plans with loved ones.
The secret IN creating a great itinerary
The secret (not anymore) of creating a great travel itinerary depends on a few factor. Do remember that a travel itinerary might serve different purposes for different kinds of travellers.
Do Your Research
First of all, you need to know about your destination and what it has to offer. From there, you need to know what you want to do, what you want to be included in your journey.
Simply go to google and search what you want. Example ' top attraction in Kuching'.
Your goal is to know where you want to go, how to get there, the pricing and so on.
You may refer to any website and take as many information that will help you to come out with an itinerary.
I remember how it took me about two to three days to plan my first solo travel to Bali in 2018.
Tips : Try to find more personal stories and blogs, instead of large generic sites that can give you only a touristy perspective.
Divide a City into Sections
After you did your research on where to go and so on, divide your city into a few section or days that you want to cover the area. Rely on google maps for this.
For me, a well-planned itinerary should connect the place of interest smoothly and always consider the distance of locations from the hotel or from another place of interest.
Then, I will decide on which day to visit and put it in a way that I can visit as much as possible on a single journey.
Because, keep in mind that if you are renting a bike or a car, hopping from one location to another is not a problem, but if you are travelling by foot or even taking a Grab, then it would be easier and cheaper to cover a certain area in one single trip.
Take this as an example; it will be a good idea if you divide Kuching in two area. A, Padang Merdeka area on the left of the map and B, Padungan Road on the right.
You may visit all the attractions near Padang Merdeka on day 1, and on day 2, start with area B.
But again, its all depends on the distance. Since most of the attraction in Kuching area are quite close and compact, you can easily start from Tuo Pek Kong and end your walk at maybe The Old Courthouse.
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Write Your Itinerary Down
Once you decide your itinerary, do write it down either in your travel journal, book, or even a soft copy version of note or apps. I believe everyone has a smartphone, and there are a 'note' apps inside there and use it! If don't, just download one.
I prefer the traditional way - using a notebook. Because as I keep moving, I will jot down all the related information or keep whatever receipt in the book just in case I need to refer it later (for my write-up). Another options, I just create it using a website called Inspirock. It will look something like this :
Be Flexible & Realistic
Do always remember that your itinerary is not a contract. It’s more like a rough draft written in a properway as a guideline for you. Sometimes; things will go wrong. Weather is not on your side, delays at the airport or whatnot.
So, please consider scheduling a free day into your itinerary or comeout with a backup plan.
During your trip, you’ll discover some worthwhile attractions you didn’t know about prior to your departure.
Be realistic on your planning as well. Yes, the destination has a lot to offer, but it doesn't mean that you need to cover it all in one day! It might look do-able on paper, but again, in real-life it will be a lot different.
Sometimes the unexpected is the most memorable part of the journey