Planning your Itinerary in detail is one of the important and inevitable things in your Travel. Of course! Traveling without a plan sounds super cool but is not a good idea with every place.
An itinerary describes the list of places you visit and things to do during a trip. So missing out on this step and planning spontaneously may cause you to miss some relevant things or places. And there are certain points to note while planning an itinerary.
- Know the specialty of your destination.
A country like Italy has diversified specialties. Amalfi is rich with port beaches, Rome for culture, Venice for the beautiful canals. So if you know where you want to visit, it will be much better.
- Finalize the arrival airport for destinations that have alternate airports
For countries having multiple major airports, you need to select the most convenient one which is nearby your major sites, accommodation, and budget. Also, figure out how easy it’ll be to get from one place to the next.
- Time of the year & Major attractions to visit
The main point to be noted is that that some destinations are completely shut down in certain seasons. And even some attractions like museums are opened only on certain days. There would be festivals/events going on which makes the place more crowded and that may affect your accommodation.
- Duration of your stay
If you are planning to stay only for a couple of days, it is good to cover the main attractions that need less travel and could possibly cover the places. Else you can explore hidden gems, go for adventurous trips, and so on.
- Familiarize with the layout of the city and the public transportation.
You cannot always depend on the same mode of transportation in every country you visit. Some countries have their best and safest mode by taxis and some others have public transport likes buses/trams/metros. And when you know the layout of the city and major landmarks, it will be helpful in commuting from one place to another.
- Food Culture.
Every place has its own culinary varieties. you can nowhere else get the authentic experience in enjoying the delicacies other than the place of origin. If you are a person who loves to treat your taste buds, knowing beforehand is useful. also to avoid allergies if any of the ingredients or food varieties are forbidden to you.
For our first international trip, we were confused about choosing the countries to Visit. Though we had fixed it to be Europe the countries were yet to be decided as Schengen visa covers 28 countries. So we had to think about various factors like:
- Duration of a trip to know how many countries we could cover.
- The convenience of inter-country travel since traveling to border sharing countries is easier and less time-consuming.
- Noting down the Bucket list places/Major attractions.
Taking in account of all this, we finalized our final itinerary.