You might think that making an itinerary for a trip is pointless when you want to go with the flow, which might be the right thing to do when you are out of options or lost in the valleys. Having proper planning before heading out for a trip can help in great ways for quick decision making and stressfree travel. It also helps in managing the return journey.
The itinerary is the list of options you have for any kind of needs throughout the journey. It may seem unnecessary but can help a lot in reducing the hassle during the trip so that you can enjoy all of your time exploring. For making an itinerary, you will have to start gathering the information about the place you are planning to visit starting from the flight, buses, accommodations, etc. Also, make sure to keep writing down the things you are carrying with you. Not only will it help in deciding what you need to carry during the trip, it will also keep track of what you can forget while returning from the trip. Having a copy of the trip throughout the journey will help you in travelling under your budget, making better decisions, keep track of time and also a safe journey. An itinerary will also help in finding you in case you get lost. Hand over a copy of your itinerary to your trusted friend or family member. They can track you down with the help of your plan, in case you get lost and unable to connect with anyone. In the end, keeping an itinerary will give you peace of mind and a simplified list of choices to avoid any confusion during the journey.
Here are a few things that you need to research and mention in your itinerary:
Do your research and select a place to stay at your destination. Include the address and contact details of that place. Mention whether it is a hotel, a lodge, or a guest house. Keep a tick box if the room is confirmed or not. Write down the amount you paid for the room and any other facility that you paid for. Keep the number of the travel agent who connected you to this accommodation.
Get your flight, train, bus, or any transport expenditure is written down in separate columns. Write down the ticket route, timing, and confirmation on the booking. Write the amount you paid for the tickets and also the bus, train, or flight number.
Check out the tourism companies and find out the touring programs in your destination. Choose your tour plans and note them down in your itinerary. Write the amounts paid in advance for all the tour packages and keep updating during the trip.
Find out what the places which tourism places do not cover, Use the internet for finding out about the culture and special cuisines of the place. Make sure your list includes everything you need to try out.
You should also note down the contact details of the local embassy, state department headquarters, and other security contacts such as police, and hospitals for any emergencies. This information will differ for each and every travel.
In the end, when you finish the journey, this itinerary can be the page for your travel diary with all the accurate records of things you did and experienced throughout the journey, which is never a bad idea.