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Obsessed with organizing? Follow this guide to create a near-perfect travel schedule

Updated: Dec 6, 2019


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"A goal without a plan is just a wish" - Antoine de Saint-Exupery


I agree with this statement 100%. We all have those moments when we say, "Oh! I would love to visit Japan someday" or "Let's go to Turkey this year!" Two minutes later we forget it and then during the short bursts of more wishful thinking & procrastination, we again imagine ourselves in our bucket-listed countries.



Once a travel wish is formed, immediately write it down. Create an estimate on the amount you would need to save per month to go to, let's say the two countries we are eyeing for, Turkey or Japan after 6-8 months. If you ask us, we have faced frustration, excitement, dead-ends, and sometimes a complete blank state of mind while jotting down a travel itinerary. In order to avoid such pain-in-the-butt situations, we have come up with a short & sweet guide to allow you dive into planning right away. At the end of this blog, you will also find a free template to download which you can start filling up for the location you choose to travel.


(Coming Soon: A budget guide for budget travelers)


Advantages of having a travel schedule:


  1. Avoiding the frustration of visiting attractions on the day they are closed.

  2. Avoiding tourists scams to an extent.Utilization of public transport over personal cabs thus saving twice the amount.

  3. Avoiding confusing situations like managing expenses on local currency.


And especially avoiding post-visit-talks like this one,


"Did you not visit this attraction?"

"No?"

"Then what did you do after going there?"

(with rolling eyes) "Yeah, I just slept & ate in my hotel."


Now, a travel schedule isn't just your normal itinerary. It should also include the navigation & medium to visit a place of interest, possibly bus/metro details, approximate cost & time to reach that place. This helps you in being confident and relaxed while hopping from one place to next.


Suggested Read: Ultimate Guide for 5 days in Singapore (with free printable planner)


Pin it on the map!


When you start researching on a country to visit, the first thing to do is to search all the top cities or places recommended for visiting in that country. Make a note of these places one by one. Once done, open google maps and start from your entry point to the country.


Scenario 1: If you identified 4-5 cities/places for a country to travel, identify the nearest international airport first for those places. If there are multiple, then you can plan arriving on one airport and travel through the places that you want and reach the last destination which is near to the other airport and depart from there. You can start from farthest east to west or north to south for an example. What is the benefit you ask? You will at least save 30% on your airfare and now you also have a rough direction for your trip.


Scenario 2: But, if you have only one international airport to get-in and get-out of a country, well... you don't have any option but to plan your visit to attraction points in a closed-circuit loop. It will also help you save ~40-50% in redundant travelling cost.


Both scenarios shown below. Scenario 1 on the left and Scenario 2 on the right.


Important Tip: Always try to tweak the precedence of the attractions to ensure you are covering them with the least distance.


Finally, the template to get you started for your travel plans. :-)



Free Travel Template download


And how did you guys create a travel plan which was executed perfectly for a destination? We would love to hear your comments below.


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