Have you come down with a serious case of Wanderlust? You want to do and see everything that is possible, but you feel overwhelmed with the amount of things you want. Or you just simply don’t know where to start your planning. Here is a very simple planning routine idea you can use :
Do your Destination Research.
Read about the place you are planning to see. Make notes, write down names of the attractions and ideas for spending fun time, so it will not get mixed up in your head.
I recommend finding good travel blogs of people who actually experienced being in that particular location. Not only one but many so you will have a whole picture of the place not just one point of view. This way you will make sure you are not relaying only on the Travel Guides. Printed Travel Guides get outdated very quickly. You will know what to expect from the place much more clearly.
Make Action List
Actions are things you want to do and not things you have to do.
Split the page into three columns (action/place/importance) . Write down what you want to accomplish, do or see. When you will have it all down on the paper you will be able to visualize how much is on your plate, and make right choices when things can be done, and how important they are for you. You can split your action list according to days or weeks
Now that you have everything in one place, cross things off as you migrate them to your Itinerary. Anything you don’t complete can be put on the new future list.
Turn your Action List into Task List and set specific goals for each day or week.
Split the page into three columns (time/activity/notes) Number your list with hour time slots. Next put in items from your action list into the time slots for each day.
Best way to split actions is to put the most physical activities early in the morning and add some extra time in case of obstacles (like long queues or traffic jams) and all the rest (more relaxed things) at the end of the day.
Obviously, plans change, and it’s good to go with the flow. What you can do is to write more extra ideas in your “Notes” column. Make sure to have some cool ideas what you can do instead of the things that didn’t work out, this way you will not stay without anything to do. Pick something in close proximity to the original activity.
Don’t be afraid to improvise
Be ready to scrap your plans and change your mind. There is nothing worst then being stuck with only one way of doing things.
Make sure to leave space for new things that will come your way, things you didn’t expect. You don’t want to feel disappointed because you are not able to change your plans according to the fun opportunities that will show up on your way. New people who you want to join or new places your didn’t know about before making your list.
Remember to make notes of things you where not able to do and put them in your future plans. Just in case you will be there again.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Ben Franklin
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