5 Simple Steps to Plan Your Next Trip in 10 Min or Less

It can be hard to plan for a vacation. Especially for those who do not like planning, it can become an excruciating project. My sister is one of these people, and I have always helped her plan and organize. I have discovered some ways that can help you stay on top of things, but today I will only be talking about planning a trip in easy ways that won’t leave you annoyed.

It doesn’t matter how long you will be staying or what purposes you are going for we can figure out a way for you to plan what you will be doing.

Now let’s get to it.

1. Apps that can take the workload

Here are some apps you can download that will help you figure out what is there to do at the place you are going to.

  • TripScout
  • Visit A City

Both of these apps are free. You can make an in-app purchase if you wish, just like in any other free app. But they are insanely helpful even without payment. I have not paid for anything within the apps, so I am not sure what you get when you pay.

You enter the city name, and the app shows you tons of things that are there to do. You can add the recommended places to your itinerary within the app. Once you create your itinerary, you can edit the dates and the activity for each day.

Especially on “Visit A City” app it tells you how far a place is to the next so you know how long it will take for you to go from one place to another. You can also edit how long you will spend in each place. If you have other places in mind, you can also put those in manually too.

It used to take me days and weeks to research what is there to do from many different platforms. These apps and websites I have to give it to them they made me fall in love.

2. Food

Now that you have the bone structure of your trip, you can add the essentials. Food and restaurants. If you have already received restaurant recommendations add them. Just put all the possibilities together in one place. You can have them as your backups. Having different possibilities for food is great to have in hand.

3. Accomodation

Now it is time for accommodation. Where will you be staying? Is your company paying for your hotel? Are you staying at friends? A hotel? Airbnb?

Figure out where you will be staying. This part will take most of your time because of the research. However, you already know where you will be spending most of your time, so it will be easier to decide which neighborhoods to look for.

4. Transportation

Once you have the places you want to go to it is time to check the ticket prices. Book your flight, train, or your means of transportation before you are too late. Book it all when you still have the time.

If you are going on a road trip, then create a roadmap using Google Maps. If you have pit stops create an outline of the route, so you know how long it will take.

5. Organize

Create a Google doc to keep everything in one place and share with your friends if you are going with friends. If you need to make reservations, make them when you still have the time. Don’t leave it to last second as some places sell out weeks ahead.

Like Alcatraz in San Francisco, Statue of Liberty in New York, Sky Garden in London, there are many touristic places that require a reservation beforehand. Keep all the information you have gathered and booked in one place, so you do not get confused or lost.

Make a list of all the ticket prices, so you can have a better estimate on how much you will be spending. It also helps eliminate unnecessary expenditure.

This is just the bone structure of how you can keep on top of things when planning. It doesn’t have to be frustrating or a reason to procrastinate.

If you have any questions or additions, please write them down in the comments section.

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