How I Plan My Trips

Trip Planning Tips

The enjoyment I receive from travelling begins even before I set foot off an airplane in destination.  I have always been a bit of a dreamer and immerse myself on a daily basis into travel day dreaming.  When I plan a vacation somewhere, I want to get in as much as possible of that destination on my trip.  I have a long list of places I want to visit in my lifetime and I may not have the opportunity to revisit some destinations, so I want to be as thorough as possible.  I wanted to share with you today my process in planning a trip, so you too can make the most out of your vacations!

 

Pinterest & Instagram

Trip Planning Tips

My planning for a trip begins long before I know when I will actually make it to that destination.  I have Pinterest boards full of inspiration for upcoming destinations as well as my previously visited destinations including, restaurants, monuments, activities etc. I’d like to see in each destination.  Anytime I see something I’d like to visit on Instagram, someones blog, a magazine etc. I go straight to Pinterest and pin it to my board, or save the photo on Instagram to pin later.  When I later start planning a trip to a new destination, I have a jump start on all the stuff I know I want to see!

Trip Planning Tips

My Pinterest if you’re looking for inspiration.

 

Time & Place

How I decide where and when I’m going depends on many factors.  For example, my trip to Austria two years ago, I knew I wanted to go for those dates based on a ballet that was playing in the city over a couple of months.  A lot of times, where and when may be decided based on a compromise between who you are travelling with, especially the when.  I typically like to be strategic though about when I go.  Another example would be my trip to Cape Cod, we went over 4th of July weekend, so we could watch the fire works on the beach.  I know that when I go to Japan I want to go in the Spring, for the cherry blossoms.

 

Research

Trip Planning Tips

Once I know where I’m going I will do a bit more research to make sure I know all the spots I want to go while in destination!  My favourite place to find information is from other bloggers, so I will usually just search their blog for the destination to see if they have been and where they went.  My favourite blogs for travel inspiration include: ohhcouture.com, thecherryblossomgirl.com, classygirlswearpearls.com, tijanserena.com, amelialiana.com, inthefrow.com, lovelyluciano.com & olivipalermo.com.  I will also search hashtags on Instagram and look at townandcountrymag.com, condenasttraveler.com and vogue.com.  These are my favourite places of inspiration and I usually find everything I would be interested in a given destination from these sources.

I am a very visual person, as may be evidenced by my love of Instagram and what I post here on my blog.  I take great consideration regarding my Instagram and blog when researching my trips.  I look for beautiful hotels, restaurants, architecture and monuments.

 

Google Maps

Trip Planning Tips

In order to decide each day in destination I will log all my attractions which I have pinned into Google Maps to decide the best route for places close to each other and what I should see on the same day.  I like my day to be busy from sun up to sun down, so I will try and decide how long I will need for each item on my itinerary and plan my day accordingly.

 

Travel Planner

Trip Planning Tips

I will then hop into my Numbers application on my Mac and begin to fill in the Travel Planner.  I love this!  For those of you who are big on organization and planning you will love this too.  Honestly, I actually love planning and packing for trips.  The whole time I’m just imagining myself on vacation!

Trip Planning Tips

Trip Planning Tips

Trip Planning Tips

The numbers template comes with three tabs: Itinerary, Reservations & Packing List.  I use all three, though you can decide for yourself what works for you and even create a new tab if you need one!  You can also customize what goes into each of these tabs based on information which is important to you.  I will usually print out my itinerary and reservations and bring with me and just use the packing list at home while packing.  One thing I love about the travel planner is it allows me to keep track of how much I have spent on my vacation to help keep within budget.

I hope this post helps you with your organization of a trip, so you too can get the most out of your vacation time!

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