I often have a few trips per year, both in the UK and abroad. I thought I would put together a post on how I plan my trips. Including a trip planner, websites and my apps of choice. Read on for my guide:
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How I Plan My Trips:
As much as I like trips to have their own flow, and not have a set hour by hour itinerary I do like to have some sort of plan. I use a variety of resources to plan my trips, some paper-based and others more electronic. Knowing a bit about the place you are due to visit really helps, especially if it is your first visit there. This guide is for when I have picked the location I would like to visit, and how I look into what to do, places to visit and where to eat /drink.
So, as soon as I know where I am going, out comes my travel/trip planner. My friend bought me this one for Christmas, and I am so glad that I can now use it to plan my future trips for the year. (I have 3 planned so far!)
I believe this one is from Paperchase, although there are many others out there in the market. It has space to plan up to six trips/destinations. Plenty of pages per trip, including pages to put your travel /flight arrangements, accommodation plans, a packing list, places to eat and drink, as well as things to do. It really does make planning a trip so easy and all in one place! Soft brown leather bound, it feels lovely in hand and is small enough to place in your bag. There are also wonderful graphics along each page, with various travel quotes throughout the planner.
A perfect bit of stationary to plan my trips! I use this planner to jot down the various things I have seen on the following websites /apps.
I always head to TripAdvisor* to check out everything about a place I am due to visit. The beauty of TripAdvisor is it has a lot of ideas at your fingertips, and you can save things you have found to your own list. My friends and I have a ‘Lisbon’ list for our upcoming summer trip, and we did the same last year for our trip to Madrid.
You might not always get to do everything on your list, but that is always an excuse to return! It is great to have more things to do than too little. There’s no fun in wasting your time trying to find things to do, which shouldn’t happen if you have planned.
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YouTube is my go-to for watching travel vlogs. Once I know where I am going, I love nothing better than to watch related travel vlogs. Yes, this can at times show you the most popular things to do in that destination, however sometimes you can come across little gems. My favourite types are the ones that actually put in the places in the subtitles, so that you a look them up without having to guess how it is spelt.
Not only does watching travel vlogs provide me with a lot of useful information on where I am visiting, but it always helps me get excited for a trip. I always watch loads of travel vlogs right before heading off on my adventure!
Similarly, to how I use YouTube, I love looking of various Instagram shots of the place I am due to visit. This helps with planning out areas I would like to see in the destination. Again, there can be a downside to this, especially if you come across very popular areas.
Twitter is great for getting tips and tricks of where to see and what to do in various places you are planning to visit. I put this tweet out the other day, and got an amazing response for my upcoming trip to Lisbon. Not only is it a great way to help plan your trip, but it also gets you connecting to other bloggers.
Pinterest is one of my favourites. I know it is a search engine of sorts, but I am putting it under social media.
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Linking back to twitter and Pinterest, I was lucky enough to be provided with other bloggers travel guides. Again, I love looking through these, as you get the stunning visuals through their photos, but also (hopefully) there honest opinions of what to see and do, and where to eat and drink. Sometimes these guides can be ‘off the beaten track’ so you may get to see some great places that aren’t as well known.
I will always do a google search for blogger’s guides to whichever destination I am planning on visiting.
There are tonnes of more things you can use to plan your trips before booking flights and accommodation. This guide was for the ‘after’ booking time of planning.
So there you have my sort of guide on how I plan my trips. Hope you enjoyed reading!
Do you do similar things to plan your trips? Is there other apps you use? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!