How I Plan My Trips | My Guide on How I Plan a Getaway

How I Plan My Trips  -  Title image (faded retro letter board with a passport, euros, camera and trip planner around the edges)

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.

Trip Planner:

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!)

Brown leather planner flatlay style photo with a blue toy care, phone, passport and pen around the sides of the planner

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.

Open planner on destination 2 page. Features a photo of several pieces of luggage stacked together.

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.

Trip Advisor

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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Mobile phone on top of an open laptop. Both displaying the Tripadvisor app.
Screenshot of TripAdvisor's trips section.

Social Media:

YouTube:

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!

Laptop with a trip planner and mobile phone on top of it, open at a sunset style picture page. Mobile phone displaying the YouTube app

Instagram:

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.

Close up of a mobile phone screen displaying the search page on the Instagram app.

Twitter:

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:

Pinterest is one of my favourites. I know it is a search engine of sorts, but I am putting it under social media.
The thing I love about this, is the visuals you get through Pinterest. It can draw me in much better than a google search can. Usually it will bring up various blogger’s guides which I love, but also allows me to share for others to discover.

screenshot of Pinterest website, following the search 'Travel Guides'. Several pins displayed

Blogs:

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!

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26 thoughts on “How I Plan My Trips | My Guide on How I Plan a Getaway

  1. Solid tips for planning. I do a lot of those too and I create an itinerary. One thing I need to get better at is booking restaurants. I always mess up and end up desperate to find something to eat because I haven’t planned in advance x

    1. Thank you! Oh I always have loads of restaurants saved to my list, but can never decide on where to go at the time! I think there is an app where you can book tables…might have to do this for my next trip away!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. They are great for inspiration aren’t they?! Although I always want to wish the time away so that I can go right now!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh I know I can spend hours on Pinterest without even realising it! So many places to see!

      Thank you for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I know, I almost don’t want to write in it so I don’t ruin it!
      Yeah it is one of my go tos to seek out other blogs – helps me planning and helps them with views!

      Thank you for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

  2. Planning for trips is one of my favourite things! The journal from Paperchase looks fantastic, I love things like that, it’s a fab way to get organised and make sure you don’t miss anything important. Pinterest is so inspiring, I’m forever seeing gorgeous travel photos pop up and just wish I was somewhere warm and sunny! Thank you for sharing your tips Aimsy and hope you enjoy your trips this year <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thanks for commenting! 🙂
      I have so much fun planning my trips…fingers crossed I can do all that I’ve planned. The planner is lovely…deffo great for a stationery addict like me!
      Keep posted, as I am sure the trips will make it up onto the blog!

      Aimsy xoxo

  3. as a fellow obsessive travel planner, these are great tips! I religiously use Pinterest to plan my must-sees, but I’ve never thought about using Youtube! one of my travel goals for 2019 is to keep up a travel journal, so I also really appreciate your tips for that (also super cute journal). thanks for sharing 🙂

    Hannah
    https://thepinkgeneration.com/

    1. Thanks for commenting 🙂 Oh you must look at youtube for ideas of what to see, do and eat on your trips. Some vlogs are not always that helpful, but still totally pump you up for going!
      Pinterest is fab, there are so many pretty images and then useful posts!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I think it helps build the excitement for the trip, doesn’t it? Haha, why not take your clipboard!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

  4. Thanks so much for posting this, this is so helpful as I’m currently planning my own trip overseas to America! I’m definitely going to utilise blogs and bloggers, and I love that ill be able to use them for help as well as supporting them at the same time!

  5. I don’t plan A LOT before travelling! I like being surprised and not having too high expectations but it is always nice to have a few inspirations by reading blogposts!! It’s interesting to read everyone’s point of view so thanks for sharing xx

    Anaïs | http://anais-n.com

    1. Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Yeah, too much planning can ruin a good trip, especially if you plan more than you can realistically do during your trip. I like to get a feel for the place I am visiting (maybe that’s traveller nerves in me?!).

      Aimsy xoxo

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