Traveling may not be as straightforward as boarding a plane, but you love the freedom that comes with leaving your inhibitions behind and exploring new worlds. For the average traveler, an itinerary isn’t an essential you pack in the same bag as a passport or insurance policy. Instead, you prefer the thrill of turning up and figuring out where you’re going to sleep, how you’ll find transportation, and who you’ll meet along the way.
Yes, the idea of a travel itinerary may seem outdated and stuffy. However, it’s a must-have that even the most experienced wanderlusters should keep handy.
These are the reasons why.
Pack The Essentials
Your trip can get off to a bad start before you reach the airport. If you don’t pack the essentials, it’s either going to force you to go without or buy replacements. Both aren’t great options considering you’re going to be away from home for an extended period and need every penny. Thankfully, drawing up a plan gives you the ability to tick off the essentials, whether it’s a credit card or a cellphone contract, before going past the point of no return.
See ALL The Sights
Part of the beauty of traveling is visiting the attractions that you don’t see in your everyday life. From the Taj Mahal to Machu Picchu and Christ The Redeemer, the wonders of the world will stay with you forever. Sure, the main sights won’t pass you by because you’ll make sure you visit them no matter the cost, but what the stuff that goes under the radar. Often, the things that don’t have any expectations are the ones that take your breath away. An itinerary lets you write them all down so that you have a plan to see as many as possible and not leave unfulfilled.
Track Your Money
Yes, money is going to be a huge part of your life for the next couple of months. When you experience something like traveling, you never want it to end. Therefore, keeping tabs on your funds is vital. Otherwise, you’ll be back on a plane home within two weeks! An itinerary means that you can take goals based financial planning to the next level. Merely write down your budget and subtract your monthly expenses, or hire an expert to do the math. There are even apps that will take care of the heavy lifting, leaving you to enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.
Sadly, the trip won’t last forever. Although that shouldn’t stop you from trying to milk every second, it does mean that maximizing your time is critical. Avoiding the places you dislike to enjoy more days in the ones you love is the goal. Of course, the only way to do it is to experience them first-hand. Why, then, does an itinerary help? It’s because once you’re sure of the towns and cities that you want to visit, you can allocate time to each one.
A plan, whether it’s detailed or rough, is still a massive help!