Asked on 03 Feb 2020
How do you plan your travel itinerary? self plan? follow travel guides? group tours?
I generally self plan, especially if I am interested in the country.
Information in these days is quite easy to find, but you must be willing to invest time into researching and planning your itinerary.
However, if there are cases such as a language barrier or where access to attractions may not be easy or possible to get as an individual, or if I am bringing my parents along, then I will usually opt for a tour package where I can just leave everything to the hands of the tour guide.
Fb, IG and google
then read milelion to see which best redemptions work
and self plan, spontaneous, go with the flow!
no group tours except for day trips to hard to reach places
then use klook!
There's no hard rule in planning travel itinerary.
If you wish to start and have no experience before, you may refer to your group itinerary and make some changes to make it your own.
refer to travel blog and experience from others help too!
Have a rough outline of the itinerary and adjust accordingly when you are there. Checking with the local people there and they will reccommend places or suggest places to avoid.
For every individual it’s very different!
Some prefer convenience so they will spend money to join tour and it’s all pre-planned for them. There are pros and cons to it. Pros would definitely be that it saves time to plan, don’t have to travel/walk so much, can sit in an air-conditioned bus (good if you travelling with elderly/kids), reduce the need to communicate to a staff etc if there is a language barrier. Cons will be that you have to follow that itinerary that they set.
For me, I like it to be customised so I will self plan my own itinerary. It sparks joy to plan and see a detailed itinerary HAHA. Some of the places of interest may not be where I want to go and it’s quite hard to find an itinerary that suits all your wants. Planning is tedious but definitely worth it. Sometimes when you get a bit tired planning, you can go find people’s itinerary and kope some parts from it hahah. Many blogs and articles offer detailed review so it’s not hard to find information you want. If you don’t want to plan so much, you can combine self plan and purchase some day tour!
Depends on the location and who you are travelling with!
if I am planning to go to a country where it is easy to get around whether by driving or public transport and language is not an issue, I would try to self-plan by reading blogs, articles, trip advisor and using google maps. self planning can be stressful if things don't go to plan but learning to adapt and be flexible is part of the journey!
if it is somewhere where it is not as easy to get around or where there will be language barrier Issues or if I want a trip where I want to relax and not worry about anything, I would go for group tours as they plan everything out for you.
A good in between option is to self plan a trip but join day tours or trips to places which are difficult to get to so you still get flexibility and reduced stress. Win-win!
Research on my own the places i will visit. For the cheaper flights, I just wait for promotions by airlines and see if it is worth it as compared to other competing airlines. I always prefer direct flights to destinations to save time on layovers. As for tours at destinations, I prefer free and easy as opposed to group tours because your time is controlled at each area