By Sofie Couwenbergh
You’ve only got two weeks to travel each year and you want to get the most out of them. Unfortunately this usually means that you come back from your trip more tired than you were before you left.
To you, getting the most out of those two weeks equals stuffing your planning in the hope that you’ll get to check off as much sights and activities as possible.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can come back from your trip rejuvenated, well rested and with an entire new shelve of great travel memories.
Want to know how?
It’s all in the preparation.
Planning a trip can take up some time, but if you do it properly it will actually save you a lot of headaches during your travels.
The following steps will help you set up an itinerary that will let you explore without getting exhausted.
You know which destination you want to visit and you’ve booked your flights. The next logical step would be to book accommodation, right?
Well, only if you’re planning to spend two weeks on a white beach sipping on some cocktails. If you want to explore, however, you first need to create a to-do list.
Take a guide book or browse around on the FlightNetwork Let’s Roll blog to determine your must-sees and must-do’s for this trip.
Now write them all down. If you have an idea of where you want to stay during your trip, write that down too. This is your To-Do List.
The next step is to research if you’ll actually have time for all the things on your To-Do List:
Create a new Google Maps map and name it after your trip.
With your to-do’s mapped out it’s easy to see where you should best book a place to stay.
Maybe you can find a hotel in the city you want to spend the most time in and use that as a starting point for your explorations.
However, if you have several clusters of to-do’s shattered over a larger area, it’s best to book a stay in the center of each or some of those clusters to avoid traveling long distances back and forth each day.
Your flights are booked, you know what you want to do at your destination and you’ve got a place to stay. You could just leave it at that, but this last step is the key to getting the most out of your vacation without rushing.
Now that your planning is ready, take a critical look at it:
If so, then you’re all good to go!
If you’re still not sure how creating a daily planning this way will help you get the most out of your vacation without rushing, I’ll break it down for you.
During you trip you
About the Author: Sofie Couwenbergh
Sofie is a Belgian language lover and travel aficionada who combines a full-time job with freelance writing and blogging. She uses her weekends, vacation days and public holidays to travel the world and share her experiences with you on wonderfulwanderings.com. Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook or connect with her on Google+.