How to Plan a Travel Itinerary: The Complete Guide

You’ve chosen your destination, booked your transportation, and maybe even your accommodations. Now…you just have to figure out what in the world you’re going to do while you’re there.

In this story, we’re going to take a deep dive into how to plan a travel itinerary, the nitty-gritty of how to put together your schedule of sites, museums, and activities.

Let’s say you’re planning to spend five days in New York. How do you decide what to do for those five days?

Getting started on your itinerary planning

If you’re heading to a top tourist destination, you probably already have some idea of the specific sites you want to visit.

Planning an itinerary starts with brainstorming your wish list

This is where I start to go crazy with research. I’ll take in anything and everything I can about my destination.

Research your destination

As you researched your destination, you likely noticed certain sightseeing ideas or recommendations coming up over and over again.

Flesh out your wish list

To start, you’re going to break down your wish list into four sections. If your list is pretty long, you can re-write it into these four sections.

Specific site or activity research

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