How to Plan Travel Itineraries
Planning a Trip

Planning a trip before the advent of the internet was anything but simple. Travel agencies were the sole entities in touch with Tour Operators and Local Agents. As they began planning a trip, an intense exchange of phone calls and faxes would ensue. Only travel agents had the capability to book travel tickets, accommodations, and services in countries far and wide.

With the arrival of the internet, this process has been significantly simplified, and email has taken over much of the massive exchange of necessary information.

Nowadays, we can purchase an intercontinental flight ticket with our smartphone and head to the airport without the need to print out the tickets on paper.

The role of travel agencies and all professionals involved in the “supply chain” is becoming less decisive, and a great number of people are organising trips and holidays independently, avoiding any form of intermediation.

Critical Points in Planning and Organising a Trip

What precautions should be taken to ensure a safe departure and avoid unpleasant surprises?
When can we truly do without professionals in the organisation of a trip?

The Role of the Travel Agency and Its Importance

Thanks to the tools available to everyone, planning a trip is relatively simple. Buying tickets, booking hotels, and planning an itinerary are tasks anyone with good online navigation skills and understanding of payment methods can handle.

But organising a trip on your own involves taking a series of risks:

  • Cancelled or voided flights and related refund practices
  • Missing hotel bookings and those not meeting expectations
  • Unexpected additional costs
  • Customs issues (passport, vaccinations, specific regulations, carrying goods in luggage)
  • Lack of support at the travel destination (tour guides, restaurants, activities to do during the stay)
  • Possible health problems during the trip (medical visits, hospitalisation, and assisted return to residence)
  • Legal or bureaucratic problems with foreign administrations or private individuals (road accidents, domestic accidents, disputes between private parties)

All these issues are the problem of the travel agency if you purchased the trip/holiday from a professional; otherwise, they will be yours.

Planning a Trip on Your Own

However, if you’ve made it to this site, you are an adventurous traveller well aware of the risks involved in organising a trip on your own. Are you ready to start?

Let’s see what the main factors to consider when planning a trip on your own are:

  • Available budget
  • Travel/ holiday destination
  • Who to travel or go on holiday with
  • Departure date
  • Overnight accommodations
  • Restaurants for dining
  • Activities to do
  • Attractions to visit

In the Blog, you’ll find many posts suggesting techniques and good practices to organise your trips best, but, just like people, every trip is different, and each organiser will have different priorities:

  • Luxury hotel vs tent stays
  • Wine and food tour vs cultural tour with “street food” meals
  • Adventure trip vs relaxation trip

These are just a few examples to show that every organiser will have different priorities, and there is no single methodology in creating and planning a trip.

However, on this site, you will find a wealth of information useful regardless of your priorities.

Useful Tools

I’ve already mentioned that the big difference from the past is the presence of the internet, social networks, and the entire digital ecosystem that has effectively made the world smaller.

The advantage that travel agencies had over everyone who wanted to go on a trip has been nullified, and the precious information that made the difference is now available on the internet.

Therefore, it’s crucial to have good online navigation skills to make the most of the immense potential the internet offers us.

In this regard, I recommend reading an article written by Salvatore Aranzulla, currently the most reliable technology/informatics information blog in Italy. In this article: Apps for Organising Trips, the features of the main Apps in circulation useful in the organisation and planning of trips and holidays are illustrated.

In the blog, in the “How to travel using the web” section, you will find articles dedicated to each of these Apps and many other tips on how to use the functionalities available to everyone to organise the ideal holiday.

Planning a Trip Using Google

Every traveller is different from the next. Therefore, every trip will be planned according to different priorities, different purposes, and the spirit with which each of us leaves home to discover and know the diversity of the world.

For some, the authenticity and identity of the trip will be important, while for others, relaxation and comfort.

I recommend reading “Which Tools to Use to Plan a Travel Itinerary?” from the Blog Rafaroundtheworld.com.

In this article, you will find many useful tips on how to best plan a trip and avoid all possible unforeseen events.

Another reading I recommend is “How to Organise a Trip: Complete Guide in 18 Steps” published by ViaggiareVerde.it.

Also in this article, you will find many tips on everything necessary to best organise your trip.

This is just an example of the incredible amount of information that can be easily found online by simply searching on Google: “Planning a trip”.

This Blog is enriched every day with new articles and travel stories. Use the “Search” function to find the answers you need.

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If you’re reading this blog, you’re an adventurous traveller, and I want to invite you to live a unique experience.

We’re forming a Community of Travellers who will exclusively try out the new digital platform we’ve created to organise and plan trips and holidays entirely independently, avoiding any form of intermediation.

“We believe that the free and spontaneous sharing of information is the key to making ‘travelling’ a habit achievable by all.”

When you return from a trip, you possess precious information: the Hotels, the Restaurants, the Tour Guides, the experiences you’ve lived!

These are pieces of information you’ll never use again but are indispensable for someone who wants to take a trip similar to yours.

If you’ve had an unforgettable experience, you’ve brought home all the information necessary to replicate it!

So why not share it?

Why not leave to other travellers the information you collected on the spot or during your experience? This way, others can save time (and money) and live travel experiences based on your stories.

We want to create a database of information available to everyone. Join the project, and you too can find the information necessary to plan your next trip with the help of the community!

We’re creating a digital platform where to find (and exchange) all the necessary information to plan and organise trips and holidays entirely independently!

All this thanks to the “principle of sharing” and the solidarity among travellers who share information gathered during their travel experiences.

If you want to participate in the final phase of the development of this new digital platform and become a Beta Tester (for free) by sending feedback, suggestions, and new ideas…

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