Planning a trip is overwhelming, especially when you have to plan one to multiple destinations. So, let’s reduce that stress by breaking down the planning process into easy steps for you to follow. By the end of this post, you are going to feel confident and capable in your ability to plan a trip to multiple destinations.
1. What places you are planning on going to?
Usually, if you are planning on going to multiple locations, they should be within the same vicinity ––or at least the same continent.
A few examples of this would be: going to London, Paris, and Berlin, or New York City, Boston, and Washington D.C, or Florence, Rome, and Athens. Your list of cities could be longer or shorter, but this is the main idea.
2. What is the best route and transportation to take to get from place to place?
Let’s take the example of going to London, Paris, and Berlin. If you are coming from the U.S., the best way to start your route would be for you to fly to London and spend a few days there. Then, you would either want to take a train or fly to Paris, and from there, take a train to Berlin.
When planning your route, think about which plan will be the most efficient use of your time. Which plan is the least complex and takes the shortest amount of time?
3. How much time do you want to spend at each destination?
When you intend to book a trip to multiple destinations, think about how much time you want to spend in each place. If you are going to 3 destinations, you may consider booking a 9 day trip with 3 days at each place. Make sure you think about what activities you will want to do at each location. If you have a super long list of things to do in London and a shorter list for Berlin, then maybe you would want to spend 4 days in London and only 2 days in Berlin.
Make a list of your priorities. First, how much do you want to see and do at each destination? Then, divide up your time as to how many days you will need to spend at each location, so you can hit the main things on your list.
Another thing to consider, is how much time it will take you to travel from each location. Will it take you 3 hours to get from Florence to Rome by train, while it would only take you an hour by plane? Put a value on your time, and consider how much of your trip you want to spend traveling and where it will fit into your itinerary.
4. Research your options
Let’s review: at this point, you have your destinations picked out, you designed the best route to optimize your time at each place, and you put a value on your time. Now it’s time to do the research.
Here are your options to consider when planning your transportation from place to place:
- Car Rental
- Rent a Bike
- Public Transportation
Now, I do not recommend walking from New York City to Boston. The only time I would consider walking as a mode of transportation is if your GPS says it will only be 40 minutes or less to the next city within that area. Or, if you are walking from the main train station to your hotel.
Look up the duration of time each mode of transportation will take you, and how much each one will cost.
5. Compare your options
When looking up your options ––compare the prices! Usually, flying will be the most expensive and quickest option if the locations are a long-distance a part. If you are going a shorter distance, like from country to country in Europe, traveling by train is easy and often more affordable the flying.
However, other parts of the world do not have the same interconnectedness of trains, such as the majority of the U.S.. This would make renting a car the better option. When planning a car rental, check that you meet the legal age requirement to rent a car in that country. Also, really ask yourself if you will feel comfortable driving with different laws and possibly a foreign language.
There are two main thing to really focus on when researching your options. One, what will be the best mode of transportation from each location? Two, does the cost of using that type of transportation fit in your budget?
Are you ready to plan your multiple destination trip?
Here are the steps one more time:
- What places you are planning on going to?
- What is the best route and type of transportation to use to get from place to place?
- How much time do you want to spend at each destination?
- Research your options.
- Compare your options.
Now that you know the 5 steps to take, the last thing you need to do is decide! You’ve got all the information you need, now it’s just time to make the best decision for you and your trip.
If you consider these steps when planning your trip to multiple destinations, you will be able to plan a a trip that will allow you to optimize your time and get from place to place with ease.
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