A Dreamer’s Guide to Trip Planning: Trip Research and Creating an Itinerary

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  1. I don’t think I could ever be as organised as you but it is a great guide nevertheless.

    • Kiyoko says:

      Yeah, I’m probably a little bit more organized than most, but if I can help other people add a little more organization to their life and a little less stress, I’d consider it a success!

  2. Cassy French says:

    This is awesome! I want to plan our first (big) family trip for next summer and this is the perfect tool to keep me organized! I’m the type that will jot down random things here and there, some on the computer somewhere, some written down, with bookmarks in random folders. Thanks for sharing your planner!

    • Kiyoko says:

      Yep, I’m like that too. I write EVERYTHING down because that’s the only way I can remember things, but it does me no good if I write everything down in different places! Hope you enjoy the planner!

  3. Marissa says:

    Very helpful guide! Some people get overwhelmed trying to plan a trip, but you broke it down very well. Figuring out your destination, time frame, and if you need a visa are definitely the most important first steps.

    • Kiyoko says:

      I definitely used to get overwhelmed with the whole trip planning process. This actually started out just as a template to help me organize my thoughts, but thought other people might find it useful too, so I turned it into this guide!

  4. What a neat guide. I’m right there with you. I prefer to plan out my trips but I don’t want to miss out on anything as can happen if you “go with the wind.”

  5. Medha Verma says:

    This is a very comprehensive guide on how to plan a trip and I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one who has a hard time in just ‘winging it’. I also put in a lot of time, research and hard work, just like you and sometimes people ridicule me for it, saying that I must try just landing at a destination and then deciding what to do. I somehow cannot imagine doing that! Good to see others like me 🙂

    • Kiyoko says:

      Yeah, a lot of my friends will jokingly give me a hard time about the way I seem to over-plan, but at the same time they’ve come to recognize that it’s just the way I am =D

  6. Your planning looks awesome. I guess I do a hybrid ‘go with the wind’. I usually have one reason to be there – and some accommodation booked. But then I like to explore. Maybe I should try planning too – I know when someone else does it for me I really appreciate it!

  7. Being that most of my travels are only a free days I am very much a planner and a researcher. Don’t forget to look at tours, sometimes paying a little extra takes a lot of the stress of trying to figure out transportation and timing.

  8. Linda says:

    This is such a great and comprehensive approach to planning. I am just like this. Luckily my hubby is equally as organized or it might drive him crazy. We typically put all our planning info into a MS OneNote notebook with tabs. That way we can copy some of the general sections into new trips. I agree with you that leaving everything until you travel is stressful and takes so much time. Especially difficult if you don’t have good internet access. I pinned this to keep as a future reference checklist! Thanks for sharing. Linda

    • Kiyoko says:

      I do A LOT in OneNote. I love it because it automatically syncs between my phone, laptop, and desktop. However, when it comes to things like trip planning and brainstorming in general, I love to write things by hand. I just feel like I can organize my thoughts better when I’m physically writing things out.

  9. Ana O says:

    I guess I’m not as detailed-oriented as you are, I jot down some notes and print out some loose itineraries and away we go.
    I usually travel with my husband and we have a fair division of labour: he does transport and accommodation, and I do activities and food. This way we share the burden of planning.

    • Kiyoko says:

      Having somebody else to help you with the planning definitely makes things easier. Personally, I use the planner as a way to organize the otherwise random notes I might jot down. I find it best when trying to compare what items to add to my itinerary. To each their own, right?

  10. Nicki says:

    It is so wonderful to find someone who plans the way I do. I used to be such a hot mess and just “go with the flow’ but I learned quickly that it was not my travel style and did not work for me.

    • Kiyoko says:

      Yes! A lot of friends give me a hard time for the way I seem to over-plan my trips, but they don’t understand the major struggle I go if I don’t plan it all out.

  11. What a fabulously detailed post. I thought that I was a good planner, but you have covered thing that did not even occur to me like the tip for checking local customs and rules. Good advice!

    • Kiyoko says:

      It wasn’t something I used to do either until my trip to Japan where the culture is much different from the US. I figured doing some basic research before hand might help me overcome some of the culture shock on further trips.

  12. Jill says:

    Part of the fun of traveling for me is the trip planning and anticipation so I enjoy all of the pre-trip things. I’m pretty sure I’m not as organized as you are though! Looks like a good guide.

  13. Jasmine says:

    A woman after my own heart! This is exactly how I plan my trips too!
    I have so much fun finding things to do and see, the best bit is picking all the places to eat at 😉

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