8 Ways a Dodgy Itinerary Can Ruin Your Vacation…

 

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You have your passport. You’ve bought your ticket. You’ve booked where you’re staying. You’re looking forward to this. You deserve it. You’re excited. Can’t wait. Yay!

And how about your itinerary? How’s that looking? Is it organised, planned out well? Are you confident about it?

Don’t let a badly planned one get in the way of you and a good holiday. These are just eight ways it potentially could:

 

1) It can sap your budget like it has a personal vendetta against your wallet… 

Not taking certain expenses into consideration could put your spending budget in jeopardy. Say you plan on going to New York for two weeks – you plan to dine out a lot, but haven’t factored in the tip culture. Or it could be fees incurred when you use a cash machine abroad or when you use your mobile phone. Not factoring that into your itinerary could mean that your wallet’s in for a big surprise. (p.s.: some banks will lock your account as a security measure if they notice your card’s been used abroad. Let your bank know in advance that you’re travelling).

 

2) It can make you miss connecting flights/coaches/trains… 

This can happen if, for example, you try to squeeze too many activities into your schedule and don’t factor in enough time between travel connections. Things can and do happen: the bus you’re on could break down, the flight you’re on might leave late, the train you’re waiting for mightn’t arrive on time, etc. – resulting in a missed connection. Missing a flight, for example, might not only have a domino effect on other connections you might need to complete your journey, but it might mean you having to fork out more money (for the next available flight or a hotel for the night) if you have to wait that long for the next flight.

(Re: missed connections, writing down your flight numbers somewhere and keeping it on your person or memorising it can come in very handy if your vacation involves travelling between small local airports. Sometimes airports of that nature won’t display the complete name of a destination)

 

3) It can exhaust you (i.e.: time difference/jet lag)…

If you’re travelling to a place where there’s a significant time difference, then it wouldn’t be wise to plan a flurry of activities on your first day. That needs to be built into the itinerary. If not, then that too might have an impact on how you enjoy day two, day three and so on, having not fully recovered from the jet lag. And it’s all the more evident if you’re going away for a relatively short time, like a week or so.

 

4) Some vacation days may be uneventful/a waste of your time…

Depending on where you’re going, some days may be more entertaining than others depending on whether there’s a local holiday there or not. It might actually be impractical for you as businesses might be closed or transport links might be affected. Do your research and either build that into your itinerary or change your schedule.

 

5) Can make you wish you booked that direct flight after all… 

Direct flights aren’t always possible – and when they are, they can be more expensive. Often, taking two or three different flights to the same destination is perfectly justified budget-wise. However, the more times you have to change, the more drama it potentially presents (a cup of lost luggage, anyone?)

 

6) Can make you wish you took a map…

…especially if you’re visiting somewhere for the first time. There are people who will help you when you need it, but not every person you meet will know where a certain street or hotel is. Not every taxi driver will know where they’re going – and it could cost you more than you expected to spend if they don’t and you don’t have a map/directions on you.

  

7) Can ruin your vacation from day one… 

How? Let’s say by some unfortunate (but not uncommon) incident, your luggage doesn’t arrive at your holiday destination at the same time as you, and you don’t have information about your accommodation on your person, on your mobile phone or in your hand luggage. What happens then?

 

8) Can make you feel you need a vacation FROM your vacation…

Having spent the extra money you didn’t account for, having missed some connections or searched frantically for your hotel address, etc., the effects of a badly planned itinerary might make you feel like you need timeout from your so-called vacation, defeating the whole point of you going on vacation in the first place.

 

No one’s perfect. There can be a lot to consider in the lead up to and during a vacation. But the above points should hopefully help you ensure you get the best out of your holiday when planning your itinerary.

 

 

This guest post was contributed by Peak Transfer.