As I begin to plan my last big trip, I can’t believe how far I have come as a traveller since the beginning of the semester. Upon planning our first trip away from API back in the first week of March, my friends and I were slightly nervous that we wouldn’t know where to begin in terms of seeing important sights and doing as much as we possibly could in one weekend. Conquering a city in a weekend trip is no easy task!
Being an avid list maker, I was able to develop a system. We would make a list of the sights we wanted to see, and in order to make the most of our time, we would use Google Maps to track the distances between the sights as well as in relation to where we were staying. We would then prioritize the list and make sure that the sights we absolutely wanted to see would be done first. This ended up being extremely helpful because we would get tired as the day went on, and were therefore glad that we got to see what we wanted to see early in the day.
Travelling in large groups is no easy task, so at times it is important to realize that everyone wants to see different things. Having individual priorities is key, so you know that you can get the most of your own travel experience despite a group who may not agree on every decision. Making a schedule of what you want to accomplish each day is also important, especially if the weather in a particular location makes a difference in your plans!
Another lesson we learned was booking trips early. Watching flight prices can be stressful, but it is necessary in order to get the correct dates and times at a good price. Although we learned this the hard way for several trips, it benefitted us in the long run to book many of our flights far in advance. Plus, this gave us more time to plan for the activities we wanted to do in each location!
For every trip, we now use the same system in order to plan our time efficiently. Although travel can be stressful, it is important to realize that with proper organization and time devoted to research, a trip can go smoothly, even in a large group.