This week is all about organization and planning ahead!
I am a huge planner/list-maker, so I’ve decided to make a new series of posts based around travel planning! Planning a trip to a place you have never been can require a lot of thought and research – and after choosing a destination, a little brainstorming is in need.
To help with the brainstorming process of planning a trip, I’ve created a mind-map you can fill out to get started on planning exactly where you want to go on your trip! This mind-map was created with international travel in mind, but it is blank so you can use it however you please.
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How I Brainstorm For Travel
For the preliminary planning of a trip, I’ll make a Pinterest board with anything neat I find about the place so I can refer back to it later. Cities I’ll want to go to, foods to try, weather and and anything else that may help me plan. This paper is just for brainstorming, so write down everything you find that you will want to further research! Check out my Travel Inspiration Pinterest board here! From here we can pick some can’t miss places to go to.
Using the Travel Planner Printable
I’ll begin by writing the place of travel in the center bubble – in my case: New Zealand! Woohoo! Then, whichever attractions I find through my research that I would like to check out I will place in the outer squares. Each square will correspond to a circle that will contain the city in which all of the places listed reside. For me, it is easier to plan a trip by narrowing down the sights I would like to see first and then determine which cities I will visit based on those!
I’ve included some lines at the bottom of the printable to write any other tidbits of information you find during the brainstorming session that will be important to save for later! I wrote in the name of a bus system that was recommended, the name of some local grocery stores, and a reminder about the bus tour available for a destination.
Here is my filled out travel planner:
Now I can start nailing down the details of my trip from the info that I have collected in this mind map – Is it feasible to travel to all of these cities in this amount of time? (are the cities nearby eachother?) Which activities are the ones I am most excited about? (I’ll place a star by those)
I will get to answering those questions in the next part of this Travel Planning series! Ready to keep planning?
P.S. make sure you hang on to this brainstorming map printable, you’ll use it in part 2 of this travel planner series 😉