Instagram and Pinterest make traveling seem so dreamy and luxurious and while it totally can be, it can also be stressful and underwhelming if not planned correctly. I want you to have just an amazing time as we did, so I started this series of all the basics you need to know about traveling in Italy!
Today I am going to share about how to plan your activities! If this is the first post you are reading in these series I've linked below to the other posts for your convince! Happy travels!
2. How to Plan Your Activities
3: How to Get Around
4. Where to Stay
5. How to Spend Your Days
Brainstorm on activities and attractions
Pinterest is great for this and we usually go crazy sourcing all the things we could do! (Here is my Italian Pinterest board!) Once you think you have found all the things you could every want to do while you are there open a google doc and start sorting theses activities by their location. Not just by the part of the country and city but by part of the city/town as well!
Then follow these steps:
The assign each one to a specific day and be strategic. Be sure to note when certain attractions are closed so that you don't accidentally plan to go on a day it isn't open. It might also be a good idea to not schedule your busiest days after a travel day! Traveling can make you more tired than expected (or you could get sick - that happened to me last time)
Then choose only 1-3 main things you want to do in each part of the town or region and eliminate the rest
But still make note of these extra activities and keep them somewhere you can easily find. You never know when plans change or you will have more time than you thought!
Then make a note of which activities have opening times and need tickets
If you are able try to only have one activity that has an opening time/line for each day.
- Then we would schedule the non-entrance places before the opening times
Buy your tickets online the night before
Example: Our first day in Rome our scheduled things to see were the Trevi Fountain, the Piaza di Navona, and the Pantheon. The Pantheon opened at 8am so we were out the door around 6am and went to see the Piazza di Navona and Trevi Fountain first. Then we made sure to leave enough time to get back to the Pantheon so we could wait in line before it opened.
The benefits to this
You avoid the crowds and lines (We were there in the middle of the summer yet there were maybe 4 other people in the Pantheon with us)
You avoid the warmest part of the day
It is better for images because the lighting is nice and no one is around!
There you have it - the best way to organize and schedule your activities and attractions for the trip! In my next Italy Basics Series post I will be sharing about how to get around!