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The best way to build your travel itinerary planner is to do research! It’s how I start every one of my international trip planners! I’ve used this tactic specifically for Europe, but it can be modified for anywhere! It can even be your round the world trip planner! Before I went to Europe, the first time, I read books, travel magazines, websites, and watched all those movies that I had said: “oh I want to see that someday!” In the olden days, I went to my local library to get books on travel to start my Europe trip planner. I know, who goes to a library anymore, but hey it’s free! Or you can, of course, browse the internet and this blog! Once you’ve done that, compile a list of the places you want to go.

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Building a Travel Itinerary Planner

Depending on how much time you have, and how well spaced out everything this, will decide how much you can accomplish. I Googled every place I wanted to visit and created a Google Drive Document to keep track of it all. Below is an example of what I did for each place. It was first separated by location, picture, name, hours open, cost, address, and finally how to get there. This became the start of my international trip planner that I absolutely live by. Not to say plans don’t change, but it really helps to get the most of my trips.

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International Trip Planner

A lot of cities will have sightseeing passes. If I plan on getting one, like the Paris Museum Pass or the Omnia Card, then I mark on my itinerary which locations that pass covers. It helps to see where not to buy a ticket or if there’s anything else like front of the line access that can save you some time. I love sightseeing passes because you can get a lot for your money. It’s one of the number one things I recommend for your Europe trip planner.

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Public Transportation vs Car Rentals

How to get there was an important piece since I wasn’t renting a car. If you do decide to rent a car, make sure you can. I knew a lady who did in Ireland and she said you had to have an international license. Depending on where you are going it can be cheaper to take public transportation. When I was in Europe it definitely made more sense to go via train or bus. However, occasionally it is cheaper to rent a car. When I was in Vancouver recently, I was going so far outside of the city that it didn’t make sense to use public transportation because of the time and money it would have cost me. Renting a car wound up to be more efficient.

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European Trip Planner Map

Next, I created a European trip planner map via Google My Maps of all the places I was visiting. You can save the map, print it, and bring it with you on your trip. I’d advise creating a map for each city so that when printed, it isn’t tiny and unreadable. These maps came in very handy, as well as my Google Drive Doc as well. Downloading the Maps.me app is also a good idea as you can look up places while on the go. I still plan all my trips this way, it is literally the best way to plan your trip.

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My map of my London locations is below, click it to make it bigger. This will help you to plan your days and figure out how much time it will take to get from place to place. And if you get done early someplace, you can figure out quickly if another destination is nearby. I marked up my map with numbers, corresponding to my Google Doc so that I knew which location was which. It’s good to go over this European trip planner map before your trip and the morning of so you can get the lay of the land.

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Saving Time and Money with a Europe Trip Planner

Now, for the locations outside of the main cities, I would Google how to get there. Hampton Court Palace is relatively close to London so it was an easy day trip from there. Warwick Castle, however, was a lot farther, and when I looked up how much it would cost to take a train there I decided it wasn’t worth it. Doing this will save you time and money with your Europe trip planner. This way you won’t go to buy a ticket and be shocked at how much it’s costing you. Especially, when you can be doing something else instead of wasting time.

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I hope this helps you to build your own travel itinerary planner. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

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Michelle Jensen is a twenty-something traveler, occasionally solo, you’ll find road tripping across the U.S. or hostel-hopping in Europe. Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with a day job in Television.

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