Keep reading to learn How To Plan Your London Trip in 4 Easy Steps!
A few years ago, my cousin and I went on an amazing short break to NYC. As we knew we only had a short time there we knew we had to use our time wisely.
One Sunday afternoon we sat down and planned out everything we wanted to do using the method I’m going to show you today and the plan turned out brilliantly. In 4 days we saw (and ate) so much, we spent minimal time on public transport and had zero arguments. Okay, maybe one about finding a toilet but none about what we were going to do that day. As our plan was so successful I wanted to share how to efficiently plan your entire trip in just 4 easy steps so you can get the most out of your time, your money and your trip. We did this for NYC but you can do it for any destination. Below are the details on How To Plan Your London Trip in 4 Easy Steps!
1. First things first … research, research, research!
If you’re anything like my mum you might be the type of person who likes to throw caution to the wind and just go with the flow on holiday. While there are some advantages in doing that I can’t stress enough how important it is to have some idea of what you want to do before you go on holiday. You don’t want to be wasting your time googling and planning while you’re on holiday.
2. Create your first map
Once you have the list of places you want to go, create a Google account or log in if you have one already. The first thing you’ll do is create a bespoke Google map. A bespoke google map will allow you to pin places to a map, name it and save it for future reference. Once you’ve created your account, go to Google maps, click the menu at the top of the page and then click ‘Your Places’.
Once you’ve clicked ‘Your Places’, click create map at the bottom of the page.
Now you’ll want to name the map for your trip. For example ‘LONDON TRIP 2022’.
Search for the places on your list one by one. Once you’ve found it hit ‘Add to Map’. You’ll want to pin ALL of the places you want to go on this map first before we do anything else.
3. Categorise that map
Once you have all of your places on the map, you’ll want to categorise them into:
2. Places to see/things to do
3. Places to eat
I went that one step further in the food category and added different colours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s up to you if you want to do that.
4. Lastly, create daily maps
Now you have pinned everywhere you want to go on one map, you’re going to want to create separate maps for each day of your trip. The aim of this is to tackle the things you want to do that which are all in the same area so you’re not wasting your time jumping all over the place and on public transport.
For our NYC trip, we looked at the overall map and decided we were going to tackle all the things on the upper east side one day, uptown another day and downtown on the last day. Then, we created daily maps grouped by area. We found that it worked best if we pinned the places we really wanted to go to first and then based the rest of our day around those. In our case, we made sure we had at least one breakfast place, 3 touristy spots, a sweet treat, dinner and a bar. If you’re visiting London you can do the same thing based on area. For example, you can spend a day in East London and another in West London rather than hopping all over the place.
… AND THAT’S IT. YOU’RE DONE!
Eh voila! Your entire trip is planned out in just 4 easy steps. I know it might *seem* complicated with all my screenshots but once you read through you’ll realise it’s really not. I was just being super detailed to make sure you understand exactly the steps I took.
All that’s left to say is have an *amazing* trip and I hope this method helps you make the most of it!