Have you been dreaming about a destination for ages but feel you’re unable to organize your diy travel by yourself?

Follow these steps and you’ll be there in a while (and back home safe and sound!).

1. Decide where to go for your DIY travel

If a place has been popping up in your mind since the first time you heard of it, it probably means that you need to go there. 

Until you get a foothold on its ground, you won’t rest easy, so… no excuses!

Choose one of those places and start the adventure of a DIY trip, not any trip, but your trip.

2. Dear traveler, get information

You can never have enough information, and that’s the reason why you should try to widen your knowledge about your desired place, e.g. photos, travel reportages, magazines, maps, articles and obviously blog posts.

I know I’m fixed on handwriting, but for me, as I write the letters on the paper, it seems to imprint them in my mind. So a green light to notebooks, to write everything down, store it and take it with you wherever you go. If you’re more technological than me, you can use the notes on your smartphone.

Surf the net for tips or chat to people who have already been there, look on Instagram the most mind-blowing pics, read tourist information sites, read the names on the map and let yourself be captured by the most curious ones.

The more knowledge you have, the more choices there are.

3. Choose the date of your DIY travel

At this point, you will more or less know what you want to see and doOn the basis of this and of other factors mentioned below, you can choose the period to go.

Factors to be considered:

– your job, holidays and engagements

latitude 

season

weather and temperature

– things you wrote down in step number 2, e.g. if you want to go to Norway seeking the northern light, avoid the summer!

equipment (do you already own it or do you need to buy it?), e.g. if you want to go to Norway in winter, you will need to be well covered up from head to toe

– folk festivals or other feasts could be an occasion not to be missed if you’re around. Take a look at the local calendar!

– any advice for other factors to be taken into account? Write in the Comments box below.

If a plane is necessary to reach the starting point, check out the cheapest flights, combing through different sites and offers. If you have variable dates, it’ll be easier to find some affordable prices.

While you’re sorting out the next steps, you may find that you’ll have to change your original dates, trying to match together a lot of different aspects: public transport timetables and closing times, accomodation availability, opening hours of monuments and museums, and so on.

But it’s important to try and fix them, as an hypothesis, just because in doing so you’ll have a plan to follow each day.

4. Track down on a map

It’s time to lengthen the list you drew up in step number 2, tracking the places you want to visit down on a map (Google Maps is my favorite) and take note of the distances between them. In this step, you often have some surprises, because you didn’t realize before how far apart they were.

Try to jot down a sketch of your daily plan. If you’re going on a backpacking trip, on foot and with a backpack of around 15-20 kilos (30-45 pounds), just know that the daily mileage covered is:

– up to 6 miles for a medium-short stage;

– from 6 to 12 miles for a medium-long stage;

– from 12 to 20 kilometers for a very long stage (after a day like this, it’s better if the next one is a rest day, maybe visiting a city, or something with a short mileage).

Remember: a backpacking trip should absolutely be a pleasant and entertaining experience, that gives you the time to appreciate the true soul of the place you’re visiting.

Don’t set stages that are too long, because tiredness, expecially accumulated, clouds your capacity to enjoy the priceless beauty around you.

Visit a small area in depth, take the time to admire it, to explore some hidden corners, to take unique pictures, to be amazed by what surrounds you.

At the end of this step, you’ll have an idea of which area you’re going to visit and of which attractions you don’t want to miss out on.

If you have any questions, write them in Comments and the #TeamGetGoing community will help you.

Then, go on to next step to organize your best DIY travel by yourself!

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