Travel is freedom. One way to make it that is to go where you want.
I was standing in front of the statue, admiring the craft it was made with, letting its spirit enter my own, making me wonder about the story it depicted, the Hungarians who had to flee when Austrians attacked. It was this fleeing that created a small area of Hungarians in the middle of Romania. What was it like for them, I wondered, looking at the stone relief, how brave…
“Let’s go people!” the guide clapped loudly, interrupting my thoughts, shepherding us back on the bus. I haven’t even been able to see half of the place. We arrived a bare 10 minutes ago.
“Sorry,” she said to me, “we have an itinerary to keep.”
She was right, we did. And while it was this itinerary I chose the tour for, at times I would have spent the time differently.
It’s great to follow a done tour, saving me the trouble of finding the local flavour – with a good guide, you’ll also get to places that will not entertain individuals or small groups. I am not against group travel on the whole – I simply love the freedom of creating my own plans.
Discovering the country first from afar – deciding the places, distances, transport method, accommodation – it’s like a mini-travel on its own.
I’ve recently found a site, inspirock that is super easy to use when one wants to create a trip plan. It’s free and uses the input of various sites (viator, tripadvisor). Based on a standard selection, it even offers a suggested itinerary that you can of course customize later.
It gives you a route and you can select whether you travel by car or other means of transport, and you can check the route on a map to make the visit as efficient as you want. It’s also possible to look for accommodation on specific sites if you prefer.
I really enjoyed using it for our trip to Andalucia, check out our plan for inspiration: 13 days in Andalucia.
I only used it once so far for this trip so if you try it, let me know your opinion.
How do you usually create your itinerary when you travel?