SPECIAL NOTE: This post is not intended for my clients who make inquiries about Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron.
Time is gold.
Forgive me for being blunt but I continue to receive 5-10 inquiries per day asking me about itineraries even to places that I already blogged about. If you have time, try reading the comments section of my blog- promise, its fun, sometimes funny.
Is the article: Dear Reader, I’m not a snob… not enough?
What Not To Ask When Doing Your Itinerary:
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate it when readers leave a comment or praise on my blog or facebook page but please don’t flatter me with words like these:
From an Mr. Avi dr eader:
“Hi journeying james! I’m a big fan of your blog. Can you please help me make an itinerary for 3D/2N in Camiguin? Thanks sir, we need it asap.”
or something like this from Sir Dinag babasa:
“Hi, can you book us a roro bus from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, we are 5 and will be leaving this Saturday. How can we pay you? Thanks sir.”
or words like this from Miss Ed Traveler:
“Hello po, pwede po pasend ng itinerary for palawan, 4 days po kami doon, gusto po namin pumunta sa underground river, honda bay, el nido and coron. salamat po, looking forward for your response. pa-email nlang po sir. thanks talaga!”
If you are in my
shoes slippers, how would you answer these questions? I have far better things to do than answering far out questions.
While thinking of the best way to handle those inquiries, I want to share with you what my friend Janeca (Ja-nee-ka) did as she is preparing her itinerary for Mindanao.
Do Your Research and Ask the Right Questions:
Now, I want to use this example of how to properly make an itinerary because I will not make an itinerary for you (unless its for Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron which are actually the tour packages I offer). But I am willing to show you how to do your own so next time you go to a new place, you will be proud of yourself that you are the one who planned for your trip.
Actually, it gets me excited when readers share their itinerary with me and ask me for comments/suggestions. The message like the one above perked me up, that kind of research and informed questions made me want to help. It says to me that Janeca is really preparing for the trip.
Narrow Down Your Search.
Note: I’m not google, but you can narrow down your search by adding “journeyingjames” to your Google search.
Example to type on Google search:
“caramoan journeyingjames” or “puerto princesa journeyingjames” or cheap accommodations boracay journeyingjames”
I think I have covered a lot of places already, in fact, I’ve been to all the 80 Philippine provinces. So it would be helpful if you would add “journeyingjames” to your search. Better yet, make it a habit to check my blog so you’ll know all topics I cover.
Steps in doing your own itinerary:
1. Get a big map. Mark your destination(s) with an (x) or (♥) or stick-its like mine.
2. Write down the places you want to see/visit; the foods you want to try, the adventures worth to experience.
3. On accommodations, list all the suggestions you can get on google and other blogs.
4. Make a box or Excel spreadsheet with the days you are traveling. You can put to use your phone calendar or planner here. (I’m oldskul so I still use pen and paper).
5. Note the travel time from point A to B and put lots of allowance as transportation system is not that organized, especially on places that are hard to reach.
After this, try to visualize what will happen per day, don’t be OC, leave room for misadventures and failed attempts. Sometimes you don’t need to follow the itinerary. Itineraries are meant to guide us not a rule us. Try reading this: How to Make Your Trip ‘UNFORGETTABLE”
Choose your dream destination and make a 3-4days itinerary for that using the lessons you learned above. You can comment it here or send that on my email and expect me to answer your queries. Game?
- –Make Your Trip ‘UNFORGETTABLE”
- –10 Philippine Backpacking Routes for Newbies
- –How to Start Your Own Backpacking Trip