Writing 02 - Make an Itinerary
If you go somewhere you are not familiar with, like London, it's a good idea to make an itinerary first.

Writing 02 - Make an Itinerary

How many times have we heard the lament of a father saying that he had forgotten to bring his reading glasses when he left his home for the much awaited holiday? The mother is more concerned because she forgot the medicines. The son and daughter are probably more careful as they pack in their video games with the necessary batteries. In order that people travelling do not forget important aspects of their trip an itinerary comes in handy.

An itinerary is defined as 'a detailed plan for a journey'. It outlines the dates of travel from the home town to other towns or places and the details of the return to the home town. It lists the duration of stay in each place and the places to sleep. It identifies the interesting places to visit in each place. It also covers such aspects as costs and modes of transport.

An itinerary can be expanded to cover all aspects of a journey being made whether for leisure or business or even in an emergency. In today’s busy world the itinerary plays an important role in helping the traveller to get maximum mileage out of his trip. More often than not we tend to take things for granted and suffer when we are out of town in a setting that is not familiar to us. Just imagine, you go to London and spend half a day in understanding the way the underground trains work. You could save this half a day by doing some research before you left home.

If we prepare ourselves better before we embark on a journey we could make our time away more enjoyable. In the father’s case he might have to do without reading and in the mother’s case she may waste time buying her medicines and sometimes she may not even get the medicines without a proper prescription.

An itinerary helps us to map out every aspect of our journey in great detail so that things fall into place, no time is wasted and no important aspect is left out. Play this quiz and test yourself to see if you are a good traveller or not.
1.
What is an itinerarium or itineraria?
An ancient Roman road map.
A travel brochure.
A history of travel by ancient travellers.
A travel plan that includes a visit to an aquarium.
An itinerarium was an Ancient Roman road map. The map listed villages and towns and other places giving distances between them. It is from this word that we get the word itinerary. Itineraria is the plural of itinerarium
2.
Which of the following is not necessarily a part of the itinerary for your plan to visit Bengaluru?
Visiting Lal Bagh.
To read a book on the plane journey.
To check in at the Taj Residency hotel.
A visit to Venkatappa Art Gallery.
Reading a book on a plane journey is a casual activity and need not be a part of the itinerary
3.
When you want to travel what is the most important action you have to take?
To lock the house.
To make arrangements for your dog to be looked after.
To pack your bags.
To make an itinerary.
While the activities in the other options are all a part of your travel plans, without an itinerary your trip can be spoilt by any number of events that could have been taken care of before you left home. Thus, making an itinerary is the most important activity in your travel plans
4.
What thumb rule would you adopt for driving distance in a day in case of self-driving itinerary?
150-300 miles a day.
100-150 miles a day.
50-75 miles a day.
Less than 25 miles a day.
On a self-driving tour you need to conserve your time and energy for visiting places and hence you need to travel may be 50-75 miles in a day, which would take about one to one and half hours of journey time. Mileages in options 1 and 2 are too long and consume time and sap your energy. Option 4 is usually what you travel on a normal sight seeing day in a particular place
5.
If you were working in a travel company and you had to advise clients on their itinerary what qualities should you possess?
A good knowledge of geography.
Good map-reading skills.
A good knowledge of the places to be visited.
All of the above.
As a travel planner you need to have the skills mentioned in all three options in order to advise a client adequately
6.
One of the first steps in an itinerary is to conduct a destination search. After you have chosen your destinations what would be the next step?
To book accommodations.
To confirm your departure and return times in the modes of transport you have opted for.
To arrange sightseeing activities.
To write the itinerary.
When you are travelling out of town one of the most important activities is to decide on the destination and, once that decision has been made, you have to decide on the mode of transport and then the departure and return times have to be confirmed. The activities in the other options would all follow thereafter
7.
For your South India trip you plan to travel by car. Which of the following would be in your itinerary?
A route map of the places being visited.
The distances between the places to be visited.
Automobile service stations in each of the places to be visited.
All the above.
Since your trip is only by car all of the information given in the 4 options is vital for a successful journey
8.
In your flight information ticket which of the following is not critical to your travel?
Flight departure time.
Flight arrival time.
Name of passenger.
Vegetarian or nov-vegetarian meal selection.
Your meal selection is not critical to your travel whereas the information given in the other options is
9.
What is an itinerary?
A detailed plan made before undertaking a journey.
A travel brochure from an advertiser.
An invitation from a friend.
A travel visa.
An itinerary is a detailed plan for a journey. It outlines the places to visit, dates of travel, duration of stay in each place, interesting places to visit in each place, costs and modes of transport
10.
A hub-and-spoke itinerary means what?
A type of routing that allows a person to stay in a place and make day trips to other places and return to the place of stay.
A type of routing that takes you to many places in a circular route.
A type of routing that involves travel by bicycles.
A type of routing that involves travel by motorcycles.
When many places of interest are situated within a short driving distance it is advantageous to adopt the hub-and-spoke itinerary. For example, if there are three places - B, C and D - within a short distance from A, then it makes sense to stay in A and do daily trips to B, C and D
Author:  V T Narendra

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