How to be Efficient in Travel Planning

You know where to go. You know where to stay. You know when you are starting your adventure to a whole new place you have never explored before. 

Then you realize you do not know how to proceed with your journey.

New travellers tend to have their own list of attractions or places to visit before they go, but they do not know which one to visit first, or which one is nearer to the other, or which one is closed on Sundays. They would get lost within the foreign city, wasting time going around the city like a mindless fly, or wasting too much money on transportation (we need those for our own basic survival and souvenirs to please families and friends). No worries, I am here to guide you on how to know your way around the city and have an easy-going trip without rushing around or wasting a lot of money.

Step 1: Check!

Check everything! The opening hours, the location, ticketing price, transportation availability. Every bit of information is very vital to your trip! You definitely don’t want to go to the Petronas Twin Tower on a Monday and find out the gates are closed shut. You don’t want to miss out on the student offer for the Muzium Negara entrance ticket.

Most of the time the details you need are shown in the side column in the Google search engine, but it would be better if you cross-check with the information in the official website. 


(Opening hours of Muzium Negara in the Google Search Engine)

(Cross-check with the official website of Muzium Negara)

Step 2: Categorize

Group the attractions according to specific areas, ticket pricing and opening hours. This can make your scheduling easier.

Student discountMuzium Negara
Free AdmissionNational Arts Gallery, Sultan Abdul Samad Building
MyKad DiscountPetronas Twin Tower, Zoo Negara

Step 3: Schedule

This is the most important part of the guide.

With the sorted list, you can start your scheduling by knowing which places to visit within the same day and what time you should visit them. Also, annotate with extra information like ticket pricing, opening hours, restrictions or historical background.

Here are a few tips:

  • It is better to visit places that are nearby your accommodation once you have checked in. You can get exhausted from the long journey, especially those who have survived a flight trip. You can go somewhere further for the next few days. 
  • Place the ones that close early as the priority. You still have time to look at others without rushing. If there are extended opening hours until nighttime, make use of that.
  • Prioritize those with cheap tickets or discounts. Those could help you save more money for shopping and food. 
  • Adding extra attractions in the list as backups. It would come in handy if you finish your list early and wish to venture more.

Step 4: Mapping

It is crucial to know how to go to the nearest bus or train station from your accommodation, so you will know how to go to your first destination of the day and not being a lost cause. You should also know how to get from one place to another, what to see along the way, how long it should take from one place to another. Google Maps is always your best friend when it comes to directions and public transport schedule.


(From KL City Gallery to KLCC, along the way there is the National Textiles Museum.)

Here is a brief example of your travel planner:

Bonus: Be Considerate

If you are travelling with your friends or family, please consider each of their needs and restrictions.

But remember, going for a vacation with your companions is to create long-lasting memories and to have fun!

By Jenny Hor

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