When it’s time to plan a trip, very often we are spoiled by the amount of choices. Since there are hell lot of options a country, a state or even a city can give you, it can be a dilemma in our mind over what to do and what to skip.
To make the point clear I will use an example of the vast state of Karnataka-India and how you can work on your itinerary based on it.
Here are the 5 basic ways you can categorise and sort out your itinerary.
Choose from places which shows you the rich history and cultural side of the place-if experiencing the heritage side is your focus. Note down the places you would like to see like Forts, Palaces, Museums etc and build up an itinerary based on that.
Eg:In Karnataka-Ruins of Hampi, Badami caves, Palaces of Mysore.
Deciding upon the various adventurous activities you wanna undertake can also help you build up an itinerary. If experiencing the adventurous side of the state or place is your motive, well go ahead and plan based on that.
Eg-Dandeli for river rafting, Rock climbing in Kolar, Scuba diving in Murdeshwar.
Taking a food trial is the “IN THING”. Thinking of trying out different cuisines can help you decide your path. So if you are amongst the folks for whom FOOD IS BAE, this could help you plan.
E.g. Kodagu cuisine, Mangalorean cuisine, Udupi cuisine.
Religious trip or pligrimage is a very good reason for travelling for many. Look out for temples, churches, mosques and places which can expose you to the religious side and there you are..Planned and prepared
Eg: Dharmasthala, Murdeshwar, Udupi.
If you want to go to a place and let loose, track down those place you may like to do so at. Like if you are a water baby- a beach destination would be ideal, Mountain lovers can opt for hill stations and so on..
Eg: Beaches of Gokarna, Kumta, Marvathane. Hill stations like Chikmagalur, Kemmanaguddi, Medikeri, Kudremukh.
In conclusion I would say, the best way to experience a place would be a combo of all these categories. Those mentioned here are the base and will help you to plan accordingly.
So try and experiment to get the best out of your vacation.