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2020 what a disastrous year... I had planned some great trips for this year, but of course, I had to push them back like all the people who had planned something.
Fortunately, in summer the situation in Italy was better, not yet great, but we could move so, I decided to do a tour of Italy by car. I decided to do the tour in Italy to help my country’s tourism survive, just a little help but anyway I really liked the idea. Also, Italy is amazing from the north to the south without forgetting the islands so why not travel and discover new amazing landscapes and cities.
I am used to organizing trips at work, flights, hotels, trains, tours or buses no problem I will plan it but I actually never planned a road trip. This wasn’t my first road trip, I did many, but I never planned anything in particular like this time because I like to be surprised on the road. This time I planned it for four different reasons.
Why Planning a trip is important?
How do you prepare for a trip?
How to plan a road trip
I decided to prepare my road trip in Italy with Google Maps. After checking many apps I opted for Google Maps because I found it more intuitive, easy to use and very useful.
How do I make a trip on Google Maps?
Go to Google Maps. Press on the left corner on the 3 horizontal dashes and choose "Your Places". When you’re in "Your Places" choose Maps and select "create a new map" that you find at the bottom.
It will open a new page where you can start working on. Choose the title for your map and all the layers moreover you can add pins with different colours.
I personally created a layer for each day that I was going to move with the car with directions and routes to take and another layer for each city with the best things to do.
This is the full tour that I did. In blue, you can see the road using Venice as a departure and arrival point. While the other letters in blue are the places where I stopped for a couple of days or even for just one day.
In purple, I pointed out the places to visit in Tuscany while the places to see in Liguria in green.
These below, instead, are the different layers. A road trip planner with stops is easy to create with Google Maps also because you can select which layers you want to see on the map by checking the box near the layer’s name.
I know, from what I have explained it may seem difficult, but I assure you it is not, just familiarize yourself with it and have fun planning and dreaming the perfect trip for you.
If you need help, I’d be really happy to help you out, or if you’d rather have someone do it for you, I’m happy to do it. I can prepare the best road trip and share it with you through Google.
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