Anyone who’s ever created a trip plan knows that there’s more than one way to skin that cat. However, the more abundant the options for a country are, the more confounding planning becomes. As a result, many travelers just default to the cities and attractions guidebooks recommend to the masses. Can you blame them? Without an itinerary planner, you’d have to quit your day job to properly plan a trip in the Information Age. Wouldn’t it be great, then, if you could get a personally tailored itinerary without paying for it or tediously stitching it together from scratch yourself?
Inspirock’s free trip planner gives you a personal travel plan. You tell it your interests and it gives you an itinerary tailored to them—along with a slew of tools to tweak it as you see fit. Let’s take a look at how you can use Inspirock to approach two big tourism cats, each in two distinct ways: Thailand and Australia.
Thailand Two Ways:
1. Feeding Your Head With History and Culture
Created with the Thailand trip planner, this plan is for history buffs and culture aficionados (details from the plan below):
Thailand is rich with thousands of years of history and civilization, and exploring its cultural gems makes for an intriguing travel option. Start off in Bangkok, one of the world’s most popular cities for visitors, and you’ll be treated to a fascinating mishmash of old and new, chaos and calm. On a hilltop above the urban sprawl—home to 14 million—you’ll find a Buddhist temple complex, Wat Saket. Of course, you won’t want to miss the Temple of Dawn either, one of the city’s most popular attractions and dating back to the 17th century. Round out your time in town with visits to the luxurious Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the nation’s most sacred temple.
Following the itinerary planner, head north to Auytthaya and Sukothai, packed with historical riches like the Wat Phra Mahthat and Sukothai Historical Park, along with several local museums. Chiang Mai, the nation’s northern hub for travelers, offers treats of its own, including more Buddhist temples, Wat Phra Singh and the monumental 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. Take a break from sightseeing at the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School, where you can take home a lasting memento of your trip in the form of age-old recipes and cooking techniques. It’s certainly tough to argue with adding Thai dishes to your repertoire. The itinerary planner has you finish off your adventure in the peaceful, somewhat remote town of Nan, which boasts an abundance of ornate houses and the gorgeous murals at Wat Phumin.
2. Going Long on Leisure
Alternatively, you can use the Thailand trip planner for a more leisurely approach to your vacation:
If historical sites are more of a sideshow for your vacation, Thailand’s legendary leisure destinations certainly won’t let you down. For starters, head to Bangkok’s Lumpini Park for a quieter escape from the city’s tourist hubbub. Afterward, you can fit in a little sightseeing by hopping aboard a locally guided boat tour down the Chao Phraya River for a different view of the capital and its surroundings. Of course, you can always start the day with a visit to the spa for a soak in the pool, a professional massage, and lots of time spent in a killer bathrobe.
Heading south, it’s time to hit the beach. Ko Phi Phi Don’s Laem Tong Bay and Maya Bay look like destinations right off of a postcard, with their white sands, gorgeous rock formations, and shimmering blue waters. Phra Nang Beach, Kata Beach, and Ko Chang’s White Sand Beach all beckon farther south. For the ultimate in seclusion, try Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach or Haad Yuan Beach on Ko Phangan. Once you’ve had your fill of sipping drinks on the beach, check out the snorkeling and diving rentals and tours offered at many locations, which allow you to get an up-close glimpse of the region’s riotous array of marine wildlife. Hiking around southern Thailand’s lush landscape is also appealing, and spots like the Klong Plu Waterfall make for rewarding bouts of exertion between relaxing days on the waterfront.
Australia New and Old:
1. Cool, Cosmopolitan Cities
This itinerary, created with the Australia trip planner, showcases the best of what Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane have to offer:
Australia’s growing cities burst with culture and sophistication equal to just about anywhere in Europe or North America. Flashy Melbourne boasts a skyline that gives Sydney a run for its money, with towering skyscrapers juxtaposed alongside historical colonial buildings and monuments. Check out the Old Melbourne Gaol or Melbourne Museum to learn more about the founding of the once-notorious prison colony, or explore the Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo for a quieter escape from the bustle of town.
Next, make your way to Sydney, Australia’s largest city and certainly its most cosmopolitan. This sprawling megalopolis of nearly five million residents features tons of variety when it comes to things to do, such as browsing fantastic institutions like the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Head for The Rocks, a historical neighborhood packed with the remnants of 18th-century homes, and you’ll be exploring one of the first areas on the continent to be settled by Europeans. Of course, you won’t want to miss the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge (which you can walk across if you’re feeling daring), or the equally legendary Sydney Opera House.
Brisbane also merits a visit thanks to its gorgeous natural setting, which features plenty of riverside green spaces, urban parks, and a laid-back vibe. James Street, a bustling upscale shopping neighborhood, epitomizes Brisbane’s blend of tranquility and activity.
2. The Wilds Down Under
Also created with the Australia trip planner, this itinerary takes you to some of The Land Down Under’s more remote destinations:
Though the lights of the big city draw many visitors down under, Australia’s vast expanses of wide-open landscapes, soul-stirring vistas, and endless swathes of wild outback make heading into the continent’s heart a can’t-miss experience. In this case, the itinerary planner starts you off in the western city of Perth, where you can spend a few days wandering the Kings Park & Botanic Garden, touring the historical Fremantle Prison, or just kicking back on the shores of Cottesloe Beach.
From here, the itinerary planner sends you exploring in Australia’s more open spaces at Margaret River and Cervantes. Eerie Jewel Cave and Lake Cave, the otherworldly rock formations at The Pinnacles, and the expansive desert of Nambung National Park are just a few highlights in the area.
Head for Alice Springs, the center of the Outback (or “Woop Woop,” as the Aussies call it), and get situated before setting off for one of Australia’s most famous landmarks: Uluru, also known as Ayer’s Rock, rising 348 m (1,142 ft) from the surrounding flatlands. Nearby Kata Tjuta is arguably just as impressive.
In the north, Katherine makes a great base for exploring the rocky gorges of Nitmiluk National Park. This vibrant ecosystem plays home to crocodiles, birds, and plenty of other critters. You can end your outback odyssey with a soak in the Katherine Hot Springs or a dip at Edith Falls’ natural pools. The itinerary planner has you emerging from Woop Woop in the northern city of Darwin, where you can watch the sun set on your Australian vacation from Mindil Beach.
Your holiday is a chance to live your dreams, whether that be trailblazing through the bush and exploring ancient sites, or kicking back on the beach and covering your eyes with cucumber slices. Whatever your travel style, you can create an itinerary to match it with Inspirock’s free trip planner.