Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a passion for creating 24 Hour travel itineraries. While you are sleeping, I’m trying to find the perfect place to have dinner in Denver. While you are driving to work, I am researching the most interesting museum at which to spend the morning in Munich. But recently I learned about a new website/app called Sygic Travel. This app makes it even easier for me to plan my travel itineraries. I’m very excited to share what I have learned with all my favorite Internet Strangers out there.
There’s both an app and a desktop version, but I’m going to use screenshots from the desktop version because they are easier to see. I’m using the Premium app, which lets you download the maps for use offline. It also gives you access to premium travel guides.
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1) Pick Your Destination
This goes without saying! As an example, I’m going to plan a trip to my hometown of New York.
2) choose a sygic travel template (if applicable)
The templates are Sygic Travel’s suggestions for daily itineraries in certain popular cities. (They’re not available in all destinations, for example Oklahoma City.) I liked starting with the templates because they gave me some good suggestions and it was pretty easy to alter them.
3) edit days
You’ll probably want to switch around some of the templates, so just click on the day at the top of the page…
Click on edit days…
And then move around the days as you wish! Couldn’t be easier!
4) tweak your sygic travel itinerary
This is the fun part. You can look at your sample itinerary and fix it so it’s optimal. Their template for a day visiting the Statue of Liberty is good, and I like how it tells me how long it will take me to get to each location and whether I should walk or drive there. I just want to make it so that I visit Castle Clinton before Battery Park. (Castle Clinton has a closing time and Battery Park does not.) I just click on Edit…
Click the button on the side…
And move Castle Clinton around!
You can also add places to the itinerary. I like the start of Sygic Travel’s Midtown itinerary, but I want to add the Museum of Modern Art. I just go to the search box at the top of the screen…
And I add it to my itinerary!
5) create your own sygic travel itinerary
It’s easy to create your own plan. Just start with the first thing you know you want to do, like the Metropolitan Museum.
Click on the + to add it to your schedule.
Then click on the Places button to see other attractions in the area to add to your itinerary. I added a little history time with The Museum of the City of New York, some highlights of Central Park, shopping at Bloomies, and a show at Lincoln Center.
6) adjust the times
I really like how Sygic Travel includes an estimated time to spend at each attraction, but sometimes you’re going to want to spend a little more or less time at each place. Just click on the item and then click on the time estimate.
You can adjust as you wish.
7) add a custom place
Sygic Travel doesn’t have as many comprehensive listings of restaurants as they do of tourist attractions. Let’s say I want to add dinner at Bar Boulud to my itinerary. I click on Add custom place…
And I add Bar Boulud! It’s easy! I do hope that they add restaurant recommendations to the program soon because as far as I am concerned it is the one thing the app is missing.
You can also add “Custom Place” if you are going on a walking tour. Just add the meeting place for the walking tour as a custom place, then adjust the time to reflect the amount of time the walking tour is supposed to last.
That’s how you use sygic travel to plan an itinerary
Even though my trip to New York is not real, I actually have used Sygic Travel to plan my upcoming trips for the next couple of months, and it has made the process a lot easier. I can check that I have enough time to complete each itinerary, and I can make sure that I can get around to where I need to go. As a non-driver, this is very important to me. It has also given me ideas for places to add to my itineraries that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. I definitely recommend it.