Planning your first vacation is both exciting and stressful. The best way to make sure that your first vacation has no major snafus is to create a travel itinerary. If you’ve never created a travel itinerary before, you can find three steps below that will guide you.

Gather Important Information

The first step in building your travel itinerary is to gather all of the important information you will need to successfully arrive at your destination. This important information should include flight number, gate number, time of flight departure, the name of the hotel you’ll be staying at, your reservation confirmation number, the name of the car rental company you’ll be using, and directions to your hotel from the airport in case you get lost or confused while driving from the airport. Pay close attention to any time deadlines you have. Highlight them or circle them in red to draw attention to them while you’re skimming over your itinerary.

Plan Your Tourist Destinations

The next item in your travel itinerary should be a list of all of the tourist destinations you’d like to visit. If you plan on vacationing in a place you’ve never visited before, your knowledge of the area will be limited. Remedy this by doing research on popular tourist attractions in the area. Find attractions that appeal to you and that you can afford. Write these attractions down in a list. Be sure to include the hours of operation and any admission fees listed on the attractions’ websites. You will also want to include directions to these tourist attractions from your hotel in case you can’t use GPS or your smartphone’s data to bring up a map application.

Make A Travel Budget

The last page of your travel itinerary should be a carefully planned budget. Begin the budget by listing your travel necessities and their accompanying cost. Travel necessities should include hotel stay, food, gas, and public transportation fees. After you’ve listed your travel necessities, give yourself a set amount of money to spend per day on souvenirs, gifts, and other extra expenses. The admission fees for tourist attractions should be split between your list of necessities and extra expenses. If your budget is very tight, you may want to consider reducing the number of tourist attractions you plan to visit. Also, opt for cheap diners or street food vendors for your meals instead of expensive restaurants to help keep you within your budget.