Yes, I wrote down all the cities I wanted to go, the time I should get the trains and the days I would stay in the city.
Of course during the trip I cancelled going to some places, added other ones, changed the time I would get the trains (if it was not booked – when you book a train you have to pay and to get some trains it is compulsory to book before), sometimes you have to change your host (for many reasons like he is sick, he can not host you anymore, he felt down and is in the hospital, he acted in a suspicious way, he mistreated you, etc.) and then you have to change the date of your trip or find another host or go and stay in a hostel.
I made lots of changes before and during my backpacking but I always had a schudule, it was a guide for me. It is important to write down what you would like to do not to be lost in your trip and to try to follow what you were thinking of doing before leaving home, to have a goal, an aim, even if you just write: ” I will do whatever I feel like doing when I read it!”
Here is my trip in the paper! When I got back home I wrote where and when I had been backpacking because my previous schedule could not be read anymore! (So many changes – but I will upload it here just for you to see!)
TRIPS AROUND EUROPE – SCHEDULE:
–> NOVEMBER – 21TH, 22TH – TRIP TO HEIDELBERG WITH IAESTE.
–> NOVEMBER – 25TH, 26TH – MUNICH (BAYERN MATCH IN ALIANZ STADIUM).
–> DECEMBER – 5TH, 6TH – MAYBE AUSTRIA WITH IAESTE.
–> DECEMBER – 12TH TO 17TH – LONDON (COUCHSURFING).– DECEMBER – 20TH TO 26TH à WINTERTHUR, VIDOR AND VENICE WITH DANIELE.
–> DECEMBER/JANUARY – 26TH TO 2nd – BARCELONA, MONACO, MILANO WITH THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE.
–> FROM JANUARY 7TH TO FEBRUARY 10TH – BACKPACKING THROUGH EUROPE (EURAIL GLOBAL PASS):
1) PARIS (7,8,9,10,11)
2) BRUSSELS (11,12,13,14)
3) AMSTERDAM (14,15,16,17 à 18)
4) PRAHA (18,19,20,21)
5) WIEN (21,22,23,24)
6) FIRENZE (25,26,27)
7) ROMA (27,28,29,30,31)
8) BARI (GET A SHIP TO) (31,1,2,3)
9) PATRAS (3à4)
10) ATHENS (ON FEBRUARY 7TH GET A SHIP TO) (4,5,6,7)
– CRETA (TILL FEBRUARY 10TH) (7,8,9,10)
– GET A PLANE BACK TO GERMANY (FROM ATHENS TO STUTTGART ).
– GET TRAIN BACK TO KONSTANZ.
– FEBRUARY 13TH à GET THE PLANE TO BRAZIL FROM STUTTGART AIRPORT.