In the past, travelers had to rely on guidebooks and travel notebooks to keep track of the places and activities they wanted to be sure to visit. The exponential growth of travel blogs and Pinterest has dramatically increased the resources available to travelers while planning their trips.
All the information in the world can't help you if you can't find a way to organize it.
I like to think that I'm an organized person (aspiring, maybe?) and it's really important for me to keep track of travel documents and ideas. In the past, I would write a master list of sights and then plot them out each day using a map; assuming, of course, that I found time the previous night to figure out the next day's itinerary. These days I rely on Google Maps and its MyMaps functionality.
I'm really not exaggerating when I say that it's the most helpful travel tip I can possibly give you.
Let me show you how to get started, assuming, of course, that you already have a google account.
The simplest thing to do is head to Google MyMaps and click the red button in the upper left corner that says "Create a New Map." Then use the search bar to enter your choice of location and add to the map. There are plenty of ways to categorize each location so you can find activities easily on the go.
In order to use your map offline, open the Google Maps app on your iPhone and enter the name of the city or location you're visiting. In this case, I'm downloading information for London.
Once you have the main map downloaded you should be able to pull up the offline map and have the points that you plotted appear. Being able to pull up the map offline is especially helpful when you're trying to avoid roaming fees and are without a wifi connection.
Once your map is created you'll also be able to share it with other travelers by embedding it into a blog post (like I did in my New Orleans post).
Go create your dream itinerary and make it happen!