It’s true. I’m enamored with travel. So much so that I feel it should be an adjective, a feeling, a state of being. All you wanderlusters, wayfarers, nomads, travel junkies and thrill seekers know what I’m talking about. You could be on a trip somewhere amazing and already be dreaming up future travels for the next year, next month – heck – next week!
Guilty! … I mean, my screensaver at work is all pics from my trips abroad. Which really doesn’t help at all when I already have a tendency to daydream of far-off places as it is.
As much as I’ve loved planning every painstaking detail that goes into all my trips, I’ve noticed it can be overwhelming when I’ve had to research site after site, travel blog after travel blog and review after review just to find the best itinerary for me and my travel buddy. I take pride in planning these trips on a tighter budget – I like to brag that I don’t need a travel agent. To me, it’s like a “choose your own adventure” game.
Sure, there are some travelers who can just pick up and go, and then figure out all the details once they get there. However, wish as I might, I am not one of those travelers. I like my checklists, my spreadsheets and my Plan Bs, Cs and Ds. To me, this is the best way to ensure that I maximize my time at my destination – that I don’t waste half a day there trying to find a place to stay or setting my itinerary. I want all that already planned and organized ahead of time so I can mitigate risks and the chances that things won’t go my way.
You might call me “Type A.”
Of course, there are always going to be moments on your trip when things don’t go as planned, and you’ll have to think on your feet to shift your itinerary (we all know that’s the beauty of travel, right?), but being prepared early on helps ease your mind a lot more during those crazy moments. And sometimes, those crazy moments turn out to be wonderful accidents!
So, dear fellow traveler, my mission is to share on this blog all the helpful tips, tricks, and downloadable documents that I’ve compiled along the way. I hope this blog will be a time-saving resource for you!
And remember, as one of my good travel buddies (creator of The Crafting Board blog) likes to say, “Always leave room for spontaneity!”