Until 6 years ago, I always planned my family’s vacations in detail. I would schedule all the unique experiences offered in the destination, make a list of must-see sites and schedule a day and time to see them, select special dining locations and make reservations, schedule down time for relaxation and shopping, and make a list of alternate options in case we needed them. We always had something do to and never had to ask “What now?” While I was struggling with Fibromyaglia symptoms, I could not plan our vacations. As a result, we flew by the seat of our pants while vacationing. We just kind of tried anything that sounded interesting and was available. Surprisingly this worked well most of the time. Following are my thoughts to help you decide if you should create a detailed plan or fly by the seat of your pants.
Are you visiting family or a familiar destination?
If you are going to a city you know very well and visiting friends or family, then you absolutely do not need a detailed itinerary for your getaway. Usually your host will plan your itinerary for the visit. As an idea, you could plan a one-day itinerary to experience something special as a thank you for your hosts. I’ve had clients surprise their family with a special culinary experience, a joint spa day, a balloon ride and brunch event, and other local activities they wanted to experience and share without imposing on their hosts.
Are you exhausted and just want to check out for a few days?
If your getaway is 2 days, then I would say you are pretty safe going without a plan. However, if your vacation is 4-5 days, you should consider a plan. After a day or two of lying around and relaxing at a hotel, you’ll likely be well rested and ready for some fun. When planning your itinerary, I recommend you relax the day of arrival and the day after. Then have a few fun options that are unique to your destination scheduled over the next day or two. Last thing you want to do is get home and feel you missed out because you did not know or forgot about a special experience.
Are you planning a once in a lifetime vacation?
When traveling for a length of time and/or to a destination you have never visited before, it is essential to have a plan of attack. Again, you don’t want to get home and find out you missed a once in a lifetime experience. I belong to the “If you’re going to do something, do it right” group, and recommend you plan ahead. Find out about any of the unique one-of-a-kind experiences offered at your destination and make those your priority. Next, select your dining locations and make reservations, if necessary. Fill in the rest of your vacation schedule with a visit to a local spa, shopping, or relaxing at your hotel.
Do you plan your vacation in detail or fly by the seat of your pants?
Because I got by with a little help from my girlfriends, I want to help you get help from your girlfriends. As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.
Carmen M. Perez, Travel Planner
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