By Caroline Bujold
I love travelling; exploring new places or going to a country I’ve been before and expanding my discoveries.
I love being in airports, the sound of trains and being able to simply wander the streets in a foreign city.
My husband and I definitely have different styles when it comes to planning and organizing vacations. I like to plan, book in advance and gather most of the details. For Dave, as long as we have plane tickets and a place to stay, the rest is not that essential to him.
I guess I suffer a bit from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I want to make sure that I have all the information necessary so I don’t miss out on the things and places I most want to do and see. But sometimes, I find it exhausting. Having a plan for every single day makes me feel like I’m on a mission and takes away some of the magic of travelling.
Mid-August we had a lovely two-week vacation in small town Southern California. We wanted a staycation, but away from home. So we found a little old motel that had a kitchenette, 5 minutes away from the beach, bought plane tickets and planned mostly nothing.
What I mean by that is, we made a list of events happening around town and things we wanted to potentially do and deferred decision making to the actual vacation. This system is definitely not perfect. Sometimes we idle too much because we can’t seem to make a decision. But most times, it makes for a more relaxing time.
There are of course benefits to planning, especially if you’re going on a more complex trip. But there are also advantages to leaving all or part of your itinerary intentionally blank. For example:
- If you’re willing to roll with it, it’s really less stressful. Planning requires a lot of brain power and sticking to your plan takes energy and can be exhausting.
- You can say yes to exciting and fun experiences you didn’t even know existed, or can simply let your mood dictate what you will do that day.
- You don’t have to feel guilty if you decide to do absolutely nothing. Relaxing and staying put doesn’t have to feel like a waste of time. Refuelling, after all, is the point of a vacation.
Planning is an important and fun part of travelling, but I’m learning to do it differently so getting away also feels like vacationing.
Tell me, are you a planner to the last minute, a leave it to chance type of traveller or somewhere in the middle? Does it depend on the trip you’re taking?
In other news …
I also had my first visit to The Container Store; it was on my list of things to do.
If you don’t know this American brand, picture all the cute baskets, boxes, jars and bins you own (or want to own) and put them all in organized shelves … Heaven!
You can order online and they deliver in Canada, but I always prefer to see articles before I buy them. So I purchased a few goodies that I haven’t seen in stores at home.
And my attire of the day matched the bag!