First up, for me the most important thing is that planning a trip should be fun. It shouldn't feel like hard work, because what's the point of doing hard work related to a holiday? This means I always put aside some special time to do trip planning when I know I can enjoy it - mostly with a glass of wine in front of my computer when I don't have any other pressures.
Once I get there, I make drawings like this. (Warning: I am not an artist).
|My first scribbles on our Tasmanian trip|
So after assembling some ideas on where to visit (via Google and tips from readers) I scribbled some of my destination ideas into my very rough map and used Google Maps (how did I plan trips without it?!) to get the driving distances. This was important this time round since the boy is of an age where sitting in the car for too long is not on his list of favourite activities. So this step got me figuring out what was possible and of course, then I started prioritising what we might like to do - taking into account my husband's preference for "lots of nature and no cities", along with nap times (probably of the small boy but perhaps of the husband too!).
|Doesn't look like Tasmania any more? But it is!|
As for the day-to-day activities of my trip, I prefer to use an "informed spontaneous" approach. In other words, I read a lot ahead of time about the kinds of activities available - hikes, museums, wineries, beaches, and so on - and then once we arrive, see what takes our fancy. Long gone are the days when I tried to see everything in a place in fear that I might miss the best thing and never be able to come back. I've noticed I enjoy travelling no matter what I decide to do or see. And I also enjoying planning my travels.
What are your travel planning trips? Please add them below to help me, and to help Ann!