Travel Planning and Stress

Ask anybody, I’m one of those people who enjoys travel planning, and end up packing each day with things to do.

I would want to sight-see, eat lunch at a place I checked out on Yelp, then go see a live music performances in a consecutive four hours of activity. I would constantly check my watch to see what’s next on my itinerary.

If this sounds familiar, raise your hand.

I mean, I try not to plan every single second of the trip, but I just get so excited that I want to do everything with every second of travel.

But if you’re anything like me, then doing activity one day after another can get overwhelming very quickly. This is especially true in the case of me planning several outings in the same day.

You do things up to the point where it doesn’t feel like vacation any more.

… Not only that…

When you travel with other people (like my boyfriend), things are not going to be on schedule all the time.

The bus is late. There is traffic. The event is longer than expected. Someone has a sudden emergency. The weather is doing its own thing. It goes on.

I’ve planned and planned trips around the world, and we have missed so many of those heavily planned days because it simply doesn’t always work out

How to Save Yourself

In situations like these, it is important to realize that everything will be okay. There’s nothing that needs to be done while your on vacation.

First. Don’t be like me. Don’t pack everything you want to do in all seven days of vacation. Leave a day or two free to just do anything that catches your fancy, spontaneity is half the fun. If you’re not a spontaneous person, then at least leave several of your mornings or nights free to kick back and relax.

Second. Realize that you stressing out makes it less enjoyable for everyone else. Nobody likes being rushed. Plan with plenty of time to spare in between to get ready. If you can’t relax and chill, group travel probably not for you.

Third. Always be ready for your plan to fail. Have one or two thing that you have to do (like going to a Queen + Adam Lambert concert), and plan for that.

Fourth. Wander around. You’ll definitely find something worthy of spending time to do.

Isn’t it the plan to spend time relaxing and pampering yourself anyway?

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23 thoughts on “Travel Planning and Stress

  1. I do the same thing! I once planned to see Arches National Park in Utah in 45 minutes. What was I thinking?! We spent 2.5 hours there and it meant getting into our hotel that night just after midnight. I had hoped to fit as much into our day as possible and with the long distance we needed to travel I just didn’t give us enough time to do the biggest and most interesting one! It can be very difficult to relax and take the necessary time but I’ll do my best. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ohh, that happens to me all the time with hikes!! I always forget that I want to take a million photos of all the scenery while traveling! Arches is such a beautiful park, I’m so glad you were able to visit! Haha, that’s way more than the time you budgeted! You visited the park at night??

  2. Enjoyed reading your post: reminds me of the difference between my husband and I … he’s a Always-On-The-Go Traveller & I’m a Go-With-The-Flow Girl. After many trips, we are finally able to do travel in sync by not doing every single thing together!

    1. I knooow. Life is tough when your travel partner goes on a different flow. I’m thankful though, because we keep each other in check. He makes sure I don’t go too fast, I make sure he doesn’t go too slow. :3

    1. Haha, great for you! I think that travel destinations like cruises and resorts are nice, when everything is planned and scheduled out. Maybe I’ll try it one day!

  3. A useful list and definitely one I relate to and should reference when gearing up for our next trip!

    The travel experiences I’ve enjoyed the most are the ones where I let go my iron grip on the itinerary, accept that things aren’t going to go exactly as planned, and delve into spontaneity and more free spirited activities! Travel is about adventure and what is more adventurous than the unexpected (although, at the very least I need to know in advance where I’m going to sleep!)

    1. My thoughts exactly! What an exciting thing to do- planning for a trip. I’m still figuring out what I want to do at times! Good luck, and happy travels! <3

  4. Napping is such a great plan on vacation! I don’t know how take naps… just either dead asleep or wide awake. ha. Where have ya’ll been traveling?

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