Travel – Attention to detail!

So to give you a bit of insight into how I plan a holiday let me start with this… I PLAN EVERYTHING!!

There are few things in life that irk me as much as wasting time.  Now when you squash yourself up and stuff yourself into a plane to travel thousands of kilometres my hate of wasting time is magnified ten fold.  For me a plan means a holiday for my brain.  It means I get to enjoy myself, see all that I want to see, go to all the places that I need to go, eat all the delicacies I want to eat and I don’t have to make a single decision along the way!  I can switch my brain off and go into cruise control – bliss! 

Now I have friends that are the care-free traveller types.  Jump on a plane and figure out what that do once they land.  That’s nice and all if you have plenty of time however having a full time job means I usually only take a 2-3 week international holiday a year and jam pack as much as I can into that time.

Yes, I realise I’m a bit of a weirdo and may take things too far but efficiency is my mantra.
So want to see some examples of me holiday planning?  Don’t judge me, I like to be organised!!

The itinerary:

Yes I have scheduled in a snack!  What of it?  I have fast metabolism and need to eat regularly.  Also, I need to make sure I hit all the must eat places.  God forbid I miss out on eating a signature dish!!

Nap time, crucial on any holiday!  Let’s make time for a good ol’ siesta!

The packing list:

Yes, I pack by picking out outfits for specific activities.  This ensures I have a pretty pre-picked outfit and minimises unnecessary items, thus maximising space for shopping.  A friend of mine once asked for a copy of my list to help her pack and I had actually specified how many briefs and g-strings I was taking!

The shopping map:
FAIL TO PLAN then PLAN TO FAIL!  When overseas you will be spoilt for shopping choice… if you shop in the right place.  Some holiday destinations I visit for the sole purpose of shopping.  If this is the case I pick my target shopping mall, have a look at their store directory, map out a plan of attack and BOOM, I walk away a winner 🙂

The shopping list:

I have particular stores that I must visit when overseas.  Some of my favourites include Zara (Australian store sucks), H&M, Niichi, Sephora…  I sometimes make a list of key pieces I am looking for to guide me on my way and ensure I don’t miss anything!

There you have it folks, you either think I am a travel genius or an absolute nut job (probably the latter).  Anyway, I hope it gave you some travel planning inspiration at the very least 🙂  

2 Replies to “Travel – Attention to detail!”

  1. OMG it makes me so happy there are other people like me in this world! I'm such a travel itinerary Nazi! I research restaurants I want to go to and decide which meal I'm having at which restaurant on which day and stick to a strict itinerary so I don't miss out on anything. Same with shopping too, I mark on Google maps where all the shops I want to go to are so I can take the most efficient route possible haha. You've now inspired me to make packing lists too! (I feel sorry for whoever I'm going on holidays next!)

    I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. Details are on my blog 🙂
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  2. Haha Rachi, I'm totally am motivated by food so also list restaurants and food areas! So glad to find someone I share the same affliction with, though I see it more as a Organisational Superpower! My holiday went so smoothly 🙂

    Thanks so much for the nomination! Now to think of 9 blogs to pass it onto… that will be tough! For a blogger I don't actually follow many blogs at all! Haha.

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