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!!
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 🙂