Preparing for Travel

This week, we head out on our deferred honeymoon–yay!  I can’t wait.

When I first started planning this trip, I asked Carl where he wanted to go.  My ideas had all been tropical and exotic: Thailand, Bali, New Zealand? I wanted to go all out for this trip, and had been looking into touristy all inclusive resorts.

I had totally forgotten that they guy I married is pretty simple: he chose Japan.  As in, the country that we live in, and can tour on any weekend.  He vetoed my destinations, and our vacation became an all-out Japan tour, the combination of our ideas.  Soon I realized that the days I had requested from work coincided with Sapporo’s Snow Festival, and I couldn’t believe our luck.  The rest of the trip seemed to plan itself.

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My method for traveling is tried and true.

Step One: Obsessively plan every minute of the trip.

For this vacation, I have researched the history of every castle that we will stop at.  I’ve calculated prices; I’ve found the best restaurants for fugu and ramen.  I’ve told every person that will listen how amazing this is going to be, and each person tolerated me politely.  I do this for every trip, even if it means poring over the guidebook last-minute on the plane.  It’s all part of my plan.

Not only do I feel totally prepared, but I am so excited now.  It comes naturally, but this phase of the trip is very deliberate.  I think of it as squeezing the last drops out of the vacation, because time off is precious, and time together is even more so.

Step Two: Go on the trip!

Because of the excessive planning, this part is easy.  Generally, when I travel, I jam-pack events into a short time.  On this trip, some days will be like this, but others are purely for relaxing.  Here, the purpose of the trip is important to remember.

Are you in a new country for the first time? What do you enjoy?

We love history, nature, and good food: this trip will be full of all of these things.

Step Three: Return home, remember the trip.

I love pictures for this very reason: when I look through my photos, I get to relive that moment all over again.  Returning home is an amazing feeling: you can rest sore legs, snuggle a purring cat.  You head back to work, hopefully feeling refreshed.  I try to remember to be thankful for all of the blessings that allowed me to see new places.  And, inevitably, traveling makes me crave more travel.  The cycle begins again.

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What are some of your travel routines?

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One thought on “Preparing for Travel

  1. I too do Step 1 (Obsessively Plan Every Minute) but I wish I didn’t. I sometimes think I might enjoy just going with the flow a little more. It would probably drive me crazy though to NOT have every second allotted.

    Enjoy your trip!

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