I love to travel and even though I really haven’t done much, it has always been a big dream of mine. Over the last five years I have been in a position where travel was more feasible and so travel planning I have undergone.
Places like San Francisco, Ruidoso, Los Angeles, Turner Falls and Estes Park to name a few, are places I’ve planned trips to. Nothing extensive or exotic so far, but still a bit of intense planning was necessary. Maybe only necessary because I wanted to be cost efficient and time considerate, which I would think 85% of travelers have to be. So it makes me wonder how those 85% handle the insane amount of time it takes to do all the research and the brain melt it creates to constantly be second guessing pricing, locations, schedules etc. Or maybe I’m just OCD and the insanity only happens to me.
Here is how I see it, you have four main categories to wrestle with: flights, hotel/lodging, car rental/transportation and sight seeing/activities. And within each category you have questions to be answered but, as you will see below, most of the questions can’t be answered until you answer other questions, which can’t be answered until you answer other questions. Half of the time it is a big cluster fuck.
Those are just three questions that I quickly came up with, and that is assuming I already know where we are going, when we are traveling and for how long. Imagine the above loop times ten, and then picture my brain leaking out of my ears. I know, first world problems, and I agree.
Lately I have been working on our vacation for July and trying to ease up on the OCD strings a bit with this trip. Just committing to one solution for one of the category gets me closer to breaking the insanity circuit, but sometimes that isn’t easy for this list making, itinerary planning, type A person, but i’m going to figure it out. I’m no longer willing to put aside my dreams because they are too far fetched or going to take too much sacrifice and effort. My future and dreams are worth the work.
Side note: The graphic at the top of this post was made with the Canva application on my phone. Super easy and fun! The second graphic I made in my notes application, then screenshot, cropped, marked-up and saved as a picture all on my iPad Pro. Love, love loving my new toys!
Yay for ME!