Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fire Up

I get so fired up when I'm planning a big trip.  Really, that's why my husband encouraged me to start a blog, because all the planning and research energizes me and I guess he likes to see that side of me more than my usual low-energy self.  (Have I ever mentioned how much I like to sleep?  At least 9 - 10 hours a night.  And a nap during the day.  But when I'm working on travel I'll stay up until the wee hours.)  Many people don't like to plan, but I am meticulous.  The more information I have, the less can go wrong.  (Right?)  I am detail-oriented and do not cope well with chaos and confusion.

Chaos and confusion are exactly what I want to avoid when I'm traveling overseas with 8 teenage girls this December, so thoughts race through my head all day long faster than I can even write them down:

• Should we stay one night or two in Zurich?
• Remind the girls to bring their own electrical adapters (so they don't share mine).
• Find out if our hostels have free wifi.
• Will we have to rent sheets and towels at our hostels?
• Tell the girls they must have a VisaBuxx or other prepaid credit card for emergencies.
• Should we get the Flexi or the SaverFlexi rail passes?
• How am I going to fit all those heavy winter clothes into one suitcase?

I have so much work to do!


  1. I know the feeling about staying up into the late hours of the night. In fact I have been blogging myself and it currently 2:00 am here :-)

    Anyways I love planning for trips. It almost is a way to escape reality and dream about destinations that I hope to visit one day.

    I have found that if I done a lot of research on a destination the more prepared I really am. I don't necessarly plan each days activities but I do research exactly what I want to try and accomplish while I travel.

  2. I hear you! I'm definitely the planner around here! Why not bring pack towels? (They sell them for camping - they're the chamois material). They're super compact, very light weight and quick drying. No need to rent and no need to wonder if it's clean... No need for heavy winter clothes, either. Long johns (thermals) under light pants works great and they're fast drying for easy washing. Fleece sweaters are light weight and dry quickly too - layer and you're done! Good luck!

  3. Awesome tips from Ian and Wendy!

  4. Thanks for stopping by. I'm following you now too. I've never been to Europe or anywhere out of the US for that matter. Would love to get some tips so I'll be checking out your site. If you have a section for newbies please direct me to it. I wouldn't even know where to start.

  5. Thanks for stopping by Pot of Gold Giveaways! I'm following back on GFC and twitter.


  6. 8 teenage girls?! That's going to be a wonderful experience. Can't wait to hear about it.

  7. Okay, my first thought when I saw 8 teenage girls was "Is she completely nuts????" But then I realized, if anyone can do this - you can!

    And here, here for all the uber-planners out there - if it wasn't for us there would be complete chaos!

  8. It's going to be a great trip! And the planning just adds to excitement!


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