How about a pre-trip report? I’ve noticed many questions on the forum asking for itinerary advice or where to start, etc. So, here’s what I do. And yes, I am somewhat anal…but efficient.
I’ve been trying to think of vacations that I haven’t loved and what comes to mind are trips that we sit around and do nothing-like a beach vacation, or trips where we have been scattered and disorganized-usually extended family trips or with friends where compromise is required but other travel partners don’t want to plan because they just want to go with the flow. I recall one vacation where we rented a beach house with some very close friends who had kids the same age as ours. We learned a very important lesson that communication is key before committing to travelling with friends and family. They’re idea was to sit on the beach 10 hours/day drinking beer and baking in the sun. I got so bored I ended up logging into the office and working a couple of hours each day. I need to keep moving.
My wife and I are planners and for the past few years we’ve settled into a routine that every Sunday morning we have a date at the local Tim Horton’s (Canadian coffee and donut franchise) and we plan our next or future travel adventures. Next up is Scotland in June 2020. It will be our 5th European adventure in the past 6 years. We’ve cruised, we’ve done an RS tour and we’ve done it on our own. They all work for us. Scotland is my wife’s pick as she is a huge fan of the TV show Outlander and so her search for Jamie Fraser has begun. We are usually planning about a year in advance and that gives us time to be patient in looking for good prices on airfare and slowly build an itinerary and book hotels. We had 3 bucket list items we wanted to accomplish and so we started the plan by building around these;
Stay in a haunted castle
Visit Calgary on the Isle of Mull which is the place my hometown is named after.
Friends have also raved about Edinburgh and so we added that to our list as a hub to stay for the first week. How many days we’ll explore Edinburgh and how many will be day trips somewhere else, tbd.
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