Traveling’s Little Details

When it comes to traveling, I’m a little bit on the “anal retentive” side of things. Why? I just want everything to be perfect. Or at the very least, as perfect as it can be.

I fully realize that things will happen beyond my control. I also fully realize that not everything that I plan will turn out exactly as anticipated.

A couple of years ago, I did research before going on a cruise with Sunshine. In addition to planning the where, when, and how I was going to propose to her, I also did research on what to do in each port that we were going to visit. I used a great tool like TripAdvisor.com to see if Cave-Tubing.com in Belize was really all it was cracked up to be (it was!!) or if Victor Bodden Tours in Honduras were really worth my money (they were!!).

There are plans afoot to take a large family trip to a south-of-here location (but that’s a blog post for another day). I’m already planning the little details like a crazy person…even though this trip probably won’t take place until November (yes…NOVEMBER). Still, I find the need to ensure that details are taken care of so that we don’t have to worry about things once we are there.

For example, I want to make sure that wherever we stay is respectable and reputable. I plan on using whatever tools I can to find a great spot for a decent price. I haven’t really found that spot yet (nor the online tools necessary to really go over reviews), but the search is ongoing (suggestions for great review sites are definitely welcomed!).

I’m also going to need to rent a vehicle for a week. I mean, there are going to be six of us…we can’t all fit into a Kia Forte. So that means I need to check out a site that has new car reviews so I can see if a particular minivan or SUV is recommended or will be better on mileage or even be more dependable than others. This is the type of resource that I’m looking at months in advance of a trip…even before I know what’s available! I guess I’m simply trying to make sure that if I’m at the car rental desk and they ask me about choosing Model 1 or Model 2, I want to already have an informed decision in place.

Heck…I want to find out where we should go to eat BEFORE we even buy the plane tickets! I mean, I want something that’s economical but yet isn’t completely fast-food. Because we won’t be in a familiar area, I want to know what’s available so we’re not making poor choices once we’re there.

What about you? Do you pre-plan all of the tiniest details of your vacations or business trips? Or do you simply plan the basics and let the chips fall where they may?

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5 thoughts on “Traveling’s Little Details

  1. I’m the same way. I plan everything way in advance too! I don’t always follow it all exactly, but I have a plan with options. For examples, places to eat: I’ll research by location and reviews using sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google, UrbanSpoon, etc. I’ll have 2 or 3 places picked as options for each meal. I’ll also usually already know what meal I’m going to order.

    I can still go with the flow, but having planning and research makes me feel more comfortable. Plus I have a lot of fun doing the research and it builds on the excitement of trip for me!

  2. Buddy, I researched our Disney trip for months leading up to it,,partially out of excitement and partially out of neurosis. In fact, it’s kind of become my “thing” in hindsight, as I’ve do the same with a few other trips like my honeymoon and trip to wrestlemania. I feel like when you have an “event” or two in mind and the trip is rare and special. I owe it to itself and others to plan the best way possible. Makes me feel better and more prepared. I won’t lie, I kind of relish the opportunity.

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