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planning or winging, which do you do?

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1. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Hey!

Just pondering over a random little thing..

how many people plan, plan, plan for a trip - specifically, something like "2 days here, 3 days there, 5 days elsewhere, etc." (how many days where, kind of thing), and how many just "wing it" and hop back and forth as is?

i always planned things, but that was because i had weird schedules. still. who does what? i'm really curious...

thanks,

kat

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

I'm a half and halfer...love to wing it but sometimes like to check out what there is to see so I dont miss anything amazing! Think Im going to try and plan my next adventure a bit more cos I feel like I missed out on seeing some stuff on my last trip :( but you cannot beat that feeling of "where next? wherever!"

:)

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Depends on how long you have...days, week, a year....
But in general I just have a specific time and route and I will see how many days I will spend somewhere.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Latarina:)

I usually make a loose plan. Then I adjust it, if something interesting comes up.

Mel

5. Posted by mikeandave (Full Member 84 posts) 9y

I think i just read about the places were going and look at pics. Don't have time scales or routes planned. Gonna wing that. It's our first travel experience. maybe i should plan properly! ha

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I either wing it completely, or sometimes travel to a (very) loose plan for which i can stray far away from and change completely [i'm not constricted by things like flights home as most people].

Having said that, i tend to know enough about options at least that i don't get caught out, so there is a bit of planning. Knowing, for example, where i'm likely to have visa problems (or have to wait 2weeks whilst a visa is processed), closed borders etc as opposed to just thinking, "i know, i'll go to Russia tomorrow" which obviously isn't as straight forward as all that.

But finances, timeframe and other requirments/neccessities can also play a role

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 27, 2007, at 9:07 AM by Gelli ]

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Im anally regimented in my planning - l have an itinerary usually and stick to it about 90% - some personality disorder of having to be in control - l get quite panicky if lm not in control or dont have a plan! I wonder if there is a cure for it?

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

Im anally regimented in my planning - l have an itinerary usually and stick to it about 90% - some personality disorder of having to be in control - l get quite panicky if lm not in control or dont have a plan! I wonder if there is a cure for it?

Yes, it is called alcohol

9. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

wow, haha...i heard a lot of talk about both, i was wondering which people leaned towards more...but it seems it's more or less evened out! interesting.

thanks :)

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

- l get quite panicky if lm not in control or dont have a plan! I wonder if there is a cure for it?

Yes, it is called alcohol

Normally I would agree with you, but in Purdy's case, that's a bad combination (believe me)

but it seems it's more or less evened out! interesting.

Basically, yes. Some plan in scary amounts of detail, and literally know where they will be to the minute, others have absolutely no idea whatsoever. I'd say somewhere between the two is probably best and most practical. A rough itinerary and plan is probably best [you've done some research, have certain places you want to see/things to do etc], but one that you are willing to amend depending on what happens.

As a complete non planner (and one who doesn't carry a guide book), especially in my younger days, I kind of regret not doing any planning in some cases, as i've occassionally suddenly found out about amazing sounding things just after i'd left somewhere, or when it's too late to do anything about it. Now, even if i don't have any fixed plan, i try and at least have an idea about where i could end up, and a basic list of places/things to look out for/do/go to if i happen to end up in that area, just so i don't miss out on really major things.