What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?
My travel style is very typical of a type A personalty. I love making lists and agendas. I would feel physically uncomfortable to not have a plan of some sort. Even being spontaneous involves some planing for me. I would have to make a date to be spontaneous and have at least an outline of what I want to do and a time frame. When I go on vacation I have a list of all the places and things I want to do. So in order to not miss anything and stay within a time frame and budget, I plan.
My younger brother and I went to Disneyland with my parents when I was about 23, and since are personalities are similar, we were on our A game. Thankfully we were in the information age and could do some research on the parks before hand. We visited four parks that week and were on the go from 8 AM until about 10 PM. Everyday we had a souvenir and meal budget that we did not deviate from. Every morning when we arrived at the park, we would pick a map and circle all of the places we wanted to visit. There were places that were a must and others we would if time allowed. We would find the most effective route through he park so we wouldn’t have to do much back tracking. We looked up menus to find where our next meal would be and where to meet our parents for dinner.
I still follow this pattern today whenever I travel. It isn’t as effective when travelling with my best friend. He is not a planner at all and is more of a let’s wait until the last minute and then see. This drives me crazy. Luckily he doesn’t seem to mind very much when I take control of the planning as long as her gets to go along for the ride. He does appreciate that part of my personality…mostly.
My brother and I however have grown to dislike traveling with each other. Our trip through New England the summer before his senior year of high school brought things to a head. After spending ten days together in tight quarters we discovered every annoying habit the other had. No amount of planning could get us to travel together after that.