To Plan or Not to Plan

When going on vacation, there are a lot of things to consider. How much money will you be spending while vacationing, where you will be sleeping, and how you will get to your destination. What it comes down to, should vacationers be planning their whole vacation? Simply, it is important to look at the pros and cons of planning out your entire vacation.

One advantage to planning the whole vacation would know what to pack and tailoring it to the activities you have planned. For example, if you are planning to go out to fancy dinners, you’ll know to pack fancy outfits, rather than guessing and taking up space in your suitcase. Leaving things up in the air can lead you to over or under pack and buying things you had at home because you didn’t pack it.

Another advantage is knowing where you need to be a when, and for people with certain personalities, this works well for them. However, you will have little room for error to be on time for everything that is planned. The possibility of error can cause a significant amount of stress and make a vacation less fun.

Planning a vacation also takes away the chance to be spur the moment. You will not have the option to be able to do something you see unless you have budgeted in free time and have enough time to complete the activity.

Another thing to keep in mind when planning a vacation is keeping track of tickets, confirmations, addresses, and itineraries. For some, this can be a major hassle and is easier to see it and buy tickets or whatever may be purchased on site.

I’m not saying to not brose online and have it be a total surprise of what you’ll be doing on your vacation. Look online and see what you can do in the location you’re traveling to. However, know that there maybe other things to do that are not advertised online that you may truly enjoy.

Personally, I am not the type of person to plan out my vacations, only the basics. I like to leave time to do things in the moment. For myself, leaving things up in the air makes the vacation memorable. Not planning out my vacations has led my to have interesting local foods, zip lining over the cloud forest, and seeing the most beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. That is only the beginning.

A sunset on a spur the moment boat ride on the Pacific Ocean.

Planning or leaving a vacation to chance is up to the vacationers. It all depends on personal preference. Either way, you’re traveling, and at the core, it’s the most important part.


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