Notes from the Road!
I thought it would be fun to share some travel planning thoughts . . . while traveling!
First: Planner Matchmaking Request!
The request from Vickie: ” . . . I need a relatively portable/lighter (ideally smaller than 5x8in), hardbound (no spiral!) planner, w monthly and week on 2 page spreads, gel pen friendly paper, not too much extra crap and none of that achieve goals inspiration vibes.”
Full disclosure Vickie is an IRL very close friend of mine and honestly one of my original planning inspirations!
Ideas I had for her included:
- Aura Estelle B6
- Haroo (sold out, but for future)
- Hemlock & Oak A5 minimalist – but slightly too big (also sold out!)
Please send any ideas my way!
Next: Travel Thoughts from the Episode
- Think about how you want to feel at the end of the vacation as you are planning. Rested? Inspired? Pampered and cared for? Energized? This may influence your itinerary!
- Sometimes keeping things more minimal can be more relaxing AND fun. The day of the recording, we hit the Smithsonian museums. SO MANY of them sounded awesome but we only made it to 2. It was plenty (and we will have to come back). Sometimes going deep is better than wide!
- Appreciate the moments on vacation when you’re just doing regular things, but in a more relaxed way because there is no rush to school or work! Examples: a less hurried workout; hours spent watching the kids explore a new playground or make friends on the DC Mall while you lie down in the grass. (Can highly recommend both of those things!)
- Don’t forget that transition time while traveling can be fun/interesting too! Subway rides, walks from one place to another, or even waiting in line (as long as it’s not hideously uncomfortable or something) is just all . . part of it. PLAN for transition time but also treat it as part of your experience!
- You (and/or your travel partners) get to decide what you pack into a day, and you are allowed to choose more ‘chill’ plans some days. You are allowed to ignore the packed itineraries you come across (YouTube, social media, travel websites) if you want to. You probably can’t see EVERYTHING an area has to offer AND relax AND have lots of relaxed family time. You get to pick and there’s no ‘right’ way to do a family vacation!
- Packing cubes. Okay, we don’t have many yet, but I am convinced.
- If you have a larger group of people, it’s probably best to make most plans (for the main event of each day, anyway) and reservations in advance. The analysis paralysis that can ensue when no one can agree on a restaurant or activity can REALLY drain the fun. Also, more and more things require tickets ahead of time these days! The choices don’t have to meet some perfect standard. ALSO: if with multiple people, you could divide up the planning by day.
- Go in with an attitude of gratitude and humor. Everything is not going to be social-media-perfect. Some places are understaffed. If people are trying and being kind that’s really what is important. Sometimes the things that go terribly wrong make the best memories.