We just got back from our last planned vacation for the year but as this travel addict goes, I’m already researching ideas for next year’s travel. I goofed up pretty bad this year with my husband’s vacation time (you can read about it here but know that he has forgiven me!) so I figured I better get a head start. This got me thinking about my friends, family and readers plans and so I’m wondering, how far in advance do you plan your travel?
Now that my daughter is in preschool I am feeling the pressure to vacation during “normal” breaks. I mean, it’s only preschool for heaven’s sake but it is still school. Last week while we were in Texas her class learned the letter F – what will I do if she never learns the letter F??? So I’m in that internal debate and looking at Spring Break in March and right when school ends for vacation possibilities. I have come up with several options. Of course I am only at the beginning stages of getting suggestions (travel with kids to me is easy if you go somewhere someone has already recommended!) so I still have a lot to do and may give in to missing school versus learning another letter.
I think money also comes into play here too. If we travel at the same time as everyone else, prices will be much more expensive. Did I mention I hate crowds? Also, if I book anything now for March, I imagine I will have to put a deposit down or pay for plane tickets, etc. In all honesty, the travel money we have left for the year I’m saving for those “extras” that will come up… you didn’t think I actually would have my last trip for the year be in September?
I recently attended a twitter party with Traveling Moms and it was about spontaneous travel. I struggled with answering a lot of questions like “what’s the best thing about spontaneous travel?” I’m such a Type A person that I plan EVERYTHING. I even plan our down time! How would I know what is so great about being spontaneous… or so I thought. I realized this week that I don’t actually plan everything in advance.
Throughout every year we always have trips that “come up.” My husband sometimes travels for work and I want to tag along. For example, next month he has to go to Massachusetts and I’m thinking Jolie and I will go see our old friends (friends, donations welcome!;). My parents also fly standby and so they never make their holiday plans until later than most normal parents. So we have no idea what we are doing for Thanksgiving or Christmakuh. I also have a 91-year-old grandmother in Connecticut that I adore more than anyone (shhh, don’t tell my husband or my mother!) and I’d like to see her for whatever holiday I don’t see my parents for.
Either way, I guess I do “plan” for the unplanned. Sometimes it’s a good thing to be such a planner as we were able to go to Maryland unexpectedly earlier this year for a death in the family (read about our day in Baltimore here /not about funerals, no worries). In the end I guess I wish I was more spontaneous but I am glad that even if my plan goes awry, which it always does with us, we always have a back-up plan… yes, I plan for that too.
So I’m curious, how far in advance do you plan your travel? Is it 3 weeks, 3 months, 6 months or more? Please share in the comments and thanks for stopping by!
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