I think travel planning is an acquired taste… one that is usually acquired after lots of practice. I used to feel totally overwhelmed when planning trips, but these days, it's one of my favourite forms of stress-relief. Still, there's so much to think about… where to go, when, what to do, and not least of all, how to get there. Over the years I’ve realized that there is an art to travel planning; especially if you, like I often do, want to visit multiple destinations on a single journey.
I’m currently planning a trip to the Nordic countries for summer 2018, so I thought I’d use it as an example as I talk (type?) you through my step-by-step process for planning a multi-country extravaganza. First things first: organization is absolutely necessary when compiling the info you need to make a smart travel plan. I like to keep it old school with paper and pens so I can jot down notes without needing to switch between even more web browser windows than I usually have when planning a trip. So, grab a notebook, and let's get started.
When it comes to staying healthy while traveling, I’ve definitely taken things to the extreme… in both directions. I’ve gone on trips where I abandon any sort of fitness regime, fully committing to the “f&$k it I’m on vacation” mentality… and then returning home feeling sluggish, uncomfortable in my body, and unhappy as a result. I’ve also been so dogmatic in my quest for fitness that I miss out making the most of my trip because I’m spending all my time working out, and skipping delicious local foods (case in point: the first time I went to Paris I did not eat a single dessert… more on this sad story later).
Fortunately, I’ve now come to a place where I’ve found a balance between maintaining healthy habits while on the road, and giving myself the freedom to enjoy myself. Here are some of my top tips:
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