“Looking back I can see that there have been no breaks from one departure to the next; I start planning again before we’ve even arrived back home.” ~ Barbara Hodgson
I’m definitely a travel planner! I can easily spend several months researching, planning and fine-tuning a trip – everything from reading up on a place’s history and culture; to crafting the perfect itinerary; to shortlisting, choosing and booking our accommodation; to finding out about local attractions and activities and writing up notes from which we can quickly make plans depending on our mood on a given day… I’ll sometimes book a specialist cookery class, excursion or activity in advance too. Sometimes we’ll book a rental car to self-drive, and in some places we use trains, buses and even short internal flights to hop around. The planning and anticipation are as much a part of a trip for me as the trip itself.
Of course, I also appreciate the pleasure of sharing photographs and travel writing once I get back… but it’s rarely very long at all before I’m thinking ahead to the next trip. I always like to have a trip to look forward to, if I possibly can!
But I have friends who are just the opposite – impulse bookings with minimal planning give them far more of a thrill, perhaps more adventure about the unknown, the appeal of fresh discovery?
Which kind of traveller are you? Planner, impulse booker or a mix of the two?
Ahead of our stay in Ottawa’s Byward Market Neighbourhood, we received quite a bit of negative feedback, mostly from Canadians we met ahead of our arrival in the capital city, telling us not to bother and that there was little to see. In fact, we loved Ottawa and would happily go back to see more of it, not least the booming craft beer scene and great food. Of course, there’s a lot of history to Ottawa and for me, learning about it in advance made our visit a lot more enjoyable, being able to put what we saw into historical and cultural context.
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