Now that we've travelled a couple of times together, Mark and I have figure out what the roles are in the Grand Planning Experience for our trip. Basically, I plan like an OCD maniac, and he sits back and laughs at me, occassionally going out to pick up books or maps, and otherwise stays out of my way.
I was reading through the travelogue for our first trip, to Scotalnd, and realized that my planning strategy hasn't changed a bit:
Sure, sounds easy enough, right?
Unfortunately, I'm a planner. I can certainly be spontaneous, but I can only do it when I have the comforting solidity of a plan behind me. Mark is perfectly willing to just get off the plane and get in the rental car, ending up wherever we might end up. I have a nagging fear that we'll miss something if I don't know where things are, what I want to see, and which map sheet to unpack.
Really, I'm not an uptight traveler. I don't wander around with my head buried in a guidebook and never look out the window. I do all of that long before we ever get where we're going -- or at least that's what I'm trying to convince Mark of!
I don't think he really understands, but that's OK. He laughs at me when I buy maps and a half dozen (or is it a dozen?) guidebooks and travelogues and make lists and write notes. He actually shrieked with laughter when he realized that I was highlighting the B&B Guide I had just bought. He thinks I'm nuts.
The way I look at it, I can't plan the perfect vacation, but I up my chances of having a great time and seeing cool stuff if I know about the places we're going to to. I can be very well prepared.
We've agreed ona rule that says I can bring maps and one book. This doesn't actually work for me, since the books i have cover a variety of things -- a guidebook, yes. A book on castles, required. The books from the tourist office with B&Bs listed, well, I coudl buy one there, but I already have one. I figure if I have to carry them or pack them, I'm bringing as many as I need! Hah!
And boy, do I buy guidbookes.
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lost in ireland 2005 travelogue and photos © rfingerson