I have a pretty intense itinerary for my trip. I always create an itinerary in order to make sure that I do everything I need to do. I am a list maker at heart. My day isn’t finished until I have marked everything off of my list.Here is my itinerary: Monday:
- Arrive and check into hotel
- Ferry ride to Watson’s bay – Lunch fish and chips
- Dinner – Lord Dudley’s Pub
- Breakfast at Pancakes on the Rocks (This place looks so good.)
- Lunch and Golf at The Australian
- Dinner w/Friends
- Breakfast and Golf At St. Michaels
- Golf At Camden Lakes
- Dinner at Sydney Cafe
- All day tour of Hunter Valley Vineyards
- Shopping & Spa
- Leave for home
See, not to packed, right? All reservation have been made and all tickets have been purchased.
But, what if I just threw the itinerary out the window? What would happen if I went with no plan and no arrangements made? Well, I have an idea what would happen.
Last October, with my family in town, we went to Beijing for a couple of days and once there, everyone suggested that we have to go to Xian to see the Terra Cotta soldiers. So, I am thinking, great, absolutely. Just catch the train and spend the day in Xian and come right back to Beijing that night. Right? Wrong.
It was a holiday in China that weekend and if I wanted to purchase a train ticket, I would have had to purchase it about 2 months prior. Or, wait in this line for 4 days. So, instead of spending the day in Xian, we spend the day in a our hotel in Beijing. That is what happens when you fail to plan.
Creating an itinerary and following it makes for a exciting, laid back, and relaxing vacation to me.
What about you? Do you plan your vacations or just go and see what happens?