Let me clarify. First, I'm not your backpack-it type of vacationer, but I do like investing extra time into packing--striking the balance between thorough and light. Secondly, preparing travel food and securing overnight housing seems vital to a comfortable trip. Some planning makes vacations more relaxing. Over-planning takes organizational preparations to the extreme. Perhaps it would be better defined as plotting.
|Not getting lost in Cardiff, Wales a few years back.|
Since our recent mini-vacation took place in an familiar location, I'm more of a "seasonal" than a "tourist." Without thinking, I know where to go and what to do, come sunshine or storm. (In case of hurricane: go home.) I navigate the town without a map. I even know the areas I don't know.
And this is where exploring begins. Besides leaving ample time to relax, vacations ideally flaunt a touch of adventure. Like randomly choosing a restaurant, perhaps ordering an unusual menu offering. Or, wandering down a quiet side street only to be amazed at the vibrant, fully-restored Victorian Era houses. Or, eating lunch on a boardwalk bench so you can watch tourists parade by in garish--in stunning--beach attire while catching hints of accents.
|A random street.|
Do plot your vacations? Or, do you explore--ready or not?