Have you ever experienced that moment when you head out on your dream trip, get caught up in the moment, get back home and then… crap! You forgot about this thing you really wanted to do! How did you not think about it in the moment? It can happen to anyone. While definitely fun and sometimes relaxing, our trips are filled with new stimuli that can leave us dumbstruck or overwhelmed, which, in turn, allows us to miss out on the best endeavors. So, how do you plan your trip to have all the experiences you wanted? You’re in luck! I happen to be a pro at this. And we’re going to discuss it today.

Plan! Plan! Plan!

I had a teacher that used to say, “Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance.” Well, that’s true here, too. Proper planning means you get to have the best experiences on your trip. So, check out my planning article HERE. In a nutshell, you want to make sure you have your whole trip loosely mapped out. Make at least a list of all the places you want to see on your trip and a projected schedule of which days you’d like to do each. Be sure to include all the places you’d like to eat, all the activities you’d like to do, all the locations you want to see, and anything else you want to be sure to remember on your trip. Basically, if you will kick yourself for missing out on the experience, no matter what it is, write it down now! I tend to get excessive and make driving or walking maps to places, but something like that really isn’t necessary.

Now, this doesn’t mean that new things can’t come up. But, this way, when something new and exciting comes up that you want to experience, you can look at your schedule and see what you want to knock out of it. You can choose the best option for yourself in the moment. I’ve done this many times, and it’s never gone wrong. Knowing exactly what you want to do when you go into the trip will make sure you get to experience everything you want and then some!

Be Open to Your Environment

Aside from being prepared, be sure that you are open to changing your schedule! The best things happen on the fly. You can meet up with a local who recommends the best spot that no one knows about. Of course you should check this out! So being open to all the new, exciting things is the big tip here. As you walk through your new environment, keep your eyes open for cool things in the area. Being open to embracing new things on your schedule is so important. When faced with new things, look at what you had planned and weight in on which would be the most fun experience for you. I recommend leaving at least a day completely open, too, as you never know what will come up.

All in all, planning is key, but don’t hold too tightly onto your plans. A nice ebb and flow will surely give you an ideal trip with the best experiences.

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