Remember when I traveled all over Europe this past summer? I never thought my blog would have a “Travel” tab up on the top bar, but here I am. If you enjoyed reading about my Europe adventures, get ready for more! Long story short, I’ll be interning this summer with a company that warrants a lot of travel in the U.S. I can’t even explain how excited I am to be interning with this company because I’ll be conducting internal audits and learning about how the company operates. It’ll be really different being able to apply what I learn in the classroom to real, hands-on work.
Even though summer is still half a year away, I’m already planning (Type A problems). Cue up the Pinterest boards and Google Sheets, because that’s how I planned for Europe too: months in advance. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my destinations that are on the top of my list and how I plan.
First thing’s first: jot down the places I’m dying to go to. I love Excel sheets, so even that initial list is its own sheet. Everything’s pretty tentative at the moment, but on the most basic level, I have the week number (I told you I’d be traveling a lot!), the dates of travel, my ideal locations, and the purpose (people I know that I want to visit).
Next up? Research research research. I’ll mostly be browsing on Pinterest for my eat/drink/sleep/activities. Sometimes I’ll go on Youtube too for those “travel diary” videos that I love watching to get ideas. Since I have a few connections in some cities, I can skip the lodging part for a few cities, but I definitely start planning my must-see sights and activities. Each city will get their own Pinterest board and Google Sheet.
As you can see, I’ve organized the columns into neighborhood, the place I want to visit, the category, and any notes that are associated with the activity. I think for the purpose of trying to be more spontaneous, I won’t be making an hour-by-hour detailed itinerary until I talk with whoever I’m traveling with and then schedule everything onto my Google Calendar a month before I decide to go.
Once I have a pretty solid list of the sights I want to see and things I want to do, I look at the area with the most activities and then if needed, find lodging in that area via Airbnb. As of right now, I’m not sure what my budget will be yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
That’s essentially all the planning I do! I like the system I have, but research takes up a huge bulk of time. Plus, planning early is such a fun way to procrastinate (when I do, that is).
Do you guys have any suggestions on places to visit within those cities (or any city!!). Conducting this initial research always gets me so excited.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of the week!