Travel Talk

Travel Personality – Play it Cool or Plan it to Death?

July 4, 2015

When it comes to travel planning, we are definitely in the ‘play it cool’ category. There are pats on the back all round if we’ve booked flights a month before we leave, got accommodation lined up a few weeks before arriving and put together a general plan to get from the airport to the hotel. Obviously we pack our bags on the morning of departure, why bother doing it any earlier?

At the airport we are those cool kids who board the plane last, at the other end we are always swift to alight with only our small backpacks in hand. Once at our destination we are armed with little more than a map and a vague idea of the main attractions. We alternate between days of pounding the pavements until our feet ache, taking in whatever sights we happen upon, or casually whittling away the hours simply soaking in the atmosphere. Often these hours will be spent baking on the beach or people watching in the town square with a glass of wine in hand; basically living the life!

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But all this sunbathing and random street strolling doesn’t always end well. There have been times when I wish we were less laissez faire and more travel militant. Some of our friends have their whole year’s travel booked in January which usually means they get some fantastic bargains. Some of them read guidebooks cover to cover before setting off, so not only do they know where the main attractions are but they could probably score quite a few points if the subject ever came up in a pub quiz. So yes, there are those times when I feel we miss out a little by not doing more research, but evidently not enough to make us change our ways. 

Now before you type A, crazy planning types despair, there is one thing we do take some time to research… yep, I’m sure you can figure it out… We spend more time looking up the local delicacies and hunting for the best restaurants than we do anything else. Whether it’s that stand at the end of the road (though it did take me some time to convince a certain someone to eat off the street) or more high end dining, I want to try it all. Although I love to marvel at the history and architecture, the cuisine of a country engages me a lot more than buildings or museums, and will often tell me more about the culture of the people.

Besides, a girl gets hungry after all that walking… and on other days? I’m just a greedy. So actually, now that I think of it, my real travel personality is neither play it cool nor plan it to death, it’s probably more accurately described as ‘gluttonous traveller’! 

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  • LondonKiwiEmma

    Ha! Gluttonous travel is such a good way to do it though 🙂 ((and such a good name!!))

    • Thank you! I wear the badge with pride… and besides, I think it’s already obvious that I’m ridiculously greedy so no point trying to hide it!

  • I agree, gluttonous travel is a delicious way to go! 🙂

    • I did suspect there would be a few other gluttonous travellers out there!

  • Travel is mostly about how much food you can possibly consume lol, totally agree 🙂

    • It is isn’t it!? I mean, all that architecture and stuff is just there to give you a reason to wander around and walk off those calories!

  • I never plan food. Never. It would just give me massive FOMO I think. Although, I’ve realised by reading all these blogs that planning the to and from airport journey is hideously important to me. I consider it an extension of the plane fare, and hate when it’s a massive rip off!

    • Oh the to and from is totally important- we learnt that lesson on our first trip away from London- stupidly took the stupidly pricey Gatwick express from Victoria which is stupidly no faster than the normal train!

      • Yes. Screw the Gatwick Express. Also, the stupid airport is one station further than the Oyster card will take you. WTF is that about?!

  • Finding the best restaurants are always of prime importance to me too 😉
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    • Hmm I never would have guessed that about you!

  • You’re certainly striking happy medium! I like it – finding the best local places to eat is an important task.

    • We’re definitely more relaxed than most… and it means that sometimes we miss things but we never really feel like we’ve missed out, if that makes sense!
      Ps- Sarah thanks for stopping by… nice to see a fellow Marsden Old Girl blogging about their adventures!

  • andreaspassions5

    Hahaha absolutely loved this! ‘Gluttonous traveler’ – I’m sure more than a handful of us could relate to this one. Love that you’re chilled though, good for you! 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • I have a sneaky feeling you’re a bit of a gluttonous traveller too! We just like to take things easy and see the sights as they come!

  • Gluttony is good! Nice that you relax on holiday and really make the most of it

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • I figure we need the sustenance after all that wandering! We love to see the sights but ultimately a holiday is about escaping the hustle of normal life!

  • Hahaha okay okay I am a planner so I would have everything booked and planned way longer than a month in advance but I totally agree with you when it comes to the food side of things! Where and what to eat are one of the first things I research whenever I’m planning a trip. The food is SUCH an important part of a culture so of course we need to try it all. Or maybe I’m just greedy too 😉

    • Part of me really wishes I was a planner, especially reading all about how meticulous most of the other travellinkup-ers are, but I don’t think we’re changing anytime soon!
      And I’m pretty sure we’ve already established that we’re both very greedy!

  • Great personality to assume Connie! We are always the last to board the plane to and we intentionally wait till literally everyone else is on, it juts means more sitting time, thereby conserving energy? Efficient no?! I rarely suffer FOMO with regards to big restaurants, as I always feel like London has more than enough of those. but I REALLY hate missing out on those magic street food finds, hidden away basement places, delicious puddings you have to research to find etc, especially as they’re often such an authentic part of travelling!

    • Totally efficient! I like to do research on both… local foods and good restaurants which are sometimes those awesome hole in the wall places! Like you, I’ll be dragging us down various alleys to find this place I heard is a hit with the locals lol sometimes it doesn’t end well but often it’s a great move!

  • I think the best way is somewhere in the middle of over-planning and laissez faire approach 🙂 But it really depends on one’s personality and wishes!

    • I think somewhere in the middle is best too… but try as we might, we’re just not that organised!

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