Do you ever get overwhelmed when planning a vacation or even just dreaming about upcoming trips? I certainly love having lots of options but narrowing it all down while the trip approaches is so important for me to focus my excitement and decide what is actually reasonable to fit in.
Summer is coming, fast, which means you may have started thinking about summer vacation. It’s important to take advantage of paid days (if you have a job that provides them) because rest, or at least a change of scenery, is hugely important to beat the office blues. America in particular has a huge problem with workers who don’t take advantage of leave. I find vacation days, or even staycation days, motivating. Chasing that PTO every normal humdrum day at work, if you want to think about it that way. Each day I show up and do my best, I’m that much closer to my next vacation.
Here, you’ll find three downloadable sheets you can use to help you plan your next vacation! Please use them and let me know how they streamlined your trip planning process.
The first of my Downloadable Trip Planning Sheets is a budgeting worksheet.
One of my biggest life hacks, when it comes to booking trips, is to make my initial projection high, and then come in under budget. That way if I’m only $5 under budget, then everything turned out according to plan. If I scored an incredible last-minute deal and came in $300 under budget? That is money I can put towards other stuff (like saving for the next trip)!
I made a lot of lines here. If you plan on camping in the wilderness two nights and then staying in a hotel two nights, there is room for that. If you plan on flying to Berlin and then taking the train to Prague, there is room for that. Lots of workspace!
The second of my Downloadable Trip Planning Sheets is an itinerary planner.
The itinerary planner is for a 5-day vacation, which I think is a good length. For a three day getaway, this level of planning might be overkill (or not—you know, download, print, and plan away, you’ll be surprised how much you can fit in). Think of each square as about 4 hours. That leaves 8 hours per day to wind down, sleep, get up and get the cobwebs out, then start the next day!
If you want a longer trip itinerary sheet, reach out to me and I’ll see what I can do. I’m currently sketching up different day lengths.
You can use pencil and erase as you move daily goals around, or do what Doug and I did last year when we went to Europe—use mini sticky notes to rearrange things from day to day, until landing on a schedule you like, then copy it down in pen.
The third of my Downloadable Trip Planning Sheets is a bucket list!
Because who wouldn’t want to write their bucket list down and then post it by their mirror? Don’t they say that visualizing your goals helps you achieve them? I’ve got a column for the goal, then one for whether it’s short term or a long term one, and lastly one for you to write the date you’ve completed the item! Organize it how you choose: make it messy with doodles, or pretty with gel pens and stickers.
I would love to make more stuff like this available. Do you have any comments or special requests for batch number two?
Don’t know where to begin? How about my “First Time Visiting” series: Guanajuato, London, Mexico City, Paris, San Diego