I'm taking off on a home exchange to Taiwan later this year. Having booked my flight, I'm now into the hard copy travel guides and internet travel sites. I'm also picking up a few polite phrases in Mandarin. To me, this is an exciting phase of the journey.
I have only been disappointed with a planned journey once, and that was when a stronger willed fellow traveller did not agree with my plans. Fortunately my husband lets me do the planning and goes along for the ride.
Where do you place travel planning in the scheme of things?
In my experience, planning is very essential because it equips you with the knowledge to make the most out of your travel experience. I would rate the planning part as essential, so right there with jonaj: 50-50.
I really enjoy planning for a trip and am always the one left to do this.
Recently I went on a day's outing with a friend and for about the first time ever, she did the arranging and I found I rather liked it -being told where we were going instead of having to decide on my own.
Travel as in a holiday however, I think i would prefer doing the arranging and no I do not enjoy that as much as the actual trip.
I agree that planning a trip is a lot of fun - these days you can learn heaps about the destination before you get there. Have a great time in Taiwan (looking forward to reading your articles) and good luck with the Mandarin. Yi lu ping an!
I've had a rellie of the friends we are travelling with to Africa do the planning, and as a South African resident, he will be most useful to have along on the trip. I hope the accent will be on fun. rather than excitement. It is my first journey to The Dark Continent, and I am a little apprehensive. In view of the latest news from Jo'berg, I will be keeping my windows well wound up.