Everyone travels in a different way, but I’m a planner.
I’m more relaxed once I get to a place – I love roaming and exploring – but before I travel, I like to know what flight I’m taking, how I’m getting there, where I’m staying, where the best places to eat are, what the important sights are, etc.
Where does this come from?
For me, this has a lot to do with budget. As wonderful and whimsical as it is to just show up somewhere without an agenda, it’s a lot cheaper to plan ahead. Transportation is always cheaper if it’s bought ahead of time, there’s more availability in accommodation, you’re less likely to have to crawl under the barriers in the Paris metro because you didn’t know when they close.
Similarly, because I have to eat gluten free I often worry about where I’ll find my meals, will people understand me, will I get sick, etc. That’s where the planning and research comes in.
There’s also FOMO – fear of missing out. I don’t want to spend all my money to go to, say, Egypt, and then find out when I get home that I didn’t go to the best Pyramid.
And finally, it’s just a personality trait! Planning my travels ahead of time reassures me.
SO WHY ON EARTH DID I JUST BUY A PLANE TICKET TO GO TO NORWAY ON TUESDAY?!?
Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world, and at the end of the semester and after a trip to Morocco and Spain, I am currently broke. It’s the middle of the term, I have essays to write and work to do, but I’M GOING TO NORWAY ON TUESDAY.
But it just felt right. I’ll be staying with some Norwegian friends who I met on placement, so I’ll get a more local experience. Also, flights to Norway cost only $12 from the UK! Throw in some overnight trains and lots of hiking, and I’ve got myself a week of Nordic adventure! I just thought…when else am I going to do this? My Masters course is 24 months with 7 weeks off…so I need to start taking advantage of my time in Europe before it’s too late. Because I’ll say, it is not $12 to get to Norway from the USA!
I’m so excited to be heading to the gorgeous land of fjords and mountains. Wish me luck! (And if you’ve ever been to Norway, throw some advice my way!).