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Old 12-28-2014, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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Or maybe it's just me. Now don't get me wrong, I usually love my vacations but I seem to get a bit more excited exploring and planning the different hotel options, airlines, car rentals, and places to eat and explore prior to backing out of my driveway. Once on vacation, I guess the "caught in the moment" feel takes over and things seem a bit less exciting. I'm curious to know if others feel the same way or not?!
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Old 12-28-2014, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Yeah...I get a real "high" from the booking process. I, too, enjoy my actual vacation, but sometimes, the "anticipation" is just as much fun!!!
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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Agreed. I make sure to enjoy myself once I'm at my destination, but I am much more excited about the research and booking process. I feel like Sherlock Holmes browsing various forums and websites for travel advice, including information on finding the best fares and hotel bargains. For my trip next month to London via Oslo, I especially enjoyed learning more about budget European airlines (specifically, Norwegian) and about booking for Priceline for the first time for a hotel (there are some risks using Priceline for a bid or through their Express Deals program as you don't know where you're staying until the end of the process, but I was very lucky this time around). Next, I'm going to look into finding things to do and places to eat while in London/Oslo. I'm so excited!
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Old 12-28-2014, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I am with everyone else. Wouldn't say MORE fun, but I sure do have lots of fun with the planning.
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Old 12-28-2014, 09:05 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Researching travel destinations is a hobby of mine. Rarely am I actually planning a trip, though. All my vacations are spontaneous, never book flights more than a few days in advance, and for hotels usually same day bookings. So whenever I actually arrive in a place, I have a general idea of what I want to do, but I never actually plan for more than a day or two in advance. Hotels in particular hate me because I never know if I am going to extend until late check out time lol
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:37 PM
 
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Or maybe it's just me. Now don't get me wrong, I usually love my vacations but I seem to get a bit more excited exploring and planning the different hotel options, airlines, car rentals, and places to eat and explore prior to backing out of my driveway. Once on vacation, I guess the "caught in the moment" feel takes over and things seem a bit less exciting. I'm curious to know if others feel the same way or not?!
No, I still enjoy the actual vacation, but I do LOVE the planning. I say that knowing people who hate the planning part. To me, the planning is just as exciting as the trip.
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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I generally enjoy the planning, but definitely prefer the vacation.
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:54 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Or maybe it's just me. Now don't get me wrong, I usually love my vacations but I seem to get a bit more excited exploring and planning the different hotel options, airlines, car rentals, and places to eat and explore prior to backing out of my driveway. Once on vacation, I guess the "caught in the moment" feel takes over and things seem a bit less exciting. I'm curious to know if others feel the same way or not?!
Do you get this because you built a vacation up to be more than it turned out to be? I get excited for vacations but try not to do this, if that makes sense.
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, California
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I really enjoy the planning and work really hard at getting the best deal possible on every aspect of the trip. I am normally joined by 1 to 10 of my friends and they are alway thanking me for doing the planning. Truth is they would have to wrestle the fun of planning from me. We planners are not the norm, absolutely none of my friends want to have any input into the trip, they want it served to them like a restaurant meal, more fun for me!
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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My wife sure does! She loves planning trips and finding things to do. She even puts together color-coded itineraries to plan out every day of the trip for the entire family: what we will do, where we will stay, where we will eat, etc.

It used to drive the family crazy until we reached an agreement with her. She is free to plan every detail of the trip and produce every planning chart she wishes, and during the trip we are free to ignore the plans.
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