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View Poll Results: Do you Plan your Vacation, or "Wing it?"
Plan 35 34.31%
Wing it 10 9.80%
A little of both 46 45.10%
Depends on the destination 11 10.78%
Voters: 102. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-11-2016, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Ft Myers, FL
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I'm a planner. I want an itinerary. I want to know when and where we're supposed to be at all times.

My wife wants to "wing it." She wants to "wait till we get there and see what they've got."

I already know what they've "got." The Internet is loaded with what they've "got." To know in advance when and where everything is and how much it costs seems much more effective than to grab a handful of brochures in the hotel lobby and throw darts at them.

Who's with me?
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Old 09-11-2016, 07:27 PM
 
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I'm somewhere in between.

Must do's are mapped out more precisely. Things that might be difficult to schedule at the last minute with a big(ger) group are mapped out more.

But, I like to be open to finding out about other things once we get there. Sometimes the locals have advice/info, or the hotel/etc. knows things that we don't. Sometimes we might drive by something that looks interesting and is worth a stop.

Flexibility within reason.
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:55 PM
 
Location: PNW
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I'm a planner, although I don't pin particular things to certain days or hours like I used to (unless it's something that is set on a schedule, like a show). I found that I/we couldn't stick strictly to itineraries, because it's too difficult (even weather can change a day's plan). But I still like to have all the planned information on me.


Perhaps a chunk of the reason for this, is that I save up for our vacations before we do it, so until then I do the research on all to see and do it. Most trips have involved some surprises, which is cool.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:01 AM
 
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I mostly plan it out. Not only does the vacation go smoother but I have found some incredible deals by planning ahead. For example, we saved over $1,000 on our last cruise because of the time we booked it. The reason I say mostly is because when I get to the destination I may see certain things I want to do that I did not plan on. I will do those on the fly. Otherwise, I like to plan out everything down to the activities I will partake in at certain locations.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:34 AM
 
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Going on our honeymoon this weekend, planned some things out but overall our vacations are always a combo of winging it and planning ahead.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Ft Myers, FL
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Going on our honeymoon this weekend, planned some things out but overall our vacations are always a combo of winging it and planning ahead.
Congratz! Where'ya going?
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:02 AM
 
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Congratz! Where'ya going?
Lisbon for a couple of days, then Florence for 3 days, spending a night in Venice, then 3 nights in Santorini followed by 2 nights in Athens. The only thing we haven't looked into is Santorini, not sure if we're gonna rent an ATV or do sailing.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I research the big things I want to do and try to loosely plan my days, allowing leeway to switch things around for weather, etc. For food I get a list of cool restaurants that have good reviews and then just pick which one "on a whim".

I really try not to overbook - one big activity a day (like a morning or an afternoon) and the rest of time is "free" for the pool or the beach or something otherwise relaxing and easy to do close to wherever I'm staying.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:41 AM
 
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Plan if its a foreign country...want to make sure I have all the protocols in order!

Local and states wise...I wing it

I live for spontaneity....so once I get to a place....I tend to ask the locals and go for it! From hiking...to off the beaten path events......I stumbled upon a log hauling event once that made the day fun! You wouldn't have known about it as its a not a "profit" event that lures in money. What it did lure in was a group of folks that had the best attitude for how to enjoy a day out! The locals had cook outs and graciously shared....That kind of hospitality was hard to plan for!

I do plan though when telling my friends and family my itinerary...so in case something happens.....
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I will research an area and have a list of things I want to see but it's at our whim when we get there. John got really sick on our Scotland trip last year which totally changed most of our plans for a about half of the trip. Sometimes you just have to wing it.
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