Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Holiday Antici....pation!


I have something of an obsessive streak, and when it comes to making plans or writing lists I am the Queen! I am currently getting very excited about my September/October travelling plans, as I am planning to spend a month travelling around Italy. I know, I know, I just got back from a holiday in Devon (where it rained nonstop for the entire week) but I'm making the most of my unemployed status right now, and doing all the things I won't have time to do when I start work!

For me the planning stage can be almost as fun as the going away bit. Here are my tips for making the most of your travels before you go, and enjoying your holiday anticipation!

.Search Flickr for beautiful photos of your destination, and either make an inspiration folder or turn them into a desktop wallpaper so you can look at them all the time.

.Check out The Glamourous Grad Student's City Chic series and see if your destination is featured!

.Look for streetstyle websites from the country/place you're going to and start planning your perfect mix-and-match suitcase and decide what (if anything) you need to buy). Facehunter allows you to filter the blog by country and also has links to streetstyle websites by city.

.Check the long range weather forecasts (or the street style archives for the month you're going!) and re plan your holiday wardrobe...

.Get a nice big blank notebook to take with you and fill with thoughts, sketches and ticket stubs.

.Learn a few useful phrases in the local language (If it isn't your own) and write them in the front of your book.

.Go to the library and get out books on your destination. Guidebooks are good, yes, but look for books set in the place to really soak up the atmosphere. Stanford's Map Shop sorts their literature by the country of origin so it's a great resource.

What are your tips for making the most out of your holiday?


Anonymous said...

I completely understand--I'm the exact same way!! I'm OBSESSED with making lists making and inspiration boards/folders. Great tips for trip planning :-)

Leia said...

I thought I was the queen of making lists until I read yours! Fantastic list, must save it for when I'm next traveling! :)

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