To say I’m obsessed with my planner would probably be an understatement. I have used an Erin Condren for the past two years and I absolutely LOVE it! I juggle a lot of different things at once, like: travel, school, family/friends/boyfriend, work, plus any social activities I’ve got going on. It gets very complicated at times but ya know, just color code it! Currently I am taking a few online classes but the main thing I am doing is traveling, so I thought I would take this time to show you how I use my planner for travel so I make sure to get in everything I want to!
To Start Off
I start out with a pretty dang near blank weekly view and just put my flight information in, seeing as I need that immediately (before I lose the email)!
From here I usually make a list of all the things I want to make sure not to miss! So, for this trip I am going to London for a week, with two days in Brighton. So I got all of my guide books and things I’ve pinned on Pinterest and compiled a list for both cities.
Then I add in all of my hotel information making sure to include the name and address of the place I’m staying, as well as the check-in and check-out times.
Then the fun part starts! I take out all of my stickers and decide which ones I want to put on this weeks spread. I had a London specific sheet so I made sure to decorate with that one! The stickers I used were from the following Easy shops: SticknPlanshop, ScribblePrintsCo, StickelCo, TheGlamPlanner, PinkPaperplaneShop, VintageGypsyRoad, TwoLilBeesCo, SweetKawaiiDesign.
Once I have placed stickers (and headers) where I see fit, it is time to start actually planning the specifics of the trip. So, to do this I pull out that list of things I want to do and also pull up a map of London (or wherever you’re going). I know that our flight lands early evening so we won’t be able to do much the first day so I look for things close to our hotel to do the first day. For the second day I picked a central location and simply locate everything from my list that is in that area (Buckingham Palace etc). Then for the third day I decided on central London and do everything there (London Eye etc).
For Friday I know we are leaving for Brighton and we cannot check-in until 2 pm so I plan on dropping our bags off at the hotel in Brighton and then doing at least one thing on my Brighton list before we actually check-in. Luckily, our hotel is situated right on the beach in the middle of Brighton so I decided on close activities for the rest of the day (Brighton Pier). For our full day in Brighton it is unfortunately supposed to rain so I planned on activities that can be mainly inside (Update: It didn’t rain!).
Then, to finish the week off I make a “To Do/Get:” list on the left column and include any big items I still need to get, such as train tickets that we will likely not buy until we’re in the train station. All in all, it will take you the better part of two hours to do all of this, but I cannot stress how much time and missed opportunities this will save you on your trip!
I still think it’s very important to have flexibility and spontaneity in every trip you take. So plan out your trip to the extent that you make sure to see everything you want to see, but don’t over crowd your days so much that you couldn’t make time for something you didn’t even know you wanted to see/do until you were there! It’s always the hidden gems or the dinners/drinks with strangers you meet that end up being the most memorable, so make time for those too!