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Winging it vs. planning out your vacations

Winging it vs. planning out your vacations

When it comes to traveling, there’s a variety of ways to vacation. At the extremes, you can visit an all-inclusive resort like Sandals or you can rough it in the wilderness with just a backpack, both require different amounts of planning. There’s also a variety of ways to plan these vacations. As you’ve probably guessed, there’s an entire spectrum of planners. But I like to break it down into three groups. 

Find out what type of planner you are below! 

Type A Planners 

Type A planners are very organized. They have their flights booked well in advanced and have an extensive itinerary stating what exactly they might do. It might not be down to the minute — like my sister’s itineraries (read more about that on my Disney post) — but they know about 90% of their vacation details before they board the plane.

Type B Planners 

There’s also the Type B planners who are completely spontaneous on their vacations. Sometimes they show up at the airport without their ticket purchased. They love to see where fate and their luck takes them. Once they get to their destination, their motto is “It’ll all work out.”


What about me? Well, I’ve always been one for planning, but I like to have flexibility in what I’m doing. In short, I’m a hybrid of both of these planners. I like to call this the ABstract planner (Do you see what I did there?)

ABstract Planners 

An ABstract planner is a combination of both these planners. As an ABstract planner, I book my flights well in advance, as well as figure out transportation. I create a wish list of things I’d like to see. Though, I don’t schedule tours or buy attraction tickets ahead of time. When I arrive, I let my whims be my compass. What I’m going to do that day is decided either the night before or in the moment.

Read more about how I create my traveling wish list here

For me, I love the freedom of being able to sleep in and not miss an essential part of a jam-packed day. Some days I love to get up early, watch the sunrise and start my day right away. Other times, I love to sleep in and enjoy the nightlife.

I also hated the feeling of exhaustion on vacation. I book a getaway to do precisely that — get away. Worrying about chasing attraction after attraction and not truly enjoying the country I’m in makes me sad. There are always tourist spots that I’ve missed because you can never really explore a country 100%, but I’d rather be able to enjoy my surroundings. Gaze at the clouds slipping by as I lay out on the beach. Be able to enjoy a cup of coffee on the porch in the morning overlooking the rainforest. (Read about all the details of my vacations in the journal entries portion of my blog.)


There are pros and cons to all these types of planning, but ultimately it’s choosing whatever will work for you. Some trips you might seem like a Type A planner, but maybe you resort to being an ABstract planner on others? There’s no shame in being one type over another.

Comment below what kind of planner you are. Better yet, tell me about a trip planning experiencing and how you regretted/were grateful for being a Type A, Type B or ABstract planner!



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