I happen to believe it's true, which is why my lovely hubby and I took a trip to Amsterdam last week. After a stressful six months, it was good to get away for a few days and an ideal way to unwind. Not because the weather was any different (it was snowy the first day and then warmed up) or we had to go too far (the flight was 40 mins!), but because it was away from home. Different. Yet, because we've been there so many times, comfortably familiar. What better way to relax than to potter through the streets of the old town, alongside the canals? We visited many places we'd been to before, but also managed to find some new ones too. We had coffee, lunch and dinner in both old favourites and new discoveries.
On Valentine's Day, we had dinner booked at a romantic restaurant. It was one of those skyscraper, rotating restaurants, with a fabulous view of the famous harbour, as well as the rest of the city. Finding our way there meant we had to take the free ferry across the harbour. A new experience. And the view gave us a whole new perspective on the city. So much so that we did the trip again the following day, during daylight hours. Why had we never done this before? [and yes, that is a swing on top of that building!]
Unfortunately, we weren't able to make our planned day trip to The Hague - we'll have to do that another time. It didn't matter too much in the end, because we were able to do other things.
All of which got me thinking about the perfect travel strategy. Some people, like some writers (called plotters), love to have every last detail and minute planned before they travel. They like to see and do everything they possibly can, so no time is wasted. Others, again like some writers (called pantsers, because they fly by the seat of their pants), like to just turn up and play it by ear.
We are somewhere in the middle - which, coincidentally, is kind of like the way I write. We like to do plenty of research about the place we're visiting and a rough idea of the things we'd like to do. Where tickets or reservations are necessary, and if it's something we're very keen about, we'll make the booking. Otherwise, we like to keep things open. There will be a broad structure to what we would like to do, but also enough flexibility that we can take advantage of surprises and detours.
So what is your travel strategy? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or like me, an in-betweener? Leave me a comment to be in with a chance to win a signed, limited edition, print copy of my Valentine's short story, A Perfect Bouquet.
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