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Old 12-02-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Plan or no plan when you travel?

When you travel, do you have a plan?

Some folks require it. I do not.
Work life was structured enough. When it came time to head out for vacations, we checked the weather channel, set the compass, and set out until we found something interesting. It alway paid off!
Now that we are full time, it still applies. Hey, as long as we are trying to figure out where we are NOT going to hurry to next, as long as the weather is good, so are we.

That is what we druther do.
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This spring (2103) will be the first time that we will NOT have a schedule. The DW and I are now both retired, so we can take things a little more relaxed. In the past we were always on a time line schedule, and did not have the time to 'stop and smell the rose' so to say.
It will be a new ball game and something that I am not sure about. We will see what happens.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:35 PM   #3
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I am the same way as you, having worked as a Maintenance Planner/Scheduler and having owned businesses, just wanted to do things spontaneously when on the road. That has it pluses, but have to admit I am in process of rethinking this.
We went on a trip from Minnesota to the FMCA Indianapolis Convention with my cousin and her husband Tom. Tom is a planner and we had the best trip ever. We went to Elkhart Hall of Fame, a restaurant featured on TV, dinner on a covered bridge, visited Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg Museum, WWII victory Museum, Sechler's Pickle Factory tour, another car museum, an Amish farm, Turkey Run State Park hiking, Indianapolis 500 track and museum, etc. We found wonderful places to eat, great campgrounds.....definitely more fun things to do than when we try to be spontaneous.
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We are not retired yet, so we require lots of planning and scheduling.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:27 PM   #5
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We usely like to have some idea as to what direction we are heading and how long will we be gone.
There was a time we did that, we were gone for 6 months.
It was a nice trip but I would not want to be gone that long again .
It was a little to long.
We belong to at least 3 other R.V. groups so we do go on short trips every other month or so for 3 or 4 days about 100 miles +or -.
Just a thought.
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When you travel, do you have a plan?
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I was a pilot before I retired. That was all about planning.

Now, the plan is "THERE IS NO PLAN".

I took me a couple of yrs to convince DW of that though.
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I plan the destination, loosely plan the route, never plan the stops, and take any side road that looks interesting.
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I Plan then I change the plan then I plan some more. If all goes according to plan I'm happy otherwise I adjust to whatever changes come along!
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I plan the destination, loosely plan the route, never plan the stops, and take any side road that looks interesting.
Just about the same here.

And believe me the most interesting side road we took was to Salt Lick, Kentucky off of I64 and spent a night at a campground there.
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I am the same way as you, having worked as a Maintenance Planner/Scheduler and having owned businesses, just wanted to do things spontaneously when on the road. That has it pluses, but have to admit I am in process of rethinking this.
We went on a trip from Minnesota to the FMCA Indianapolis Convention with my cousin and her husband Tom. Tom is a planner and we had the best trip ever. We went to Elkhart Hall of Fame, a restaurant featured on TV, dinner on a covered bridge, visited Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg Museum, WWII victory Museum, Sechler's Pickle Factory tour, another car museum, an Amish farm, Turkey Run State Park hiking, Indianapolis 500 track and museum, etc. We found wonderful places to eat, great campgrounds.....definitely more fun things to do than when we try to be spontaneous.
Well, I have had some planned trips. They were fine. But Sometimes when you are scheduled for a specific site or event, the weather and your mood can effect the level of enjoyment. And sometimes you find neat things that you must pass up.

We do "plan", sort of. We take off. We find a nice place to stop. Then I search the web and talk to our new neighbors for things to see and do within 100 miles, and start each day by choosing a target. When the possibilities are exhausted, we move and start this random process all over again.

I think we see more stuff by not being constricted by a schedule. Our "No Plan" plan simply allows more freedom.

Just sayin....
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:39 AM   #11
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We plan ours way ahead of time only due to the fact that some of the CGs we stay in are booked solid. This means plan ahead or we aren't going. We booked the CG we are in right now last January to be able to get 2 weeks on a waterfront site.

If you are going to a popular location in season or especially during a holiday you need to get reservations early.
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Yes, we plan but try to stay flexible. Not planning at all is not a good thing for us. We have been in some situations in the past, from lack of planning, that we don't choose to repeat. Have to have a little structure in life.
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I plan the destination, loosely plan the route, never plan the stops, and take any side road that looks interesting.
That's great!
We often set the GPS for no freeways.
Ya cant see nuthin if ya dont go lookin.
Our toad is a Wrangler. Nice to see wildlife and scenery that most do not
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We too are in the "no plan" camp.

We usually have a major event or something we want to do someplace at a particular time and the trip will take that into account but it's not really a plan. For example, when we sold our California stick house in September of 2009, we hit the road to work our war across the south in order to be at Cape Kennedy for an April 5th Space Shuttle launch. "Schedules" like that have a lot of flexibility in them.

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