Stress aka Trip planning

Who plans the trips in your house? Uh huh. And who takes most of the photos? Right. And who packs the bags? That’s what I thought.

Here too. So guess who’s stressed out beyond belief about what needs to happen to take two adults and two children on a round the world blogging trip? This girl.

Ish: Great Dad. Bad trip planner.

Don’t get me wrong my husband is a great guy (you’ll eventually see that for yourself if you  follow this blog) but he’s also a “fly by the seat of your pants” kinda guy. He will be worried about our trip approximately 3 hours before we’re scheduled to leave and it is then that he’ll turn to me to ask where we’re going first.

Great Dad. Fantastic Husband. Bad planner.

I knew this when I married him. It’s my burden to bear.

In the meantime, I’m going to need help. So I’m turning to you.

Where should we go? What should we do?  If you were us what would be on your hit list?

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Nicole Osbourne James July 12, 2010, 2:39 PM

Heather, this site is awesome! Well, you know what WE know about trip planning — same for a certain GREAT Dad GREAT husband of my own who shall for now remain nameless. Getting ready for a trip for HIM means turning to me and saying “Did you pack this? Did you pack that? Did you remember where I left this? Hey, did you remember to bring the kids?” Yikes. If I were going on a year-long trip, it would be mostly THE CONTINENT. I would hit all the spots that my children were named for. Kenya. Guinea. Nigeria. Tanzania. Hello! First thing on MY list: Give HIM a list. And deadlines. Have fun, girl.


Heather July 12, 2010, 7:30 PM

Thanks Nicole. Africa is BIG on our list. And Tanzania and Kenya are musts. I’ll give some thought to Guinea and Nigeria…out of respect to your kids. :)
Good to know my hubby isn’t the only one getting away without planning.


Karolina aka Tiger :) July 13, 2010, 8:34 AM

Wow guys this is amazing. Love the website it’s awesome. All the best!!! 16 years ago I went to Sicily and I was just there last December-I love this “little” Italian island and visiting Etna volcano is a must.


Nancy Iannuzzi July 14, 2010, 12:47 PM

awesome awesome site! every article i felt like i was in
your shoes experiencing the same thing! including Ish’s lack of planning. Italy and parts of France close to Italy are my most favourite spots of all the places i have been too!
From Rome to Sicily, Tuscany to the Amalfi coast to Imperia to Nice to Menton to Monaco all are wonderful destinations to take your family. One of my
most treasured places is called Bussana Vecchia it is a
1000 year old village in Ligura a few kilometers from the Italian/French boarder built on a hill. In 1887 an earthquake hit killing many and sending others to built another Bussan Vecchia down below. In 1968 mostly hippie artists coming from all over Europe came to live in Bussana. (now you can understand why i loved it sooo much). There was no electricity, tap water or sanitation but the new community of inhabitants grew. Til today
the ruined churchs and buildings have been left untouched
and every door way and or corner is created with artists.
Such a beautiful peaceful place. Below is a link that you can see some of the pictures.
Good Luck to all of you and keep me posted.


Heather July 17, 2010, 8:42 AM

Thanks Nancy. That’s what I’m hoping for that it’ll feel like we’re all doing this together. Italy is a favourite stop for me so if we do do Europe it’ll be in for sure.


Andre July 14, 2010, 2:10 PM

Stress can be a great motivator and a great debilitator. I’m glad to see that between you and your husband stress levels are balanced. He can calm you down when you are crazily trying to plan the trip way too far in advance, and you can admonish him when he leaves things just a little too late.

Perfect balance.


Heather July 17, 2010, 8:41 AM

A different way of looking at it. LOL


Anonymous July 19, 2010, 8:47 PM

What about the poor grandparents who will be hopelessly waiting for the return of their favorite grandchildren.

Should be fun for you guys!!!


Heather July 20, 2010, 12:42 PM

Grandparents shouldn’t wait for the kids to return but head out and meet them on the road somewhere. The kids would love to have them pop in somewhere unexpected.


Jen Maier, urbanmoms January 7, 2011, 5:26 PM

If it were me, I would want to go to Australia and New Zealand. So very far away! Plus, NZ looks beautiful. I would also want to take my kids to some amazing historical spots – The Great Wall of China, The Roman Ruins, so many European castles. My sister traveled the world and said that the Namib Desert at sunrise was pretty much life changing.

Oh, and with poor planning husbands the secret is giving them specific tasks. You need to come up with the overall plan (sorry) but he can be the “doer”. Usually works for us.

Don’t stress. It will all come together and be fabulous!


Heather Greenwood Davis January 8, 2011, 12:40 AM

Thanks Jen.
Australia, New Zealand and The Great Wall are high on the list. I’ll have to see if we can include the desert. Appreciate the tip.
To his credit, the husband seems to be gaining interest. I’m guessing by July 1 he’ll be ready to start. :)


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