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On a whim or planned?
userOAL Moderator
Posted: 20 February 2009 11:11 AM
Subject: On a whim or planned?

Only Human

Location: Bourne, Lincolnshire

Do you tend to plan your holidays and trips away in advance or go off on a whim?
Posted: 20 February 2009 11:54 AM
Subject: RE: On a whim or planned?

Pillar of the forums

Posts: 679
Location: Planet Sparkle

I like to make the most of exploring each area as we see it - so will research thru the Rough Guide and also websites like this one and Virtual Tourist for ideas of places to go and see, not necessarily the touristy ones, but the ones not to be missed.

I've also been known to look at photos on Flickr website site as well, to see if a place is worth stopping at.
This works for us, some trips we just take off and go relatively local, but certainly the longer ones i like to adopt this routine so we don't find we've missed something worth visiting.
Posted: 20 February 2009 12:40 PM
Subject: RE: On a whim or planned?

Legendary contributor

Posts: 8671
Location: Bedfordshire, Globecar 636SB

We usualy have just a general outline of where we are going although gf has encylopedic memory of gardens that we will visit.
Posted: 20 February 2009 2:19 PM
Subject: RE: On a whim or planned?
Epic contributor

Posts: 1237
Location: Surrey. Knaus/Renault

Very thorough research to minimise risk of a duff trip or bad experience. Use internet extensively including Google Earth, tourism websites and city/town/village/commune/sites of interest pages. Also do key word searches on this forum and generally to identify feedback on camp sites, aires etc. For each night halt there is a "Plan B" alternate should the first turn out to be a bad choice. For each geographic area walks are identified and planned and maps, tourism guides etc purchased in advance.

userKeith T
Posted: 5 March 2009 5:43 PM
Subject: RE: On a whim or planned?
Epic contributor

Posts: 1380
Location: Autotrail 610SE Dawlish, Devon

FOr our 'major trip of about 8wks each yr to france,we wouldplan only the ferries. No sites are evr booked ahead. No ned, and generallyyou pay when you leave!
In Uk, we mya have a rough idea of where we wish to go,but otehr than weekends, out of season CC sites are generally available. If we want to go to sities, especially during the winter season, then we would tend to book in advance on the internet,although this may be a very much last minute decision.
userBrian Kirby
Posted: 11 March 2009 6:22 PM
Subject: RE: On a whim or planned?

Location: East Sussex. Motorhome: Knaus Boxstar 600 Street

We plan.  First we agree the broad destination.  Then we identify the interest.  Then I set about identifying stopping places near the interest so, by the time we leave, we know where we're headed, what we want to see, where we may stay, and why we're going.

We take guide books and maps, and detail is added as we go along, varying our rough itinerary because of weather, or in response to bits of information picked up from others we meet, or from pamphlets we pick up, as we travel.

Somehow, not having a plan of any kind seems too much like wandering around in a fog.  You know what you've bumped into, but not necessarily where it is, and you've no idea what you've missed.  You'll never see it all, but some research, and a plan, don't half help!

Posted: 16 March 2009 6:10 PM
Subject: RE: On a whim or planned?
A posting machine

Posts: 309
Location: Glasgow Bonnie Scotland Pilote Galaxy50

When travelling in France we tend to have a rough plan ie know the general direction in which we're headed. We never book ahead, and tend to travel out of season so have never experienced any difficulty in finding somewhre to stay whether it be an aire or campsite. We are always prepared to change direction eg depending on weather. That's the beauty of a MH. In the UK we only ever have short breaks so would almost always have a destination in mind before we set out.


userOAL Moderator
Posted: 20 March 2009 10:10 AM
Subject: RE: On a whim or planned?

Only Human

Location: Bourne, Lincolnshire

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