Getting in Shape / Trip Analogy
Texas Travel Blog› entry 34 of 167 › view all entries
Moving In May (yes, from Flylady) has begun!
The plan: 1 mile per day for each week of the month (max 3 miles), in our hiking boots.
Why: So we'll be ready for the hiking and biking
How're we doing? (embarrassment motivates!):
Week 1: 1 Mile- Final Score:
I don't remember (ahem!): I think we all did about 2x. I'm sure the kids will correct me if they did more. :)
Week 2: 2 miles - Final Score:
- 7x: Jazy (wow!)
- 6x: Charles
- 3x: Lia
- 2x: Tessa
- 1x: Ned
Week 3: 3 miles - Final Score:
- 6x: Jazy (Tie)
- 6x: Charles (Tie)
- 4x: Tessa
- 3x: Lia
- 1x: Ned
Week 4: 3 miles (in progress):
As of Thurday (1 chance this week):
- ?x: Jazy
- ?x: Charles
- 1x: Tessa
- ?x: Lia
- ?x: Ned
The big motivator is that you can only watch TV while you're doing the treadmill *IF* you did the treadmill the previous day. You lose a TV time for each day you miss. This is the kids' only chance to watch TV on a school night. Haha!
Exercise is also good for:
- brain chemicals / attitude / (important for teenagers!)
- feeling good about yourself
Planning a trip is like building a house:
You can throw the basics together and then wing it:
- House: Just give me 2000 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
- Travel: I'll just go to these 5 places
OR: you can plan it down to the details: (and get a better product):
**For a house: tailored with planned storage for your favorite things
**For travel, a carefully crafted approach includes:
- researching activities available at each location
- planning an itinerary so you get a sense of your travel - will you get to see what you want to see in the timeframe and travel style that you've plotted?
- following others' blogs to gain from their experience
- reading travel novels from those who have gone
- studying travel guide book info and applying it to your itinerary (tours, restaurants, cultural aspects, places to stay, fun)
- researching resources of an area's tourism focus and uniqueness
- getting "friends of friends" contacts to enjoy their company when you get there
- preparing your communication systems in advance
- packing prep- having exactly what you think you'll need - and knowing where and how you'll carry it
- transportation- is it in exceptional shape and road service (or reseraching inter-country travel options before leaving)
- important documents- copies of everything that could possibly be needed, emergency numbers (family, consulates)
- kid travel- researching others' good ideas, insuring they have school and reading material and are involved in the planning
- organizing- can you find all the stuff and info quickly while on the road?
- gifts- taking easy-to-pack gifts for your new friends (seed packets, polaroid pics, deflated soccer balls, TX postcards, etc)
So it's not like we won't be *ready* to go, we just could use more time to prepare our *exceptional* travel. Of course, one's "feeling of competence" before they start is another's "overkill."
When does one feel "ready to go"? There is always more that can be done. But when we waited 3 months for Lia's Travel Approval to China, I was definitely ready to go. Maps were memorized!
Now, we've done far more planning than we were able to before last summer's trip -I anticipate a better trip too (although we had a blast).
Regardless, even in the "dream about a trip" stage you can begin accomplishing many of these steps.
And I highly recommend it - start today by reading some good books!