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What's the Hardest Part of Planning Your Travel?

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The experience of travel is truly rewarding, which helps because sometimes travel planning can be a bit trying. Coordinating with a group? Deciding what to see? Even figuring out local transportation options can be enough to make a person want to curl up on the couch and escape into a good book instead. 

 

This month, we're polling our community members to find out which part of the travel planning experience do you struggle with. Don't see your pain point listed below? Share your thoughts in the comments. 


For a great community travel story about travel planning, check out "To Plan or Not to Plan" by Carterbs!

 

 

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Poll

What's the hardest part of travel planning?
21% (7 votes)
24% (8 votes)
9% (3 votes)
0% (0 votes)
6% (2 votes)
9% (3 votes)
21% (7 votes)
12% (4 votes)
18 Comments
Nationally Recognized
For me the thing that gives me the most trouble is weather. Unexpected storms at any time, but especially those that delay the trip or totally change your plans. In 2014 I had a road trip planned from Texas through Florida to Atlanlic Canada. I had everything mostly packed to drive to Florida to pick up familiy. I had readied the car with new tires, some interior comforts. Less than a week before I was to leave for Florida we had a severe hail storm hit. Totalled my car and the 3 other household cars, broke out 7 windows in the house, ripped off several pieces of siding, and put several holes in the roof including one about 3 feet wide that came all the way through the ceiling. Hailstones average grapefruit size.
Internationally Known
I enjoy planning trips wether it's a solo travel or with friends/family. I actually like the challenge of creating an itinerary that suits my interests along with my travel companions'. I would have to say that "Finding the time" (time off work to be specific, lol) would have to be the biggest challenge for me as a traveler.
County Wise
My daily outfits
City Slicker
I love planning trips! I have four in the works right now. The most difficult thing about the planning, for me, is buying airline tickets! I'm always hoping I have gotten the best deal because I hate wasting money!
City Slicker
The toughest part of traveling and deciding where to go! It's finding the balance between the pull of a big city, and the sense of discovery that comes with staying in small towns off the traditional tourist track. It's a good problem to have:)
City Slicker
I think the toughest part of traveling for me is deciding what to do with limited time. I'm pretty lucky in that I get a decent amount of vacation, but when I take a vacation I try and cram SO MANY activities into a small amount of time! Often ends up with me needing a vacation from my vacation!
City Slicker
It's really hard to coordinate airplane travel miles, hotel points, timeshare availability, etc. I'm a new user of BarclayCard points and hoping it will be much simpler. But in the past, the limited availability of airline seats and hotel rooms with points has been a real juggling act.
Stately Explorer
Deciding where to go! We really only can afford the time and money to do one really great week or longer trip a year, plus usually one shorter 4-5 day one. And there are so many places I want to visit!
Internationally Known
The hardest part for me is definitely figuring out where we want to go and committing to it. We are young (mid-20s) and know that we have our whole adult lives ahead of us, but we want to see and do so many things that we are always researching places to go. We have a list of so many places, but my job is not the greatest when it comes to the vacation benefit. Trying to do one major international trip a year is hard when you want to go EVERYWHERE!
City Slicker
I travel with about 3 other people, 2 of them live half way across the country. The hardest part for us is getting a time we call all talk about and plan all the details. We've been traveling together long enough that we delegate certain tasks and then get approval from the group. I'm usually responsible for figuring out where to stay, one person is responsible for flights, one is responsible for itinerary
County Wise
Money! Money is always an issue. Not so much beforehand, but paying the trip off afterwards. Gotta do what you gotta do. I would say that planning around a group is challenging too, but if you're traveling with more than 3 people you can always split up. This has generally worked well for me in the past :)
City Slicker
I would say creating an itinerary is the hardest part, especially if you're pressed for time. Perhaps money would be second at first while you're buying flights and lodging. However, considering the U.S. dollar is doing quite well, I don't feel that splurging on a trip in a foreign country is an issue. I'm all about the experience, which has no price tag!
City Slicker
Trying to choose where to go! My fiance and I are looking for honeymoon options and deciding between Europe and South America. So many places to choose from, but we are traveling in September so that may narrow it down.
County Wise
I agree - picking a destination. I always tell my husband "I want to go to everywhere." How do I choose which place to go next? And there are the "BIG" trips and the "little" trips. Obviously the big trips take lots of planning, but sometimes it's even harder to plan a "quick" weekend getaway. Should we choose a location based on where our favorite team is playing? Go visit a friend in another state? Go where we can see a concert or attend a festival? Decisions, decisions...
Stately Explorer
Any chance that's Ollantaytambo in the background? Looks just like it!
City Slicker
Finding a place to stay
County Wise
I always struggle with settling on just one destination, because I tend to get stuck on the "well, while I'm in the area..." mindset. While this has led to seeing a lot of different things (a day trip to Tijuana, a train ride to Dover, UK, an afternoon at Deception Pass State Park in Washington), it also means our vacations are jam-packed from start to finish. I've learned to compensate by taking the day after we return off from work to give myself some time to unpack and re-adjust to being home.

Another challenge is my husband's schedule, which really only provides us with a three-week window during the summer when we can do longer trips. Unfortunately, since this is peak season in many places, we're always competing to get the best possible deals. I've found planning well in advance makes a difference in being able save a few dollars here and there while traveling during peak season.
City Slicker
Finding people to travel with who understand the concept of "merge and diverge."
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