When planning a holiday there are many people who like to plan almost every minute of the trip. They will devise a schedule and then much of their focus during the holiday will be managing this schedule. Each day will have a list of activities jammed in, and people can get very upset when the wheels come off their well made plans. In fact it is often the case that too much emphasis on schedule management can completely ruin a trip, and make holidays feel like something that needs to be endured.
When we visit a new area of the world it is natural to want to see as many things as possible. A city like Paris provides so many tourist attractions that it would be impossible to fit everything in even if you were to visit for a couple of months. Expecting to see everything in a few days just isn’t possible, but this does not stop people from attempting to accomplish this impossible feat by trying to cram everything into their schedule. These plans cannot possibly be achieved and tourists make themselves miserable by even attempting to do it.
One of the main reasons for going on holidays is that we want to relax. People work all year round and deserve a bit of time for rest and relaxation. If we make our holiday the subject of strict schedule management then it will likely take away a lot from the enjoyment of their trip. Planning a day out in our own local area can be difficult to manage so how much more difficult will it be to plan a trip in a foreign country. The most sensible approach would be to only create a very loose schedule that is not crowded with too many attractions. If you are only going to be visiting somewhere for a few days you will need to accept that you are not going to see everything. Pick out the places you really want to see and put them on the top of your list.
Some people find the idea of travelling to a foreign country without firm plans for how to spend their time a bit daunting. The reality is though that you just can’t plan everything on your trip and you could easily end up missing out on so much by being too rigid about the whole thing. It might not be easy, but just try and go with the flow and see where it takes you. You might be amazed to find that allowing things to just happen will make the whole thing far more enjoyable.
If you really can’t survive without schedule then at least allow for a day or two where you have nothing planned and see what happens. Spontaneity can become a habit and once you start to see how fun it can be you will be less concerned with schedule planning. On the other hand, going to the other extreme and never having any schedule might lead you into all sorts of trouble; still it would at least be exciting.