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Fail to Plan…Plan to Fail?

August 20, 2013

One thing to know about me right off the bat is I’m a planner. Some people can jump in the car or go to the airport with no destination and no plan and have the time of their lives. I am not one of those people. Half the fun of a trip for me is the planning…researching hotels and restaurants, checking TripAdvisor and Yelp and emailing friends for recommendations. I LOVE IT.  On Friday I leave with my partner for our long awaited East Coast road trip. Six months ago I had our hotel rooms booked. Four months ago our campsites. A week ago I started checking the 14 day trend on the Weather Network in order to plan clothing options which I started packing yesterday.  Today I printed off all the reservation confirmations and bought road trip snacks for the car.  Ian is shaking his a head a little bit but he also understands that basically I’m already on vacation and have been since I started looking up hotels.  Come Friday at noon all we’ll need to do is hop in the car (packed Thursday night of course) and be on our way knowing everything is completely taken care of.    

Now all this advance planning may sound neurotic (and maybe it is) but it really comes in handy with workouts and nutrition.  I’m the type who plans out meals a week in advance and has a training schedule a couple weeks out. One thing I’m very aware of on vacation is my tendency to say “what the hell…I’m on vacation” a few too many times. I’m a unashamed health nut who knows what my body likes and will tolerate and greasy on-the-road food is not part of the deal.  I bought a bunch of stuff at the grocery store so the temptation to grab junk food should be kept to a minimum.  The arsenal includes:

  • Snack cans of tuna
  • Almonds and pistachios
  • Dried fruit
  • Single servings of cheese
  • Simply brand of protein bars

We’re planning on hitting up grocery stores during our travels each day to take advantage of the salad bars and of course we’ll be eating a lot of fresh seafood as well.  I’ve also managed to include some workouts during the week like running on the Cabot Trail (scratch one of the Bucket List!) and taking advantage of some of the hotel gyms.  Between that and all the walking around/exploring once we’ve actually arrived in Nova Scotia, I don’t think we’ll have any trouble staying on track.

I’m so excited for this trip I can barely stand it. I’ll be taking a lot of photos and blogging as we go. But in the mean time, what do you think? Have I missed anything?

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