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Planning for the Big Apple April 9, 2013

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 11:40 pm
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My sister and I are planning a last minute trip to NYC.  It’s been almost exactly 14 years since we were last there.  We have been furiously planning this past week because the trip is a bit last minute.  While it can be a bit nerve-wracking, I actually love last minute trips because you don’t have to wait so long.  You plan and then get to experience it all right away!

We are somewhat methodical when planning a trip {this is a huge understatement}.  First thing we do is start a Google spreadsheet in Drive and share it with each other.  Then we get to work on creating different tabs: Dining, To-Dos, Flight Information, and Accommodations.  For New York our columns consist of: Item, Neighborhood, Address, Phone, Hours, Cost, Website, and Notes.  We set to work by filling in things to do and places to eat by researching online and asking around for some opinions {Asking for opinions on Facebook landed me 13 likes and 14 comments so far!}.  We only add things we think we might be interested in, but just because it’s on the spreadsheet doesn’t mean it will actually happen.  We try to keep the idea in our heads that if something doesn’t go according to plan we are okay with that.  In fact we usually prioritize what items are must do’s and which ones we can live without.  Seeing a play on Broadway was a must so we already booked tickets to see Chicago while we’re there.  After we have plenty on there, my sister usually starts mapping and color coding the items that are closest to each other.  This way we can see what makes sense to visit in the same day.  This requires some time and effort, but pays off big time when you realize you would have had to zig-zag and trek all around the city if you didn’t take the time to plan according to location.  Here is screen shot of the spreadsheet:

travel plan

We also made spreadsheets for our DC trip with our cousin and our NOLA trip together a few years back.  I would say we get better at it with each trip.  It’s very helpful if you want to experience a lot.  If you just want to relax, it’s probably not the ideal way for you, in fact you might want to go without a plan and see what happens.  I personally feel like I’m missing out if I don’t have a plan.  Reminds me of setting a goal list.  It’s easier to accomplish goals if you have them laid out.  If you have any recommendations for our trip please comment and let us know.  We especially like to hear about places to eat.  It’s not hard to figure out where our priorities lie!

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