How Organised Are You When It Comes To Travel? Is It Written In The Stars?

How Organised Are You When It Comes To Travel? Is It Written In The Stars?

Working full-time, travelling as often as I can, writing a blog, running a house and trying to be an adult to the best of my ability, may sound overwhelming, but for me, the busier I am the more I thrive. I think the main reason for this is because I like to be über organised, which if I’m honest comes naturally. I can be quite anal about some things and am a bit of a perfectionist – I just want everything to be right, unfortunately that’s not to say that everything does turn out right, but I do try. I know it makes me sound like a bore, but I’m not I promise, at least I don’t think I am. I have set routines for most things in my life and have a habit of freaking out if I have to deviate from them in any way. Furniture At Work™ have put together a fun and funky infographic which shows how your horoscope could actually be linked to how organised you are.

Horoscopes have always interested me and as a magazine addict (I am trying to cut back to only a couple a week, but I need my weekly Kardashian fix I’m afraid) I always flick to the back to check out what the week ahead has in store for me. According to the infographic, as a Taurus I’m a ‘show off’ as ‘organisation and efficiently run through your veins’ and although no one usually wants to be classed as a show off, I certainly cannot argue with the statement on this occasion. I love the fact that I am organised, I mean come on, there are worse things to be and it comes in very handy in all walks of my life, but especially when travel planning.  I NEED everything to be right and I find that the only way to do that is to be organised from the outset. I often think I’d like to be one of those people who could just go with the flow and maybe if I have been born under a different star sign, I could have been.

I love travelling, I think from the blog you can tell, well at least I hope you can, if not then I’m doing something wrong 🙂 but I need to ensure that everything is organised well in advance and even paid for before we even step foot out of the front door, it saves me the stress and worry whilst actually travelling. Every trip we take has an itinerary, I bet you’re thinking – she must fun at parties! I have tried over the years to be more spontaneous but even now I still incorporate it into our itinerary. Yes seriously, I plan to be spontaneous! I think it stems from the need to make the most of our time when we visit somewhere, especially if we have never been before. The thought of coming home having missed out on something sends me into a mini meltdown.

Regardless of destination I have a five step process I always follow in a specific order, which is:-

  • Book transportation (plane/train/ferry etc.)
  • Book accommodation and if it is pay on arrival, try to pay for it upfront regardless
  • Create itinerary on a day by day basis (sometimes hour by hour basis)
  • Book trips/tickets/restaurants etc.
  • Print everything out

Yes, we live in 2017 when the world is full of digital nomads, all confirmations are sent electronically and we shouldn’t waste paper, but it’s something I have always done and have no plans to change. Particularly because the thought of relying on technology freaks me out – what if I lose my phone? What if I delete an email accidentally? What if my battery dies? I just can’t risk it. I have to be organised. So I buy a new folder for each trip, print every confirmation out and place them in the folder in the order we will need them. If we are travelling around, then for me it has to be a folder per destination. When we travelled around Australia I had four for the four major cities we visited and I have already started to put together our folders, all five of them, for our California Road Trip in June.

Mr ESLT on the other hand is a Leo. The infographic sums him up to a tee – ‘fun first’. He’s a fun guy – that’s a fact, he loves having a laugh, doing crazy things and is a million times more spontaneous than me. However, as I have a big personality/am bossy I usually get my own way and to be honest he goes along with me, most of the time, for a quiet life. I obviously ask him if there is anything in particular he wants to do, I’m not (completely) selfish. I think the mix of a Taurus and a Leo works well, imagine the arguments we would have if we were both the same – we’d either be so organised our trips would be fun free military operations or we would both be so laid back we would probably never go anywhere.

Take a look at the infographic and let us know if you agree with what it says about your star sign, we’d love to hear from you. If like me, do you have a process when booking your next break?

Furniture At Work - an organised mess infographic

  • This post has been written in collaboration with Furniture At Work™ #organisedmess.
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  1. April 13, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Interesting post about being organised for travel. Are you up for a little test?
    An example: I have already booked ahead for our family Christmas in Budapest. Began by discussing dates with our working daughter and husband, checking out flight availability and costs using BA’s app as well as hotels via Booked both, contacted hotel for special needs, pre booked our seats on the flight. Airport car park booked. Everything then loaded into Tripit app on my iPhone. Next, browsed best sights to see on Internet and apps, chose a list of 8 and spread them around the days inside the Tripit app.
    At the moment we are waiting till next Wednesday when we fly to San Francisco and the suitcases are already packed except for toilet bags!
    Guess my star sign?

    • April 14, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Well it sounds like you and I have a lot in common when it comes to booking trips 🙂 I love being organised and it sounds like you are the same. We don’t fly to San Francisco until 1st June and I am already tempted to start packing! If the research is correct then I would guess either a fellow Taurus or another in the ‘Show Off’ group – Virgo, Capricorn or Pisces?

      • April 14, 2017 / 8:41 pm

        I think this shows how shaky some of this “research” is …….. I’m an Aries, birthday today! Also a psychologist and not an astrologer ????

        • April 14, 2017 / 8:43 pm

          Ha, is sure does!:) Happy Birthday by the way! Hope you have had a great day?!

  2. April 13, 2017 / 9:28 am

    If that’s what works for you. I, on the other hand would like to be able to turn up on the day… I am going on a three week motorcycle ride in Europe in May. I have booked the ferry because it gets booked out at this time of year. I have no accommodation booked. How can I? I’m not even sure when I’ll be in each country I want to visit. I will ride my motorcycle in a general direction. Towards say, Germany for example. I do have a GPS on the bike so at least I can pick a town ahead to aim towards. I did it this way on my previous bike trip in Europe. When I find some where nice to stop I do. I use a certain app on my phone then to seek out accommodation while having a coffee somewhere. Enjoy your travels…

    • April 14, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Your adventure sounds amazing and I genuinely wish I could be the same. I think maybe if I’d done it once I would be more open to it if the experience had gone well. A friend’s brother did a European motorcycle trip a couple of years ago and just let the wind take him. I suppose with wifi being more available now it’s a lot easier than it used to be accommodation wise. Hope you have an amazing time and find some great places to explore 🙂

      • April 14, 2017 / 8:47 pm

        Thanks. Try it sometime, it’s liberating 😉

  3. April 13, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Getting organized is key for us. We have a schedule to keep! LOL.
    For blogging we normally schedule post ahead. So we don’t “rush” to think of something. Because there will just be the days when there is no time to even log into WP!

    • April 14, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      We are the same – 100%. When we are traveling blogging goes out of the window. We’d rather enjoy where we are, take lots of photos and notes and write about it when we get home. I really don’t know how full time travelling bloggers do it. I wouldn’t want to spend time behind the laptop when I could be out and about experiencing what the destination has to offer. God bless Hootsuite and all the other scheduling programs available 🙂

  4. April 15, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I am exactly the same – everything is meticulously organised before leaving home.

    Having tried both types of travel – we travelled randomly through Europe in the 1970s (yes, I know, I really am *that* old) without a care in the world, but ended up spending so much time looking for affordable accommodation each night (and even ending up sleeping in the car one night) that I soon moved on to maximising my time away by pre-booking everything before we travel.

    I also find that the planning is VERY MUCH part of the fun of travel for me, and when I get to the destination I’d rather spend time checking out the cute little temple I discovered, or sipping a drink in a bar with an amazing view over the bay; than dragging my backpack along the streets looking for a suitable hotel.

    Some people feel that hanging out at a bus station with hundreds of others, trying to work out the timetable in a language they don’t understand and then squeezing into an already overfilled bus is all part of the adventure. Not for me. Each to their own, and whatever works best for that person. There is no right or wrong.