Thanks to Steven Covey* for the inspiration for the (paraphrased) title of this months #TravelLinkUp post – and yes, it’s all about habits. Those little things that we do, even when we don’t have to. Here are my top 7 travel habits which I just can’t break.
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1) Mr Fletche looks after the travel documents. Always. I like to think that this is so I have someone to blame if something goes wrong. And that is why we have husbands. When I went to Alicante with the girls, I had to take full responsibility for my own passport, and readers, I didn’t like it one bit.
2) What’s the first thing you do when you step into your accommodation? Apart from take a photo of course – the last time the room will be tidy without paraphernalia littering the place. I open all the cupboards, drawers and doors, naming what I find loudly. “Ooh, look, a HAIRDRYER!” “Ooh, look a SHOWER CAP” “Ooh, look an IRON”. As if I’ve never seen these things before.
3) I have to have something to clutch in bed. That isn’t Mr Fletche. Which is where my beanbag Eeyore came in. He managed to successfully travel with me for years, until I somehow left him wrapped up in the bedclothes of Glacier View Lodge in the Canadian Rockies. It was a tough Eeyore-less trip to Vienna where I had to clutch a cushion in bed instead. And then Mr Fletche bought me Eeyore No 2 for Christmas. We had a happy 11 months of travelling together before he too was left entangled in bedclothes, this time in Costa Rica. Eeyore no 3 is currently nervously awaiting his first trip abroad.
4) I will spend a whole flight not going to the toilet, but will become desperate as soon as that seatbelt sign comes on in preparation for landing. Hence my first port of call in every airport is the loo.
5) Part of my travel planning routine is to meticulously plan the best places to eat. The best places for brunch. The best places for coffee and cake. The best places for gin and craft beer. And then you can guarantee that we will not eat in a single one of those places. At least once per trip we’ll wander around, getting hungrier and hungrier, and getting more and more frustrated until we fall into a tourist trap restaurant. Or even worse, somewhere that has photos of its food on the (laminated) menu.
6) We have increasingly started to self-cater, renting apartments or cottages with a kitchen so we can at least put together breakfast, or a picnic lunch, or a late night snack. Which means we have formed a new habit of visiting our local supermarket. Where we will always, without fail, purchase the following:
Granola or Muesli
7) Packing. That’s fun right? I have a ritual when packing. Bear with me. I make a list of all the types of outfits I might need depending on our itinerary. Three days hiking. Two days city sightseeing. One fancy meal. Five pool days. That sort of thing. And then I get all the clothes out of my wardrobe that might be potentials. And work through my list. Three hiking outfits. Two city sightseeing outfits. Etc etc. I bear in mind that I may wear some items twice, so make sure that every item goes with at least one other item. I have exactly the right amount of outfits for the trip.
And then I chuck twelve spare outfits in the suitcase. Just in case.
Chicago said it best after all.
This post was inspired by the April #TravelLinkUp prompt, all about travel habits. If you want to join in, pop your post up over the first week of the month and add it to the link up widget found on SilverSpoon London, Binnys Food and Travel Diaries and Adventures of a London Kiwi. There are no rules, only to check out some of the other cool bloggers that are involved in that months travel link up; make a few comments here and there and tweet a few of the posts out to your followers that you think they will love. It’s a great way to meet some new travel bloggers and share some blogging joy! The Travel Link Up is open to all bloggers as long as the post is relevant.
I’m Emmalene, a 40 something with a passion for travel, theatre, food, drink and the occasional accidental hike! I’m a born-and-bred Birmingham native so expect lots of Brum content on here too…