Having picked your destination and day dreamed about it quite a bit, the time for travel is now fast approaching. You begin to panic and realize that a lot needs to be done before the long awaited vacation. The vacation now seems like a project with a deadline fast approaching. There is planning to be done, multiple parallel tasks to be executed, the long pole figured out and plan B to be outlined. Do I really want to go? Or should I just postpone it to a time when I am mentally at peace? How much should you plan before leaving and how much should be left fluid to explore on the fly at the destination?
The rest of this page primarily looks at the planning aspect as it pertains to traveling to Europe. For US and Canada specific guidelines (there aren’t many), please check this page.