QUOTE(babieemelly @ Sep 27 2008, 10:06 AM)
QUOTE(2olives @ Sep 26 2008, 02:27 PM)
We may be travel soul mates. I do the exact same thing, for the same reason. I love to have a working knowlegde and a crude sense of how places are laid out before I go, and to get underneath all of the typical guidebook nonsense and figure out how I can really enjoy the place, instead of mindlessly taking the expected tourist routine.
That's a big part of why I plan it all out, too! I'd hate to miss anything buried a little deeper under the surface of a place. In past trips we've seen and done all the basic experiences, monuments, attractions, etc but some of our favorite things were the out-of-the-ordinary experiences/attractions I found from planning things out in advance. There's so much information out there that's so helpful to be able to find beforehand. Granted I do sometimes go overboard with printing out menus and everything
Haha, it's fun though!
Thats exactly why I'm trying to plan/gain as much info as I can because if you don't you're going to miss them like they didn't exist.
I actually like planning, it gets me very involved and shows me what I might expect and gives me a "birds eye" view of what I'm doing in general.
I agree having a paper copy of your itineraries (not just confirmation numbers jotted down on some notebook paper, you really need your confirmation documents that they give you) however there is a website called www.tripit.com that will read emailed confirmations that you forward to them and it will add it to your personal itinerary generator and will show you what you're doing on those days with maps, weather, etc all in one centric location.
The downfall of using tripit, is you need internet access or a PDA that has wifi/3G/EDGE so you can access your data (I'd still want a paper copy as a backup).