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Old 09-28-2012, 04:08 AM   #1
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Do you do anything different on the lead up to your holiday?

I have a calender on the office wall with everyones leave on it. I have noticed that when the holiday is getting near instead on crossing the days off one whole week at a time I start crossing them off one day at a time.

It's six weeks to go and this week I've started the one day at a time countdown.

I was wondering if anyone else did anything differantly the closer the holiday gets?
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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I become an obsessive list writer! About a week or so beforehand I usually start writing lists of all the things I have to do each day, I even put things on there like 'go to Asda' or 'put washing on' which you would think I would just remember! I have so many dreams about not being prepared (the most common is that I wake up on the day of travel and realise I haven't packed!) that the week before we go I make sure every minute of my day is planned to avoid any problems.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:17 AM   #3
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I become an obsessive list writer! About a week or so beforehand I usually start writing lists of all the things I have to do each day, I even put things on there like 'go to Asda' or 'put washing on' which you would think I would just remember! I have so many dreams about not being prepared (the most common is that I wake up on the day of travel and realise I haven't packed!) that the week before we go I make sure every minute of my day is planned to avoid any problems.
I'm exactly the same Jen, lots of lists and a list of the lists I need to do
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:25 AM   #4
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its weird really but we don't plan at all for what we are going to do while in Orlando..I have never done a 'day one we are going to MK' etc etc..but I am also a massive list maker before we go.

I also pack then re pack about 3 times and my hand luggage about 10 times to make sure that I have the tickets etc.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:27 AM   #5
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I'm the same! I'm having those dreams now! I've got to the airport to realise we've left our passports at home and couldn't get back in time :S

I'm almost a week away, eek! I'm just about to start making our day plan so I know exactly what to do every day. I have a lot more to do this holiday, getting a wedding licence, collecting villa keys, learning how to drive over there, directions to cocoa beach, collecting a photopass+ card rather than just finding a photograph etc so I'm panicking I'll forget something we need to do!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:40 AM   #6
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Theresa has the packing dream as well. She puts everything in then turns around and the cases are empty again.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:56 AM   #7
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I constantly pack and then re pack our suitcases as im convinced ive forgotten stuff and make a million lists(which i always seem to loose) and drive all my co workers crazy with my daily countdown at register time lol
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I constantly pack and then re pack our suitcases as im convinced ive forgotten stuff and make a million lists(which i always seem to loose) and drive all my co workers crazy with my daily countdown at register time lol
I could have written this myself Rachel .... this is exactly what I am like .. plus I annoy the whole world with countdowns on Facebook
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:47 PM   #9
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I was jumping at the school gates today because it's my SDD day and before I'd even said anything everyone mentioned how many days I had left because of my annoying fb countdowns! Lmao!
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:31 AM   #10
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Just crossed another one off.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:23 PM   #11
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In the run up we'd written our schedule in MS Excel and downloaded all the touring plans which a few weeks before I then converted them all to PDF's and imported them into Dropbox and iBook reader so I could take my iPhone to the parks and access all the documents online or not.

Then whilst waiting for things to print at work or waiting for a meeting I could quickly glance at any of the documents with a smile knowing it was getting closer every day.

Sounds technical but to be honest we switched our schedule around all the time and loosely stuck to a loose schedule depending on our mood! Schedule was a good base though. We overestimated the time it would do to do things so always had free time in the afternoon.

We also had a chalk countdown on the front door wall which went from weeks to days as it got closer.

Now we're back it's difficult to even look at the photos without a pang... We've already decided we're doing 3 weeks in 2014!
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I constantly pack and then re pack our suitcases as im convinced ive forgotten stuff and make a million lists(which i always seem to loose) and drive all my co workers crazy with my daily countdown at register time lol
I refuse to let myself check or repack the suitcases as I know I will drive myself mad! I have a completely itemised packing list and tick off as I go, the only thing I check is passports and money
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I'm exactly the same Jen, lots of lists and a list of the lists I need to do
I'm so sad that I get excited by the list making! I love writing the packing list as it feels like the start of the holiday, its like a treat I look forward to!
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:26 AM   #14
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I'm so sad that I get excited by the list making! I love writing the packing list as it feels like the start of the holiday, its like a treat I look forward to!
T and I had a long chat about our lists last night, we are soooo sad.

Ours are packing lists, things to buy lists and things to do lists.

One year nobody took a watch and we ended up buying one, so a watch is now on the list.

Do you have any unusual items on your lists at all?

Just crossed yesterday off the calender.
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Another one who can't survive without lists, even the dogs have their own list for their hotel aka kennels.

This time I've got woolly hats on our list.

I always need to do a major clean/tidy up of the house and finish off any outstanding odd-jobs before we go as I hate the thought of coming back to anything less than perfect. DH likes the clean and tidy bit (I've told him the solution if he wants a permanently tidy house is to book more holidays) but he's not very keen on the odd-job bit.
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