Travel: To Prepare, or Too Prepared?

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Prince Edward Island, Canada

How much travel preparation do you do? Do you make sure you have housing for every night? Do you just wing it and hope you find a place?

As you may have gathered from my last post, I have been preparing for my upcoming trip by doing my homework. I have used tourism websites and iPhone travel apps to gather a list of sites to see. I have written an itinerary with which sites to see on which days, and included their addresses, open times, and entrance fees. I have started rereading the fictional books that have inspired my travel destinations. I have also found that I can walk around the interior of Green Gables using GoogleMaps. No need to even leave home any more. Thanks Google. If you’re wondering, I also scheduled in some free days in case we happen upon other things we want to do or places to see.

Therefore I was feeling pretty good about myself when I plunked myself down on the couch for some good old Youtubing today. While watching a video that had nothing to do with my destinations, and by whatever algorithm Youtube uses (which I don’t even want to think about) a suggested video popped up titled Life and Times of L. M. Montgomery. Suddenly I shamefully realized that I haven’t done any research about the authors that are really the inspiration for my destinations! And I take off tomorrow! Why hadn’t I thought about researching the authors backgrounds??

I can now tell you that L. M. Montgomery, known as Maud, had a depressingly sad life. I will share more of her story in future posts from Prince Edward Island, but this has certainly put a new spin on the sites I plan to see! I also learned that several volumes worth of Maud’s personal journals have been published. Somehow I had never come across this fact either. I should have started reading them months ago! Yikes!

Panic set in. I’m not prepared! And then I began to wonder, is it possible to over prepare? If I had thoroughly done my research, would there be anything left to learn during the trip? Where’s the line between being prepared and being over prepared?

While I continue to ponder my lack of preparation, I’m off to pack!

What do you think? Do you prepare? Or over prepare? Let’s discuss in the comments!


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