Travelling and Poking About

My Travel Personality

July 2, 2015

Sometimes I lock myself out of my hotel room and just happily sit on the floor until someone else solves the problem for me…

This month’s Travel Link Up is “Travel Personalities”. This is where we all do the big confessions about what terrible people we are to travel with. Or what wonderful people we are to travel with. Or we get someone who’s travelled with us to do a guest post and tell the world how frigging weird we are. I haven’t done any of those things (hey, last minute, how you doing?!) I’m just vaguely going to meander my way through the topic. Which may be a metaphorical way of describing my travel style. Who knows? I don’t, I haven’t written it yet!

I’m the kind of person who likes to think long and hard before taking any kind of impulsive action. Spontaneity requires a license, a permit and a signed note from my mum. Just ask my husband; as a rather happy-go-lucky come-what-may chap himself, it’s the thing he hates most about me. (A rather competitive list of traits on that list, I fear).

Where as most people would just say “I want to go to Venice” and book a trip to Venice, I need to mull it over for a few weeks. Deals don’t really hang around for a few weeks, so I miss them. I need to work out how much it will cost, how much money we have, what’s likely to come into the account in the next few weeks and what we’d have lying around in the emergency “Oh-god-what-if-the-flat-above-me-is-cooking-meth-and-explodes-all-over-my-shit” fund if we did take the trip.

As we live in London, more and more rarely is there ever anything left over in the upstairs-neighbour-questionable-meth-related-decisions fund, so I don’t feel that it’s prudent to travel as much as I’d like.

I am far more likely to travel if I have a time sensitive reason to do so. Ie, if you are getting married I will travel to your wedding. I will book the hotel and the transport and do it (having researched it all months ahead of time and hopefully gotten a killer train fare). I am less likely to go through with all this palaver if it’s just for my own entertainment and edification. Coz what about the meth, guys?! It could happen!

I’m not this anal once I’ve submerged myself in the waters of you’ve-got-a-plane-ticket-no-refunds-bitch. Once I’m committed I will happily let it all hang out a little more and I won’t bother planning every minute of a trip. Realistically I will have a list of things (mainly museums and tourist haunts, don’t judge me) that I’ll want to see, but sod anticipating every meal and restaurant.

For some reason I adore spontaneity when it comes to food. Sometimes you are wandering around a foreign locale and decide to risk it with some street food. Sometimes you see a nice little place tucked away in a side street and your husband gets talking to the waiter (even though they don’t speak the same language) so you’re destined to dine there. Occasionally the meal is awful and the service is lousy and you have a great story to tell. Occasionally everything is phenomenal. As long as we avoid the mediocre I’m convinced we’re having a great holiday.

Spot me in line to explore the Vatican!

Spot me in line to explore the Vatican! I don’t know why I wore cream trousers either…


Need an example? The very first time I visited Rome, we knew we wanted to see the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Sistine Chapel. We also fancied a wander through St Peter’s Basilica. The most important thing was the Sistine. We knew it was the day the Pope would be hanging out his window yapping to the tourists (research!), so we planned to get in line bright and early, and maybe get a quieter look at the chapel than usual. This worked a treat.

While we looked at Michelangelo’s handy work in relative quiet, the masses (see what I did there) hung around outside in the heat Pope gazing. We’d started queuing at 6am, but it was a straightforward process. After this it was a bit more of a tourist crush when ambling through St Peter’s, but that was fine, the Sistine was more important. Then we played it by ear and had a casual day exploring the city, ticking off the rest of our list and slopping chocolate gelato all down the front of my cream trousers. Being a big mess is also a huge part of my general character.

How would I define my travel personality? I plan ahead enough to have a vague idea of what I want to do each day, but am free enough to wing it for the most part which usually makes for more memorable experiences. This means sometimes making grave errors (hello multiple photographs of me in cream trousers) but the consequences are generally part of the big gelato related incident that is my life.

Travel with me, babes. I’m fun. And I’m good at avoiding too much queuing.

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  • You sound like an ideal travel companion to be honest! I’m planning to muddle my way through writing this post in a minute and you’ve inspired me ;).

    • Excellent. I’ll be looking out for that tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  • adales8

    I think you and I have pretty similar travel personalities x

    • Good. I hate being alone in these things ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I like to plan in advance but once I am there don’t mind losing control a little (but still have a rough plan!). Any tips on Rome would be much appreciated as we’re going there next weekend! Then I can plan what we’re going to do ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’ve literally only done the general tourist stuff (because there’s so much of it and I went there for that reason) but it’s a nice place to wander ๐Ÿ˜€

  • The thing that stops me travelling is the packing. God I hate she surveys the bombsite surrounding her… xxx

    • You need me in your life, Kate. I am very spatially coordinated — I pack like a dream. But, if I do it for you before you leave, you will never get it re-packed as well on the return. XO

    • I hate packing too. I also hate unpacking. When I moved to the UK I think it took my over a year to finally get everything out of my suitcase and into drawers…

  • Though I’m a planner I also believe ‘he who hesitates is lost’ if I see a good deal, I want to book it and we’ve missed out on things / had to pay a lot extra cos of Mr S’s hesitance – damn him!

    • But… what if the house explodes??!!??! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Against my night owl nature, I seek the mornings to wander and see a place come alive. People pouring out of the clubs in Amsterdam, Silence in Stockholm, Energy and seediness crackling in NYC, Peace on the Beach, etc. I like to see the underbelly of a place. Very organized and relaxed traveler — everyone ends up thinking I am from that place and asks me where to go. Strange.

    • People ask me for directions everywhere I go too… however once I open my mouth they realise I haven’t got a clue XD

  • I have serious fears of not knowing where a place to eat is and being hungry so usually I would know fuck all about a museum but have a list of places to eat at!

    • Really?! There’s food everywhere… maybe I just have a talent for always being able to sniff something out ๐Ÿ˜€

  • & with that being said, WERE DOWN TO EAT WHATEVER ๐Ÿ˜€ and when are you free cause we’re travelling with each other :D!!!

    Serene | I Am Serene L


  • B

    If only we all had enough “whatever money” to travel whenever we wanted! I love your photos, it looks like you had a great time!

    • Yes, more travel money is a thing I need. Like, now. โ€ขsighโ€ข

  • It’s always helpful to plan ahead, then you don’t have to worry about it once you’re there and can just enjoy. Although, what I’ve found is that it makes changing plans a lot harder, so I’ve gone for more and more flexible plans as time has gone on! However, it doesn’t get really exhausting!

    • Yes. The key is to find the correct amount of planning ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Sounds like you’ve got it just right, Frankie! We loved the Sistine Chapel, going to be posting about it soon

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Love this Frankie! Totally agree- plan enough so you cover the bases but also space for muddling along and finding what youโ€™re like once youโ€™re there!! Iโ€™d definitely travel with you โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

    • The muddling around is always the best part x

  • I see now that you and I are total opposites when it comes to the food situation when travelling! The can sometimes be the reason we go somewhere… basically our recent jaunt to Yorkshire, yeah it’s pretty but oh my god the food we ate! Don’t judge me you gelato-spilling biatch!

    • Hahaha I think if I planned for weeks to go to some restaurant and it wasn’t OMG AMAZING (and frankly, how could it live up to weeks plotting in my imagination) I’d probably throw all my toys out of the cot and tantrum all over the floor. Not fun for anyone XD

      • Totally get what you’re saying, I have that fear too! But the beauty of our system is we only actually ‘plan’ to go a few days ahead or even the day before… haha so in reality even then we don’t plan too much!

  • I like the bit about getting a friend to guest blog on your / my travel personality. Damn. Wish I’d thought of that. oh, and great read! ;).

    • Haha, thanks. I don’t think I know anyone I’d trust to do it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I whole heartedly support your approach, it works for us too!

  • Hilarious! I also always worry about the damage the flat upstairs could cause to my abode and belongings. I normally miss the deals because of my boyfriend taking his sweet time to make a decision.

    • There should be a deal site for people like me and your boyfriend who need to take their sweet time! You see a deal, but it’s not available for three weeks, thus giving us time to mull! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Our travel personalities seem quite similar although I would definitely book that deal and worry about the finances later ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I will totally start a GiveALittle page for you when the flat upstairs from you explodes and it all goes to hell. Don’t you worry. I got your back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • You sound like the ideal travel companion!
    I’m fairly similar in the ‘got a few things i want to see / do but will be spontaneous for the rest’ way, but i’d pretty much always book the deal. Unless I wasn’t sure if i wanted to go there. I have so many places i want to go that i don’t really know which one to go to first so planning time away gets very confusing.
    For S. He’s the one who has to deal with me. Me and my crazy are quite chill. But that boy should probably get an award or something for being able to live with me.

    anywhoo i’m rambling.
    Loved the post! x

    • Being able to live with someone without killing them is a really big thing if you ask me. We should all get medals XD

  • I am a definitely a planner and like you miss out on deals because I procrastinate Lucy x

    • We need a procrastinators travel site. I keep saying this. A site where you can only book something seven days after you first see it.

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