If you think putting together a complex trip is the kind of organizational nightmare that’ll make you feel like you’re in a bad remake of a National Lampoon’s Vacation movie — don’t worry. Here are a few travel planning strategies we picked up along the way.
It’s possible to do too much research and plan for each moment. Leave some things to serendipity, otherwise your itinerary will get too cluttered, and nothing about your trip will be spontaneous. And the spontaneity can be half the fun. After a few cross-country trips, we felt more comfortable winging it, and we made some great discoveries as a result. Like Deschutes National Forest, near Bend, Oregon, which we didn’t know about, until we decided to pull over for a picnic lunch.