If you put me on a scale of types, I’m even more Type A than your average Type-A person. My apartment is always clean, my bed is always made, my closet is color organized, my daily planner is colored coded, and I’m obsessed with making sure everything has a “place.” It should come as no surprise then that my travel habits mimic my Type-A lifestyle. Thankfully, the Prince is just about as much Type A like me, although maybe less high strung and a bit more relaxed! However, having a travel partner that likes to be as organized and as diligent about the details as me makes traveling stress-free for the two of us. So here are 20 signs that you might also be a crazy Type-A traveler like me!
20. YOU PLAN YOU TRAVELS WAY IN ADVANCE
Is your travel calendar already booked out through the rest of the year? And was it booked out by February? If you answered yes to both questions, then you’re a Type-A traveler. As I write this, I am already starting to strategize my travels for next year. As for this year, I only have 6 weekends available before the Christmas holidays! But the advance planning pays off – I tend to be able to snag amazing flight, train, and hotel deals that are long gone by the time people start planning a month or two in advance (or gasp, the weekend before!).
19. YOU BUY ALL THE INSURANCES OFFERED TO YOU
I’m always paranoid about something going wrong – what if my train to the airport breaks down? What if I miss my flight? What if I lose my bags? Name something that can go wrong and I’ve probably already thought it. But the number one thing that paranoids me? Rental cars! Whenever the Prince and I rent a car, especially in the UK, we get full insurance. Yes, I know it’s a scam but it gives us such peace of mind. We aren’t going to risk something going wrong while driving on the opposite side of the road!
18. YOU PRINT OUT ALL TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
What happens if my phone dies? Does my phone gets stolen? Everything on my computer is hacked? Have no fear, this is why I print out all of my documents. I have a paper copy of my passport as well as a copy of my passport on my phone, in my email, and stored at my parent’s house. That way, if something goes wrong, I can easily prove my identity and get an emergency passport. Additionally, I’d recommend making copies of everything in your wallet, especially insurance cards, etc., and keeping it separate from your wallet/purse in case it gets stolen or lost!
17. YOU PACK ONCE…AND THEN YOU REPACK
As much as I try to be a light packer, clothes are my weakness. In order to not back too much, I tend to pack for longer trips a few days in advance; let it sit for a day or two; and then take everything out of my suitcase, reevaluate what I’ve packed, take items out, and pack lighter. I also make the Prince crackdown on me – he’s a notoriously light packer (sometimes too light!)
16. YOU MUST CLEAN BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Anyone else become a psycho apartment or house cleaner before leaving for a trip? I can’t leave for a trip unless my apartment has been dusted, vacuumed, plants watered, rugs cleaned, trashes emptied, and bed made. If it is a longer trip, we will also try to wash our sheets and/towels and leave them out to dry while we’re gone. I mean, is there a better feeling than coming home to a perfectly cleaned apartment?!
15. YOU COLOR CODE AND CATEGORIZE GOOGLE MAPS
Give me a packet of pens with different colors and I’m in heaven. Google Maps makes it so incredibly easy to organize all my activities by category and color! I’ll usually have all the sightseeing activities in one category/color, food in another category/color, drinks/cafes in another category/color, and shopping in a final category/color. I’ll also label important things on the map in another color – hotel, airport, train station, etc. Additionally, you’re able to assign each location an icon. For example, I might assign a café the coffee cup icon and a restaurant the knife and plate icon. This makes it easy to visually see the map on the go! Lastly, not only can you add notes about each location (ex. “rated the best coffee shop in Hamburg”), but it’s super simple to download and use Google Maps offline!
14. YOU DOWNLOAD A LANGUAGE DICTIONARY
I’ll be honest, when it comes to languages, the Prince totally destroys me. While my German has drastically improved these past few years (that’s what happens when you work in German all day!), the Prince has such a natural gift for languages. He not only speaks native German and totally fluent (I’d argue native) English, but he’s also quite conversational in French and can understand basic Dutch. While I strive to keep up with him, I’ll never match his language skills (funny fact: he once failed English which always makes me laugh because people mistake him for American all the time…and that’s coming from other Americans!). However, before traveling, I always make sure to either have a list of handy local phrases, a language dictionary, and/or data on my phone to use Google Translate!
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