Last-minute travel can either sound like a spontaneous adventure or like an unorganized, hectic nightmare. We devoted our March 29 Monday Night Twitter Party to talking about the highs and lows of last-minute travel. Discounted rates, a new experience, and visiting family are just a few of the reasons our moms love last-minute travel. We also shared how we pack differently, what we look for in a last-minute trip, and if it’s actually possible to do a spontaneous vacation with children.
Are you a planner or a doer? Why?
@tiffany053p:.I am a planner!
@blondefabulous: Total planner! With 3 kids in 3 different schools this year, we need to plan just a bit to cover all bases!
[email protected]: Both! Some trips can be great on the fly, but others require planning and I enjoy both!
@themeparkmom: I would like to be a planner, but life warrants that I’m a doer. I’m often on a plane with less than a day’s notice for my job.
@rkosully: I’m usually afraid that if I plan too much Ill get blamed if things go wrong–so Id rather just DO!
What does last-minute mean to you?
@mellanhead: About 2-3 days before hand.
@candacki: Not enough time to plan accordingly.
@judy511: I better be getting a bargain.
@CiaoMom: Two weeks? (see, I told you I was not spontaneous!)
@DebMomOf3: Taking off with only a day or so notice… Haven’t done it much but always adds spirit of excitement to the trip. 🙂
Do you pack differently for a last-minute trip?
@LLLSummer: Most likely packing faster and lighter.
[email protected]: Yes.. Usually more because in grabbing just-in-case items!
[email protected]: Not really – I tend to overpack no matter what. If I’m in a hurry though, I tend to forget things
@blondefabulous: More interchangeable stuff. Tops that go with several different bottoms so I can mix and match and pack light!
[email protected]: Dude of course I pack differently for last minute.. I pack TERRIBLY! 🙂
What do you look for in a last minute destination?
@abbebrown: Usually close to home and lots to do.
@sweetmatcha: I look for beautiful scenery, places to do things that are kid friendly, and fun!
@swtthing3: I’m not sure… I would say Ratings and Reviews.
[email protected]: Price, availability, surroundings, kid friendly.
@blondefabulous: Something to do or someone to see. Preferably something new!!
Is spontaneous travel even possible with kids? How?
@abbebrown: Absolutely! Try to stay organized! I have a packing list in my andriod that I refer back to. A lifesaver!
@sweetmatcha: I think it might be possible, if you have backup things packed and a list of everything you need, just check it!
[email protected]: Yes… Especially now that kids getting older and don’t need so much gear. And can (mostly) pack for themselves. 🙂
[email protected]: Sure, as long as it’s during a time they are free from school.
What’s the lure of last-minute travel?
[email protected]: The excitement of having no agenda.
[email protected]: Lower prices, getting away on a whim.
@abbebrown: Making wonderful memories at discounted rates!
@dreamfishing: Just the idea of getting away.. Maybe visiting family.
@christielomb: Usually we read about something that sounds interesting to do in newspaper or computer, if it sounds like fun, we go.