As you may have noticed I have recently placed a countdown widget on my blog counting down the (many) days to the big Boston vacation that my family (the parents, all the sisters, all the brothers-in-law, and all the nieces) is taking in June. You might think that this is a bit premature and you would probably be right, but I don't really care--I am far too excited to hold back any longer. In 102 days my family will be vacationing on a Beach outside of Plymouth, Mass with frequent trips into Boston and its surrounding areas!
Part of my excitement comes from the fact that I am actually the major planner of this trip--well the major planner of the details of what we will be doing while we are in Boston. I love planning trips. I think in another life I would make a great tour organizer/guide. As such I have quite literally been seriously planning this trip since December. I have lists (with pictures) of attractions in the Boston area, their hours, prices, and directions on how to get there. I have lists compiled and cross-referenced on what each of us wants to see and do while in Boston. I have subway and rail schedules and prices ready to go. I have have an itinerary for the entire week all scheduled out. I am even compiling a list of everyone's favorite Dunkin' Donuts (if you know my family you will know that this is very important). Now even though you might be thinking I am a bit over-planned, I would argue no. Having a good plan based on good information will simply allow us to accomplish everything that we want to in the amount of time that we have and will also allow us to make good decisions when something else comes up that we weren't thinking of doing. Basically what I am trying to say is that I am not a Nazi travel planner. Our first family meeting concerning the vacation is coming up in March and I literally can't wait.
In addition to planning out our vacation I have been spending some time lately thinking about what I will wear and take to Boston and over the weekend made my first purchase. Here it is the bag that I will be toting all over Boston and the Cape for a week:
Isn't it great? It is the perfect size to hold my camera, a bottle of water, a snack, an umbrella, and my wallet without making me feel like I'm carrying the whole world with me. I am also planning out the outfit I will wear on the airplane to Boston. This is actually very important as I am flying first class (used my frequent flyer miles) and I don't want to be called out as a fraud. I also don't want be called out as someone trying too hard. So what do you think of this outfit put together here by EmilyStyle (a favorite distraction of mine)?
Sans the luggage because I don't have that kind of money and sans the scarf as it will be June.