Photo by Alina Tsvor
Photo by Alina Tsvor

When it comes to planning out our travels, many of us walk the precarious line between will and whim. Some need itineraries to stay sane in a new place; others want the freedom to take each day as it comes. Planning is key to the success of any trip, but spontaneity brings the experiences we may otherwise miss. This week, we want to focus on the tug-of-war between these two sides of travel and how you prepare for them, as we prepare for our own adventure: The Passport Express. Before the train leaves Washington D.C. this coming Friday, tell us when each approach might come in handy, how you’ve surprised yourself while traveling, and how to leave enough room for adventure.

Join us this Thursday 9/10, at 2pm EST, to elaborate on your own methods, get some other perspectives, and generally get excited about any upcoming travels!

If you will be unavailable during the chat time but would still like to participate, please schedule your responses according to the timetable below:

Q1 – 2:00pm EST
Welcome to our #PassionPassport Twitter chat on Travel Planning! Where are you joining us from?

Q2 – 2:05pm EST
What is the next trip you’re preparing for? What are you most looking forward to?

Q3 – 2:10pm EST
When you set out on a trip, what are you most excited for? Nervous about?

Q4 – 2:15pm EST
What is your first planning step when researching a destination? (Things to do? How to get there?)

Q5 – 2:20pm EST
What tools or apps do you find invaluable for travel planning?

Q6 – 2:25pm EST
How do you pack for a trip? What are some things you never leave at home? Share a photo!

Q7 – 2:30pm EST
What aspects of a trip do you think can’t be left to chance? Why?

Q8 – 2:35pm EST
Is there something you purposely never plan when traveling? What and why?

Q9 – 2:40pm EST
Share an image of a travel moment that was completely unplanned. What happened to get you there?

Q10 – 2:45pm EST
Would you rather: travel with a set group, or meet other travelers on the road? Why?

Q11 – 2:50pm EST
Do you think the wealth of information travelers have at their fingertips is a good or bad thing? Why?

Q12 – 2:55pm EST
What might you change about the way you approach planning a trip? Why?