8 Nov 2017

planning a summer holiday: how I planned Vancouver

As a compulsive planner, I started planning my summer holiday to Vancouver back in February before jetting off in July. To do this, I borrowed my sister's guidebook and opened up a fresh new notebook: this Pantone beauty which was bought many years ago.

To begin with, I needed to figure out which dates I could go, a budget and also the essentials for this trip. This is all on the front page seen below.

Next: a packing list! I split this list into separate categories to ensure that nothing essential would be left behind when packing for the holiday and also when packing on return.

To help plan which clothes to bring with me, I planned each day's outfit on the left hand page and because I love recording absolutely everything about a holiday, I then wrote what I actually wore on the right hand side.

Next, planning my itinerary. First, I sat down and wrote a list of places and things I definitely wanted to do/see/eat. I have a few friends from Vancouver so this list was made up of recommendations from the guidebook seen earlier on and their recommendations. Then, these things were separated into the days of my holiday to ensure that there was a rough plan for the whole trip.

Finally, each day was recorded in the following manner: number of steps, distance walked and how many flights climbed. I then recorded as much of my day as I could remember. These entries can be really long or really short depending on how tiring the day was as they tended to be written before falling asleep.

Obviously, this means one holiday never fills a notebook but that's ok - this notebook can be continued the next time I go somewhere on holiday.


  1. When you were on Granville Island, did you have a chance to browse through Paper-Ya? Such a cute stationery store... I think you would have enjoyed all the cute notebooks. Other fun places in Vancouver: Commercial Street, South Granville Street, Kits beach...

    1. Hello! Yes I did have a little browse in Paper-Ya. Didn't come away with anything though - must've had some self control that day haha! x