Whilst I like the idea of finding hidden gems along the way on your own, I was always worried that we would find something out after we had come back and wished that we had done it. My outlook is that if you go somewhere and make the most of it, you can go somewhere else next time.
As a serial planner, I find looking for things to do almost as exciting as actually doing them. I would spend many hours on my laptop, exploring every inch of a city or town virtually, leaving no stone unturned. Tickets for attractions would be booked, train and tram times would be printed out and we would end up with a step by step, day by day itinerary.
On our first city break, to Gerona (Spain) , I hadn’t started planning the ‘Hitler Holiday’s’ as my brother calls them and after the first day and a half, we found ourselves not sure what to do. I vowed from that day on, to always plan in advance and make the most of our time abroad and I must say it has worked out very well ever since. We have many fond memories and are also able to give recommendations and advice to friends, and friends of friends, who are going somewhere that we have been.