This is the first in a 6-part series about the awesomeness of spreadsheets for planning your dream trip. An overview of the series can be found on the Trip Planning 101 page. Once a week for the next 5 weeks, I'll describe another part (e.g. budget, packing list, itinerary) of an awesome trip planning tool that I've developed and tested over the course many trips. In the last post in the series, I'll publish a template of the whole spreadsheet for your planning convenience/ fun! This is a slight deviation from the standard Naked Kayaker posts, but I'm quite excited to share it because I think it's useful to more than just kayakers.
Goal #1: make trip planning less daunting and a lot more fun.
Goal #2: save money and make the most of your time off.
What exactly is this trip planner?
When it comes down to it - it's a spreadsheet with a bunch of different tabs to organize all your trip-related information.
Boring, right? It doesn't have to be!
What I've come to realize is that not everyone loves spreadsheets. Many people actually dislike them, because they associate them with work or school. If you're one of these people, then I'd like to invite you to change your mind. Okay, let's be realistic for a moment - if you ended up on this blog post by searching google then you're probably also a spreadsheet lover... but let's be optimistic and carry on...
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Maps in each blog post: Click the icons to learn more about the launch site (amenities) and destinations. Click the square in the bottom-left corner to see an aerial photo behind the route.