Guest Post: Planning and Organizing Vacation Time

This post was written by Guest Blogger Carolyn Anderson-Fermann of Simply Organized Life….

Most of us look forward to vacation time as a special time to explore new things and be with family. If we are not careful, planning and organizing a vacation can take on a life of its own.

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Here are some quick tips to help you plan and organize your limited vacation time:

1) Pull Out the Calendar:Take out your calendar (be it paper or electronic) and map out your vacation time, taking note of major holidays like Memorial Day and the 4th of July. If you have school age children, now is the time to figure out if your kids will attend some sort of summer camp. Many summer camps have already opened enrollment.

2) Gather Information in One Place:Before you end up with one more paper pile, now is the time to set up a system for vacation related documents and articles. If you prefer paper, this can be a simple folder, hanging file or a three ring binder.


If you are trying to limit the paper in your life, an electronic application such as Evernote is a great repository for information. I started using Evernote over a year ago and find it really useful to scan in articles on places of interest. In planning our trip to Florida last year, I set up several notes in Evernote; including a packing list, theme park tips and links to recommended restaurants. This was much easier than lugging around a guidebook.

3) Set a Budget and Start Booking: It is a fact of life that our vacation plans are limited by time and by money. Now is the time to set a vacation budget, start saving and start booking for the best rates.

If you need a little extra help planning your time, please contact Carolyn to schedule a complementary telephone consultation and be your best in 2013.

About The Author: In 2005 Carolyn Anderson-Fermann founded Simply Organized LifeSM with the mission of helping others let go of clutter to find more time and space for the things that really matter in life. A public speaker and organizing expert, Carolyn is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and brings her clients nearly 10 years of corporate experience.

Contact Carolyn at: 734-646-4177 or

Comments below from Ann Arbor with Kids:

While I am in the midst of finalizing our spring break plans, I have already begun to examine our schedule to see which weeks over the summer work to visit out of state family. Between my husband’s work/travel schedule, their commitments, and my daughter’s top camp picks, we are going to be making some compromises. For a head-start on planning your summer vacation, check out the in progress Ann Arbor with Kids Summer Camp Guide and plan to head to Briarwood Mall tomorrow for their Summer Camp Expo.

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