This autumn me and my <3 will be living in Barcelona for two months! And the planner nerd that I am I wanted to share my planning for this trip :) I’ll share what I’ve done so far, but if you want to hear more I’ll gladly share what else I’ll be doing to plan for this trip. Deciding what to take with me for two months will be a huge struggle for sure haha
In case you’re wondering, I decided to do this in my Kikki.K ring bound planner, with these dotted grid printables. The reason is that it’s way more flexible. If I were to make a mistake or want to change thing up it’s so much easier than if I created this plan in my Leuchtturm 1917 notebook.
Well, let’s get to it, shall we?
1. The very important Starter Page
Well, as you probably understand, the starter page is very, very important ;)
Honestly, I had so many ideas for the starter page and I decided to create one of them as a poster for my and Fredrik’s other Etsy store (MadeByColor). I absolutely love this print and I love this inspirational wall we created in our living room.
2. The overview plan
I started out by creating an overview of what we needed to do for this trip. This is mainly the big things like booking a place to stay, get flight tickets and oh, yeah, get ok from our respective works to actually have two months off work :)
I know that some of you wonder how I manage to take two months off from work, both financially but also to get an ok from my boss…
Well, for starters I have five weeks vacation every year. This is actually stated in our law, so it’s not specific to where I work. And just as a side note in case you didn’t know, I’m Swedish. And yep, Sweden is a pretty amazing place to live ;)
(Just had to insert a pretty photo from Sweden to continue with that point ;)
So, what about the rest of the two month period then? Well, a couple of years ago I switched career. From having worked as an IT consultant for 13 years to now be working with sales in a store with mostly Scandinavian home decor (in short – I’m trying to do things I want to and not what’s expected or what I “should” do…).
I bring this up for two reasons. First of all, I do have some savings from the time when I was working within IT. And I’m dipping into that savings for this trip since I won’t get a paycheck besides my five weeks vacation. Not ideal, but I decided to do it anyways.
And secondly, working in a store means that it’s pretty easy for the manager to get someone else to take my work hours when I’m gone (plus the manager was pretty awesome to let me do this). If I was still working as a consultant I’m not sure it would have been this easy to get an ok. I probably would have gotten it, but well, you just never know.
The plan includes what’s needed to get done, if it’s me or Fredrik who’s responsible for the task and when we ideally should have it done by.
(Just as a side note – My planning pages have been updated since May when this photo was taken and the blog post was written… but for different reasons I didn’t get around to publish the blog post back then, hence the somewhat “old” information.)
Well, this was just the start of the planning process for our trip. I have so much more to share, like how I save tips on what to do when we’re actually living in Barcelona and the huuuuge task of planning what to bring with me ;) Do let me know if you’d be interested in hearing more about this.