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Old 09-21-2017, 04:48 PM   #1
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3 weeks out, what's next?

I am just three weeks away from my trip at the Polynesian! I have spent so many months planning and now it just feels kind of overwhelming to do anymore. I'm really excited, just having trouble focusing on what else needs to get done...we are paid in full and have our MNSSHP tickets but I still have to shop for warm weather clothes (mid October and I still don't know what kind of clothes I should pack or buy), create a budget & set some cash aside for spending money and...I'm not sure what else! I've been to Disney world before I'm not sure why I'm so disorganized right now. Any suggestions would be appreciated!


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I always hit a slump 30 days out, where there isn't much to do, and what's left is the little details of packing.

Do you have a complete packing list?
Budget: DH and I enjoy playing a little game with our budget, something like "each day we get x dollars, but we can save it for something bigger the next day" or "Today we get this much, but each day following, we get a little more..." Sometimes looking at the money isn't that fun, though. If that's bugging you, it's understandable, but you'll feel better if you do it.

Crafty stuff can be fun now...mousekeeping envelopes, thinking about decorating in your room. Surprises for folks joining you (like kids?), checking the schedule of movies for your resort...thinking about resort hopping and what you would like to see. Checking the menu for Trader Sams ?

Good luck getting through the last 30 day slump. You probably are so organized, there just isn't much left to do.
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I sure understand! I didn't know what to do with myself for the last 3 weeks! I kept checking my plans. I didn't start packing until I was a week away.

Not sure what I can suggest. But at least you will know you have a Magical Vacation!
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I always hit a slump 30 days out, where there isn't much to do, and what's left is the little details of packing.

Do you have a complete packing list?
Budget: DH and I enjoy playing a little game with our budget, something like "each day we get x dollars, but we can save it for something bigger the next day" or "Today we get this much, but each day following, we get a little more..." Sometimes looking at the money isn't that fun, though. If that's bugging you, it's understandable, but you'll feel better if you do it.

Crafty stuff can be fun now...mousekeeping envelopes, thinking about decorating in your room. Surprises for folks joining you (like kids?), checking the schedule of movies for your resort...thinking about resort hopping and what you would like to see. Checking the menu for Trader Sams ?

Good luck getting through the last 30 day slump. You probably are so organized, there just isn't much left to do.


I like the idea of checking out drinks and menus


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I sure understand! I didn't know what to do with myself for the last 3 weeks! I kept checking my plans. I didn't start packing until I was a week away.

Not sure what I can suggest. But at least you will know you have a Magical Vacation!


I'll just try to relax, if planning is part of the fun then so should being done with planning, lol.


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