Fear of Missing Out when traveling

I love planning our travels! It is something I’ve always been passionate about it and always hear from my husband and friends that I do it very well, which is a nice compliment.

It is a long process because I try to make sure to accommodate everyone’s tastes, likes and dislikes in our hour by hour itinerary. Right now I am planning our Paris and London trip for February 2016 (I know, many people have told me it will be cold and all, but after 5 years of living in Canada, I think we can handle it πŸ˜‰ ). We (husband and I) have lived in London before and have visited both London and Paris a couple times after, but it feels like I am planning our first visit ever to those places. And I am getting a bit of the “Fear of Missing Out” syndrome.

It took me 3 visits to Paris to go to Galeries Lafayette. Until I went I never thought the place was so beautiful.
It took me 3 visits to Paris to go to Galeries Lafayette. Until I went I never thought the place was so beautiful.

We were never the “been there, done that” kind of people and always tried to enjoy our visits at a leisurely pace and many times simply threw all plans out the window to just chill – especially when traveling with our daughter. With that approach, we have not visited some key landmarks, and I am trying to include them this time around.Β While we visit and re-visit some specific places, there are those that I have never visited yet, even though I’ve been to that city a couple of times. And that has never bothered me.

The Painted Hall in Greenwich, London is my favorite place in the world. I always made it a point to visit when I lived there and as a tourist (will likely go again in February).
The Painted Hall in Greenwich, London is my favorite place in the world. I always made it a point to visit when I lived there and as a tourist (will likely go again in February).

But I am getting to a point where I list all the places we haven’t yet visited and I am thinking “should I add this place or just go stroll through that neighborhood/market/park again”? And then I keep trying to create a jam-packed schedule that will keep us super busy and zooming through places, and that makes me guilty, even though by doing that we wouldn’t be missing out on anything.

Only in my third visit to Paris I climbed all the way up to Arc de Triomphe and took this picture, with Arc de la Defense in the background.
Only in my third visit to Paris I climbed all the way up to Arc de Triomphe and took this picture, with Arc de la Defense in the background.

Why do I have this sudden “Fear of Missing Out”? Is this a sign that our travel style is suddenly changing? Or is it the pile up of “been here, never did that” that is creating this “panic”? And why does it seem I favor repeating visits to places we’ve been many times? Is it because of the great memories? Because surely, new great memories can be created visiting new places and I wouldn’t be “missing out”.

Every time I'm in England, I take pictures of phone booths and post boxes!
Every time I’m in England, I take pictures of phone booths and post boxes!

The more I think about it, the more I see no matter what the outcome of this planning is, I will be missing out on something. The solution to that would be move to London or Paris and just take my time exploring those places – but that is really wishful thinking, to be honest! πŸ™‚

Now it’s your turn:

Have you ever suffered from the Fear of Missing Out when planning your travels?

What places seem to be the easiest to plan a trip to, but become the more difficult because of the Fear of Missing Out?

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