Planning a trip can prove to be quite a hassle…


If you’ve ever been the one who’s had to organize a trip for you and your friends, you’ll understand my pain when I rant about the difficulties of planning a trip of any duration.

Obviously, the longer and farther of a trip that you make, the longer it’s going to take to come into fruition. More variables have to considered and there’s just more time and opportunities for something to go wrong and completely ruin your trip.

I’m writing about this topic because I’m trying to figure out a trip for myself and possibly a few friends to go up to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, my home, for a weekend in the near future.

First of all, the destination has to be planned for any trip. So far, this has been the only easy part. I was describing where I grew up to my friends and they happened to be really interested in it. They just had to go there and see what it was like for themselves.

So, the destination was set. But what about a time?

That’s when things started to get complicated.

Busy schedules will be the end of me…

For me, it’s most convenient for me to travel home either this upcoming weekend or the next weekend after that. I chose these two weekends because I should have friends up on the island then that I wouldn’t be able to see otherwise. Plus, it’s Mother’s Day so maybe I could pay my mother a visit and surprise her — I’m sure she’d appreciate it.

But, along with going off to college, comes the growing up aspect. I’ve found that I’m a lot busier than I used to be and it’s really become quite a pain to have to deal with.

Nowadays, I have to consider my job (writing stories for The Daily here at UW) and my classes. On weekends, I have to report on the crew team but they don’t have a regatta this upcoming weekend. Unfortunately, they have one the next weekend. Because that regatta is an away regatta, I don’t physically have to be present at the regatta in order to report on it.

For one of my classes, I have to do some service learning hours, which means that I have to volunteer with some program and help them out as a part of my class credit. For my service learning, I chose to help out the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department on the weekend by assisting them in their trail restoration projects in the various parks around the city.

Balancing school, work, and leisure activities is tough thing to do…

Either way, I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to miss a weekend of working for them and I have the option of being up on the island while I report for the crew team. Also, I might as well throw into the mix the fact that I have a Spanish test tomorrow so even if I were to leave tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to do so until later in the day (about 3 pm), which makes for long day of traveling (at least five hours by bus).

Another pesky matter of planning this adventure is our lack of transportation. In the past, I’ve either hitched rides with friends or family or caught a couple buses to get back home. This time should be a little more complicated because: 1) we don’t have a car. 2) there are at least six of us. 3)none of my friends have resources to get themselves up to the island.

Unfortunately, it’s looking like we’ll have to bus all the way up to the ferry…

Along with my own problems and obligations, I have to deal with the plans of my friends. Each of them has their own reasons to go on weekend or the other but none of them can seem to agree on any one particular weekend.

How I feel about this potential adventure…

Altogether, planning this trip has been very complicated and difficult to figure out. It’s tough leaving a part-time job and plenty of college responsibilities for a weekend, and it gets even harder when you try to take more people’s schedules into account.

I’m starting to doubt whether or not this trip will actually happen at all…

I sure it hope it does.

The Rating: 54/100

Pro: If you plan a trip and it actually comes into fruition, that’s a vacation that you’re able to go on, which is awesome and always welcome!

Con: It can get to be pretty damn stressful and confusing planning out all of the details for such an adventure.


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My name is Jack Russillo and I’m a college freshman who just moved to the big city (Seattle) from a small town in the middle of nowhere. Every day I rate something on a scale of 1 to 100.

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