Now for some brutal honesty…
I am clearly obsessed with planning, as can be illustrated simply by the existence of this blog. But I don’t think anyone really knows how far the obsession goes. Full disclosure–I’m planning on making my own travel book.
I already have several pages of notes for every part of this trip, and I’ve started a table in one of the documents (all organized in my Travel Plans folder on my Mac) that lists all of the places we want to go, as well as important information such as when that attractions is open, how much it costs and if it is covered by any day passes, with notes about other places that would be convenient to visit on the same day. It is an OCD masterpiece work-in-progress. In addition to this, I’m also including maps I’ve found to be helpful–maps of different neighborhoods that I will cut and paste from the internet, or literally cut and paste from my guidebooks, all to be included in the Master Vacation Planning Guide (I’m sure I’ll devote an entire blog post or two to said Guide, once it is completed.) I plan to have the guide copied–one for me and one for my husband–and spiral bound at my local Staples. I’m thinking about adding pages for notes, so that I can have an all-in-one travel guide and journal. Ok, who am I kidding? I am going to do that. And I’m super excited about it.
Currently I’ve been looking up what I consider to be the hands-down most practical information for any traveler–and if you are reading this as someone who knows me, you certainly can guess what this information is. I’ll give you a second to think about it. Got it? Good. If you guessed ‘where the restrooms are’, you are absolutely correct!
I’ve found so many great online resources for Paris, but most are in list form and I don’t really feel like weeding through them right now–or adding another column to my crazy Paris Attractions Table of Fun. But without a doubt the best resource I’ve found so far is this map, the London Tube Toilets Map, part of which is pictured below, and is available to save as a PDF file. You can bet this is going in my DIY travel book.
I love that this map exists, and only wish that I could find one for Paris–though I did find a similar version, but it was an eBook that cost 2.5 Euros, and this website, put out by the mayor’s office (why can’t NYC be this pee-friendly?). But I did happen upon something even more amazing–something called The National Public Toilet Map, a website (and iPhone app) created by the (I’m not kidding here) Government of Austrailia. It lists every single public restroom in Australia. I think I know where we’re going on our next vacation.
Just kidding. But only kind of.