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Day 226: Pitching to the Person that Counts


brooke pat hollywoodIn the past year, I’ve learned a lot about pitching, more specifically about pitching article topics to various websites. While I still find the process one of the most frustrating when I’m just lacking any new ideas, it has become a whole heck of a lot easier, which is great considering it is part of the way I make some money.

But, even with all of this experience, I still have trouble pitching to one person in particular: Pat.

When it comes to travel, Pat and I are very different souls. I prefer to pick a destination and book a ticket within a half hour of getting the idea in my head, keeping things open-ended and worrying about the details later. Pat, on the other hand, is a very tough cookie to deal with when it comes to the simplest task of booking a trip… for the following year. You should have seen how hard it was just to book the trip to the USA!

He likes time-frames and exact dates, which is fine and dandy… and very much like his personality test says he should be. But, we’re just so different, and it makes it extremely hard to pitch future big trips to the person I want to travel with the most.

I know I probably give him stress with my gallivanting ideas that are constantly spewing out of my mouth. Just on Sunday, I tossed out the topics of the Trans-Siberian train, living in Kyrgyzstan for a few months, taking the Caspian Sea ferry from the Caucasus to Central Asia AND riding a freighter ship for a month as it takes us from Australia to the USA. Oh, boy. Yes, not only do I flood his thoughts with lots of open-ended travel ideas… I also throw out some of the craziest travel ideas in the process.

Over coffee, while lying in bed, as we eat lunch: I’m pitching my ideas to Patrick.

One of these days, I’ll get it right. At least, I hope so.


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17 Responses to Day 226: Pitching to the Person that Counts

  1. Audrey August 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    I’m with you on this one! I’ve booked airline tickets within 30 minutes of having a brilliant destination pop in my head 😀

  2. Beverley - Pack Your Passport August 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Brooke, Mark and I have this all the time! Literally only yesterday I was rambling on to him about all the travel plans I’m constantly making in my head and it’s almost like I have to “sell” the ideas to him because I can jump in feet first all excited and inspired whereas he’s more of thinker.

    Can’t think of anyone else I’d want to travel with more though! *cue sick bucket*

    Great post 🙂

    • Brooke August 18, 2011 at 8:18 am #

      Hehe, glad I’m not alone in this endeavor 😉

  3. Michelle August 16, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    I sometimes have this problem with my best friend. I like to travel with outlines of what I’d like to do but she wants a full itinerary. I’m definitely way more seat of my pants travel style. LOL

    • Brooke August 18, 2011 at 8:21 am #

      I like to think that these people just even us out a bit, hey? Still, it’s difficult to deal with the clashing styles 🙂

  4. Shereen August 16, 2011 at 4:06 am #

    LOL! I’m so like both of you. I want to do everything, but I also like to plan and have an outline and have an idea of what we’re going to do, see and eat, so I come up with the ideas and we slowly tick them off our travel list. My husband is not a planner, but he wants a plan. I think he gets overwhelmed by my ideas only when it comes to the money aspect, because the traveling part we have down 🙂

    • Brooke August 18, 2011 at 8:22 am #

      I think money is a big factor. I think one of Pat’s greatest fears is to be completely without money/job post-trip.

      • Shereen August 18, 2011 at 8:59 am #

        Well, I AM with him on that aspect. Just because I have a bunch of ideas doesn’t mean that I have to do them NOW, but my husband probably thinks that, even though I tell him otherwise. He can never get very excited, because he mostlyjust worries about how we will pay for stuff…which is a little sad. I know I don’t have the money for everything I want to do, but I’ll figure that out when it comes time to worry about it 🙂

  5. Bethany August 16, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    As you already know, I see that dog you’re walking. I had to pull teeth to talk randy into traveling on this open ended, know nothing about it kind of trip. It’s with that background I can tell you there is still hope for Pat.

    The first thing that changed was when we went to Guatemala. It was totally spur of the moment because the tickets were on massive sale ($8 each way) and so I just bought him and then told him about it. It was also a short trip, only 5 days, but besides Mexico it was the only place we had been together out of the states. It was a game changer. We had no itinerary and we had a great time. I think Randy kinda learned then that you don’t really have to plan, you just have to show up and the rest will work itself out. Then last year when he got involved in the blog (finally!) he got hooked for real. When we started traveling it all became very second nature to him and he realized how much he loved it and he loved the freedom of doing whatever, whenever with no real set plans.

    So there is still hope for Pat. Maybe what you need is a super spur of the moment trip that just happens. Like a really good deal, similar to what we had, that you just can’t pass up. A trip where he just goes and realizes he is having fun without an intinerary. Then maybe you can plan future trips accordingly – like knowing where you are staying for the first 3 days. That way you land with a plan, know you have a bed waiting for you and it gives you the flexibility to check things out. Then the next three days are totally itinerary free or something similar.

    Pat seems like a really cool guy. I’m sure if you go out on the road together and he experiences the fun of no planning he’ll be on board!

    BTW – your trip sounds AWESOME!!!

    • Brooke August 18, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      Haha, these were just ideas I had — not necessarily a trip itinerary. But, Pat loves traveling and he had a blast on our USA trip. As mentioned in a comment above, I really think money and having some post-trip goals/plans/funds is one of the ideas rolling around in the back of his mind when I throw out long-term travel routes. He also doesn’t like the idea of getting himself into something “big” and then regretting it later, or hating it. He wants to have a clear goal before going, but then when he’s on the road, if plans change and he’s cool with it, then that’s great. Just the initial getting there… that’s the issue! 😉

  6. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler August 16, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I can definitely relate to this. Just the other day I was giving Scott a list of reasons why we should spend a few thousand dollars to visit a private island in Central America. Luckily, it didn’t take too much convincing. (Mostly I just had to repeat the words: private, island, and uncrowded waves) But longer trips can be a lot harder. I can see his side of things though. Us travel junkies tend to get some crazy ideas in our head and for people who don’t have the natural desire to travel, it can be tough to deal with, I’m sure.

    • Brooke August 18, 2011 at 8:28 am #

      So funny 🙂 And, I agree about the longer trips… that’s where he gets a bit freaked out.

  7. Gerard - GQ trippin August 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I can relate to Pat. I’m one of the rare guys that likes to plan ahead knowing which days we’re going to be where and what we’re going to eat or do. Good thing I have my girlfriend there to remind me to take it easy or else the time on our trips would be spent following a strict itinerary!

    • Brooke August 18, 2011 at 8:29 am #

      Lucky you to have such a great girlfriend 😉

  8. Tijmen August 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I know a few people who are like that, who need to have there trip planned out in detail. It can be annoying and hard sometimes to convince them to just go and see what happens. But most of the time things don’t go as planned anyway 🙂 Does sound like you have an awesome trip planned!

    • Brooke August 18, 2011 at 8:31 am #

      I wouldn’t say he needs the trip planned out in detail (like what to eat, or do daily), but he does need more structure and planning than me — which is probably not a bad thing at all 😉

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