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Using project management to take the sweat out of travel planning

by Wendy Riches

Recently I published an online class called “Your Dream Vacation: a planning class for making it happen!”.

travel planning classI so often hear people complain that they never go anywhere. So my goal in creating this class was to combine my 20+ years of project management experience with my love of travel and pass those learnings on!


Key reasons people don’t realize their travel dreams:

  • It’s overwhelming knowing where to start.
  • They don’t think they can afford it.
  • Travel planning can be time consuming, frustrating and stressful.
  • They’d rather be spontaneous.

So here are the four ways the class will help you overcome these and get you traveling sooner and with less stress:

  1. Get past the overwhelm and just get started.
  2. Create a budget that works for you so you have the freedom to move forward.
  3. Build a basic itinerary, then fill in the other details as they become available – and reduce the stress.
  4. Get organized with all the info at your fingertips so you CAN be spontaneous during your trip.

I’ve learned a lot through this six-week process and, among other things, taught myself video editing! There were many outtakes, and I realize I work much better from a script than off the top of my head!

You can find my class on Skillshare, and online learning community offering thousands of classes on everything from business to fashion. Some of the content is free, and Skillshare offers new members their first month free, with which you can access all their classes.

Here’s a short clip from my intro video. I hope you’ll find the class helpful and fun. I look forward to your feedback!

Cheers, Wendy

Critical Path – the shortest route to project success

By Wendy Riches

Most people think process in business is boring, perhaps even uncreative and restrictive. But it can be the key to bringing a group together, reducing anxiety, and ensuring that a project is completed on time and on budget, with everyone smiling at the end. You can have out-of-this-world creative, but if your process isn’t in place, you may fall flat.

Enter the Critical Path. This simple document can take many forms, but I’ve dragged my version with me through 15 years of jobs in different companies and industries, and it follows me loyally, always bringing a clearer understanding of the work that needs to be done.

I’ve yet to find a company or industry that doesn’t benefit when a group gathers together and someone assigns tasks with dates that mesh with the project’s end deadline (don’t forget to get buy-in from those involved) and then holds regular status meetings to maintain progress and accountability. The thing to remember is that nothing ever goes exactly as planned, and adjustments can always be negotiated.

If you’re having trouble visualizing how you will get to your end goal, I find working backwards is often the easiest way to start pathing how you will get there. So start with that goal, and work each step backward, figuring out what resources and time you’ll need to end up back at “today”.

MacDonald Creative has more than 20 years’ experience managing creative marketing projects large and small. We love creative, but we’re sticklers for organization too 😉

Photo by Jam