This strict vacation itinerary went viral on Twitter, dividing travelers

Social media has delivered some of the great travel debates of our time. Early airport

Social media has delivered some of the great travel debates of our time. Early airport arrivers vs. last-minute travelers. Those who put their seat back on the plane vs. those who would never. Team bare feet vs. … well, most of the world.

The latest discourse — should one carefully plan their vacation or go with the flow? — comes courtesy of a viral tweet featuring a Jamaica trip itinerary with 7 a.m. breakfasts, scheduled morning activities and strict warnings to show up on time. Because this is 2021, it also includes a reminder to schedule a coronavirus test 72 hours before returning to the United States.

“We are meeting promptly in the lobby,” the itinerary says for events including a weed tour, beach club outing, sunset cruise and river excursion. “If you are not present, you will be left.”

One side of the debate appreciated the structure of a good itinerary, noting that it is the best way to make sure a vacation isn’t spent idly searching for things to do. A couple of commenters even asked for the itinerary template.

“I really need a schedule,” one user wrote. “Free styling with TripAdvisor or something like that can mess up a whole day.”

Another user said: “This is my love language.”

Some, puzzlingly, found the plans underwhelming: “Who has this few things scheduled a day on vacation?” asked Andrei Cherny, an author, CEO of financial firm Aspiration and, apparently, vacation overachiever.

Another camp was not interested in the regimented planning — and certainly not if 7 a.m. breakfasts were involved.

“Vacations are the LAST place I want a schedule,” wrote football blogger and former NFL player Stephen White. “We can agree on some stuff we would like to do there, but if I don’t feel like it in real time, it ain’t happening.”

Still others preferred a happy medium: A few set plans, maybe some meal reservations and plenty of time to explore. One user had a very specific ideal scenario: one midday group activity, zero activities on the first or last day, breakfast on your own, and dinner and going out as a group.

Though it was reposted, the original itinerary came from a 28-year-old style adviser from Brooklyn who gave her name only as Adel G. She said in a direct message on Twitter that she made a soft itinerary that her friend helped put in a template.

The itinerary was from an actual recent trip to Jamaica, she said — and noted that her traveling party made it work.

“We did actually follow everything through plus more that spontaneously happened,” she wrote.

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