You’re in Florence, or Rome, or Paris, or anywhere for the first time. You want to see everything. This is a special trip. You have a list of things to see and do.
Slow down. There is no possible way you can see everything in one trip. If you continue to speed through a city or a country…you really won’t see anything. And, you certainly won’t remember anything.
Plan on a few ‘must see’ spots. Then, relax and take time to wander around. Get to know the city or the country instead of speeding by at mach five. Whet your appetite for a return trip.
Sure, those ‘nine countries in 12 days’ tours sound like the way to get an overview. But, in reality…all you see is the view from a speeding train or tour bus. You never get to walk the streets of Venice at sunset, or watch the Eiffel Tower come alive with lights at dusk, or savor your wine while you watch the river boats along the Rhine.
Relax and take your time. Your vacation will be much better…
You’ve probably read a guidebook or three before you travel. Now, what do you visit, what do you see, where do you eat…? There can be so much information that you really aren’t sure which guidebook to follow.
Keep in mind, guidebooks are great at giving information, at pointing you in the right direction, and giving you background information on places you’re visiting. They can be a valuable resource.
However, they are not the only source of things to see and do. There’s much more to the world than the guidebooks can include.
So, what do you do? Read the guidebooks and use them as a base. Then, ask locals or people who have traveled where you are going. Does someone know of a little cantina in a back street that serves the best wine in Venice? Does the bartender at that cantina know the best place to eat lunch? Does your waiter at lunch know where you should go to buy pastries for breakfast?
Guidebooks are important…just not the only source for a great trip.
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You’ve probably already made sure the thermostat was set correctly, the house sitter has the keys, and your bag is packed before you leave for that two week trip to Venice.
Have you also charged all of your devices? Recently…like in the last hour before you leave?
Have you unplugged home electronics or shut down your home computer? Anything you or your house sitter won’t be using…unplug it before you leave.
Have you double checked your documents you will need while traveling? Do you know where they are in your purse or carry on bag?
Have you checked your flight status?
Have you checked your email for any last minute changes to reservations?
Have you checked the wait time at the airport?
Have you checked traffic on the way to the airport?
Have you placed all important medication in your carry on or purse instead of your checked bag?
Have you taken photos of your checked luggage and your travel documents? Take photos of both the exterior and interior of your luggage. Take photos of your passport vital info. Take photos of your itinerary, any other identification, reservations, and anything else you will need. If you take these with your phone, make sure your phone is password protected.
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Has anyone used the app Google Flights?
It is supposed to search many flights in a short amount of time and give you the results you want. After all, that’s what you would expect from Google.
I’ve looked at it and it shows a map with prices of flights from your home base. You can even pick a non-specific destination like California or Western Europe and it shows a map of airports in that area with the cheapest flights. It gives better dates to fly for the same or lower prices as well.
These are supposedly the best flights…not always the cheapest, based on Google info.
This app is free and users tell me it works great. Let me know if you’ve used it and what you thought of it.