No one can plan a better trip than you

Traveling is one of our favorite hobbies.  As such, we routinely hear the same things over and over again from friends and family, "I wish I could do that." Traveling doesn't require an unlimited amount of time or money.  For people who live in the United States, there is much to see that is within driving distance, and the Internet makes planning simple. In fact, there are almost too many places to see!  What travel does take is initiative. If you do have an unlimited amount of time or money, you can have someone plan an amazing trip for you. But if you plan the trip yourself, you will not only save both, you will guarantee that you will make the most out of your time.

First, understand your travel style: we are active travelers that try to indulge our appetite for history, culture, art, architecture, food and novelty.  As such, we take turns structuring agendas with careful attention to details like closing times, planned routes through towns, and museum highlights. If you are a leisurely traveler, this would make you miserable!  If your goal is to relax, your vacation planning may be as simple as finding a hotel close to a beach.

Second, knowing your dates and budget will help narrow down your options for a trip.  If all you have is a weekend, a location within a few hour drive is practical where as a flight overseas is not.  A great website to help figure out the best travel times based on peak seasons, temperature and weather for major cities throughout the world is

Third, make priorities for the trip, especially if you are not traveling alone. You can save a significant amount of time during your trip if you know the things you must see before the trip. The more things you "must see," the more important it is to plan ahead.  For example, city passes in some of the major European cities (Paris and Florence come to mind) will save you a LOT of time.  The same is true for traveling off-peak seasons and for being in the front of the line when the attraction opens.  Again, if your ideal vacation is lounging,  the planning phase can include things like making sure there are restaurants or shops near by, if this interests you.

Lastly, just go! If all you have is a weekend, pick a place within a reasonable travel distance by plane or car,  and go. Once you realize the world is yours to wander, traveling can be your hobby too.

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