Recycle. Remake. Reuse — doesn’t only apply to physical objects.
I create travel plans for my own use. I spend many hours researching, reading reviews, and comparing prices in order to make the best decisions about where and how I spend my travel dollars. I have opted to publish some of these plans so that others might get some further use from them.
If you choose to use one of my plans, do keep in mind…
These plans were designed for my travels and may need alterations to be suitable for you and/or your family.
Plans show attractions, activities and places that interest me and not necessarily those considered a “must see” by anyone else.
These plans were created before I traveled. They are not reflections on a completed trip. Those will be found elsewhere.
Hours of operation, admission fees and listed prices were only good for the travel dates I chose. Prices can fluctuate widely based on your own travel dates. Operation hours are often seasonal and may change from one season to the next. Double check before you go.
I create a list of highly rated restaurants along my travel route that feature different cuisines that will allow me to choose what I am in the mood to eat when mealtime arrives. They will not include all the best restaurants but only those that appeal to me.
My plans usually end with dinner and rarely include information about bars or other evening activities. I am an early riser which allows me to squeeze a lot of activity into the daylight hours. After that, I prefer quiet evenings and a good night’s sleep.
Many are turned off when they see that I sometimes include a timeline. People tell me that they don’t want to be bound by a “schedule.” Neither do I. My timeline is not a goal to be met. It is only an indication of where I expect to be at that point in time. A timeline is nothing more than a tool. It allows me to see at a glance if I’m on track to accomplish all that I want. Extra time is built into each timeline allowing me to browse a gift shop or stop off for a coffee without a second thought. If I see something interesting to do that is not on the written plan, extra built in time often lets me add the activity with only minor adjustments to the base plan. Having a timeline makes it easier to make travel decisions.
I avoid fast food restaurants and “budget” chain hotels unless I have a particular need for speed or reason to save money.Travel for me, is about making memories and I don’t find chains to be memorable. I often choose independently owned establishments for the uniqueness of the experience. With today’s internet reviews, choosing the unknown is no longer the risky proposition that it used to be
My travel plans won’t provide you with a “luxury” vacation nor a “budget” travel experience, but are moderately priced and balanced. I look at cost, but I don’t base decisions on price alone. I consider the food I eat and the places I sleep to be as important as the attractions I visit. That often means that a more expensive room is a better value. When budgeting, it isn’t the total cost of the meal or room that matters. By choosing to travel I’m already committed to paying a minimum price. The real cost of a pricier choice is the difference between the two rates. In the future, once the money is gone, we don’t remember how much we spent on the beautiful hotel with the grand view. What we do remember is the fabulous time we had there. The key to travel budgeting is balance. If I splurge one day, I might even out the cost by choosing less expensive options on another. Budget hotels are good options on those nights when all you need is a place to shower and sleep. Fast food is handy when you are pressed for time. My travel choices are made to give me the best travel experience at the best price.
A plan is a tool to make your life easier. Lots of things cause plans can change — bad weather, unexpected closings, delayed arrivals, or just changing your mind about what you want to do! Stay flexible. Make changes. Have fun!