Trip Planning

Trip Planning

Planning ahead. Sailing in Dominica photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”

— Susan Heller

Whether you do it yourself or leave it to a travel agent, trip planning is not only necessary but can be part of the fun before embarking on a long or short journey.  Trip planning encompasses more than what to see and do wherever it takes you.  It includes finding travel insurance, obtaining visas, addressing medical concerns, and how to pay for things when you get there.  Whether perusing the online comments of travelers about their experiences or finding the best tour company to ease your mind, planning is an essential part of every journey.

  •   The Western Wall, (Wailing Wall or Kotel), stands as one of the most iconic and revered sites in the world. Located in Jerusalem's Old City, this ancient limestone wall is the last remaining remnant of the four supporting walls that surrounded the Second Temple on Temple Mount. The Temple was destroyed in 70AD, and only this wall remains. As such, it is a site of profound religious and historical significance for Jews worldwide. Since the destruction of the Temple, the Western Wall has been a source of inspiration and a site that keeps the memory of the Temple alive. The Kotel is always included in tours of Jerusalem and should be seen whether you are a pilgrim, a history enthusiast, or a curious traveler.  Here is all you need to know before visiting the Western Wall. Jerusalem Western Wall Western Wall Basics Open Hours: 24/7 Location: The Western Wall [...]

  • If you’ve set off on a euro trip anytime in your life, you’ve probably visited some of the most-frequented countries on the continent: France, Spain, Italy, or the United Kingdom, just to name a few. However, many travelers tend to skip over the locations that elicit some of the most unique experiences. This holds true for the tiny microstate or second-smallest country in the world, Monaco, a highly underrated destination that is not only one of the most glamorous little places in the world, but one that's also extremely rich in history. Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s look at a few must-see historical landmarks to add to your itinerary for your next getaway. Most people are familiar with Monaco’s modern-day glam represented by fast cars and flashy gowns, but the country has a long, rich history Prince’s Palace Visiting the Prince’s Palace, located in Monaco’s old town, will take [...]

  • Many prospective travelers enduring the wintertime blues look forward to Spring Break to get away from the cold and snow. However, most people stay home because of the mistaken impression that spring break vacation costs too much to get away. Thankfully, this is a misconception. If you need to get away from the day-to-day busyness of your lifestyle and hit the beach, explore a new state or country, or you just want to stay near home for your next vacation, you can do it. And, you can do it without spending a lot of money with some left for that summer vacation you had been planning. Book The Spring Vacation Now The right time to book for Spring Break is far an advance for it. All spring dates are not the same. Since springtime is the most common time to fly, airline prices are increasing. In fact, they’ll rise significantly [...]

  • Maui is the second largest island in Hawaii and undoubtedly is a paradise in a lot of aspects. Maui is not Disneyland so for best enjoyment and safety, a trip to this Hawaiian island requires some planning.   This article offers some helpful tips to guide you to planning your trip of a lifetime to Maui. Choose the Right Time of the Year First things first, you will have to decide what of the year and month is best suited for your requirements. Plus, you need to keep in mind your budget and weather conditions of the island. There are times in the year when the ticket prices are relatively less as compared to the rest of the year. During the off-season, which is March-May and September-November, you will discount tickets and rooms. If your budget bounds you, then that time would be perfect for you to plan your trip. Decide [...]

  • As of Dec. 1, people who want to see the cities of Chongqing, Chengdu, Ningbo and Xi’an can now do so with the 144-hour (six-day) transit visa. The visa, also called the G visa, is available in 20 cities across China.  Xi’an is well-known for the UNESCO World Heritage site – Terracotta Warriors. Chengdu is the site of two of China’s biggest exports – spicy hotpot and pandas.  Both cities are huge transit hubs.  Shanghai and Beijing are other cities with the G visa option. While the 144-hour number is the maximum, people don’t have to stay the entire six days.  Before visitors can even begin traveling in the country, they must be from one of the 53 approved countries, including the U.S., Japan, Canada, Australia, etc. They must provide proof that they have booked travel to another destination beyond China (airline or cruise ship ticket with their name on [...]

  • There is really no such thing as a “successful” traveler. You may have accomplished travelers or well-traveled people, but being a successful traveler is quite subjective and should be left up to the opinion of others. That’s largely because traveling is seen as such a temporary, fleeting thing. You save up your vacation time, look for a great vacation spot, and make sure to actually take that vacation each year. Even though you may believe traveling to be a temporary thing, there are plenty of people in the world who make it a full-time gig. How? By becoming digital nomads. Digital nomads are those that bounce around from spot to spot, running a business or working online. The term digital nomad is open, and can be one of many different things. Below, we’re going to discuss some basic tips to help you be a successful digital nomad and keep the [...]

  • Google will bring its travel-related apps and products under one landing page known as Trips. People who come to google.com/travel will find Google Flights, Google hotels search, the mobile Google Trips apps and others and plan out their travel easily and effectively. At Trips, users can look for a destination and choose their flights, travel guides, hotels or vacation packages. Once a trip has been set up, regardless of how it’s booked, Trips can be used to see the booking receipts that provide users with confirmation codes, itinerary and travel information. Users will also see weather reports for their travel dates. There have been tidbits of Trips throughout different Google products the last several months, but they’ve now been combined into one area. A person who makes a reservation at a hotel or restaurant can find the business on Google Maps, which will show the reservation date and time. Clicking [...]

  • The Caribbean! This is no doubt one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It boasts of clean blue seas, sparkling white sand and the summer sun just makes everywhere else seem very drab. It is made up of more than 7000 different islands and each of them has a unique charm of its own. For the adrenaline junkies, the Caribbean islands will offer you the best and most challenging but yet exciting experiences you will ever endure. The adventures can range from scuba diving through underwater caves and volcanic ruins, zip lining through a rainforest canopy, river kayaking and many other activities that will make you feel on top of the world. Without further ado, here are the best adventure travel destinations for first-time visitors in the Caribbean. 1. Jamaica. Although this is one of the smallest islands in the Caribbean (4244 square miles), don't let its [...]

  • Americans interested in visiting Europe may want to do so before 2021. According to a report, the European Union said any U.S. travelers coming to the European Schengen area will need another kind of visa for entrance. The visa called the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS, for short) will be required effective Jan. 1, 2021, but it’s not known how much it’ll cost Americans to attain. The visa will be necessary to visit 22 of the 26 countries that make up the European Schengen region such as Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Americans who want to travel to the United Kingdom do not need this visa. For Americans to get this visa, they must hold a valid passport, have an email account and use a debit or credit card to apply for it. They’ll also be required to answer basic security questions. Minors do not need the visa; [...]

  • When we are at home, we pretty have much everything that we need. However, things are often different when we are traveling and we must learn to pack all the travel essentials. Many of us can admit that they do seldom forget to carry an item which they absolutely need. This is certainly irritating, even though there are numerous products which we can purchase after we reach our planned destination. There are, of course, a few travel essentials which are truly irreplaceable. The following is a list of 7 travel essentials that you should not forget: 1. Digital Camera A considerable number of individuals fancied traveling around the world at some point of their lives. Other individuals may have a few option destinations that they have on their listings or somewhere in their journals, wishing that they may get to travel there someday in the future. The truth is, most [...]