By far the most difficult part (at least so far) of planning our India trip is actually choosing where to go once we get there. A country as large as India, with as many culturally and historically significant cities, regions, and sights as she has, makes for lots and lots of discussion, research, and ultimately, compromise. If someone from another country was planning their very … Continue reading Decisions, decisions: mapping out our India itinerary
When we first started traveling, online tools were nowhere near as advanced as they are now. In our early days we used Priceline a few times, which was great for saving money–we used the “name your price” feature–but not so great for controlling the times of the flights. We once ended up with a 7-hour layover in Milan, and a 4AM departure from Venice. Never … Continue reading All’s fair when booking airfare: tips for finding the best flight
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. —Susan Sontag People sometimes ask why we do all of our travel planning–from flights, to hotels, to restaurants, to activities–ourselves, rather than book a package or use a travel agent. Why go to all the bother? Since we started traveling together in 1998–our first year of marriage–we realized we needed to figure out how to take … Continue reading Why should travel agents have all the fun?
If you travel, inevitably at some point you will find yourself starving, cranky, jet-lagged, and somewhat lost, standing in front of some vaguely non-threatening restaurant with a winsome, colorful menu in the window where you will say to yourself or your traveling companions, “Well, how bad can it be?” Afterwards, you will spend several hours in a bleak spiral of self recrimination, shaking your head … Continue reading Travel and the Art of Not Garfunkeling