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Travel Planning Pitfalls and How To Avoid Them

I get more and more clients wanting US travel planning help. I’ll be honest. I thought for years that the bulk of my clients would want help with International travel because it’s more complicated. I’ve been proven wrong again!

International travel has it’s quarks. But, so does domestic travel. Things like train and bus routes, river cruises, great eats, things to do and things not to do are the first things to come to mind.

Domestic travel can be just as complicated as international travel. Yes, maybe you can jump in your car and drive there. But, planning where to stay, things to do and the easiest way to get around can be challenging I guess. I’ve been that person that jumped in my car, drove 14 hours and crossed my fingers that I’d have a place to stay when I get there. It didn’t turn out so well. It ended up with me crying in a parking lot. I cannot recommend taking this approach. At the very least, have a hotel reservation that has a cancellation option available.

Think of the fun things you’d like to do to cure your boredom. Whitewater rafting, ziplining, kayaking and rock climbing are great activities. If just being a beach bum is up your alley, we have that here in the US too, pick a coast! Depending on the time of year, you can find excellent vacations all over the United States. Did you know that California is not the only state that has wine country? There are a lot of other great states with wineries, but just maybe not as well known.

Let me just share another story with you. A car full of friends piled into a car with me beach bound. As if I hadn’t learned enough through the school of hard knocks already, I did it again. We drove 13 hours to find the only affordable room left had a urinal cake in the pool and a door that barely shut, let alone locked. A little planning would have gone a long way on this.

If you know you want to go to California, but aren’t sure what you’re looking for when you get there, there is good news. First, are there any awesome events you’d like to hit up, like a festival? How about private tours that book up well in advanced, like at a top winery?

If you don’t have time to plan your trip properly, don’t scratch it all together. Hire a professional travel planner that can assist you in finding a great place to stay based on your interests. Even if there’s nothing left at your top 3 destinations, they may have some great suggestions of great places to go based on the things you’re looking for.

So, when you’re thinking about a last minute domestic vacation, look to a professional to help you plan the trip of a lifetime!

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