Travel is a great escape

The last few weeks have been stressful, but I had a trip to Vegas planned and that was something to keep me excited. I was going to my 20th High School Reunion. I was going to spend some time with my mom and bringing my son. Just having that to look forward to was what I needed to keep my sanity.

I don’t know what it is about travel but if I have a trip to look forward to, I know everything will be all right. Why is it that problems don’t seem as bad if you are away from home? Is it the place or is it being able to see things from a different perspective? I just know that things don’t seem as bad when you get back.

Well my trip went well. Vegas is different for me. It’s home so I get to visit my mom and hang out with friends. I don’t go to shows or go to the strip. But I do enjoy shopping and eating. I did enjoy swimming with my son in the October sun. And I went to my high school reunion.

My high school reunion? Well, it had it was good and it was bad. It was great seeing some of my friends, it was okay seeing people that all I in common with was classes. It was bad because the turn out was rather small and some of the people I really would have liked to see weren’t there. One thing that really touched me was how sincere some people were. They were truly glad to see. It doesn’t mean we’ll become best friends but they will be part of my life.

Talking to the reunion people the turnout was actually good for my high school. I guess Facebook has made reunions not as important. I don’t know why. Even though I get hugs from friends on FB they don’t feel the same. I also don’t have to dress up which is something I enjoy. Finally I only get to talk to people who are my friends, I don’t have to go out on a limb and that is a loss. A virtual relationship is about as a good as a virtual trip. I thing it is a great precursor to the real thing but does not replace it.

One thing that was a big bonus was a big Adidas tent sale. All my kids are soccer players and fans. I was able to buy a lot of things at great prices. Was it what I was expecting from a trip to Vegas? No, but I sure did enjoy it. And isn’t that one of the wonders of traveling? You get to do things that aren’t planned and you never know what you will get.

While traveling doesn’t solve all your problems, it does allow you to step back, relax and re-evaluate your life. Now if I could just find a good deal to Hawaii life would be perfect.

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Dream Search Engine

I would like for someone to develop a dream search engine for travel.  I would like to enter the dates I would like to travel, where I would like to go (it would give me an opportunity to enter more than one destination), if I mind a layover somewhere and for how long (once again with many choices).  Than this search engine would search all the possible combinations from my choices. 

Why would I like it this way?  Well, because airline pricing is really weird.  When we were planning out trip to Istanbul, Turkey it was cheaper for us to spend 3 days in Barcelona than go to directly.  The thing is that I really don’t mind spending 3 days in Barcelona so that was a bonus for me.  The price difference was substantial.  The same thing happened coming back from Greece.  It was cheaper for us to spend 3 days in Munich.  Great, I got 2 for 1.  (Two countries in 1 trip).

I would like to know why it’s cheaper for me to have 3 flights than 1.  Why is it cheaper for me to go Chicago-Madrid, Madrid-Barcelona, Barcelona-Madrid, Madrid-Istanbul than just having the layover in Madrid?  It’s 2 extra flights.  Why is it cheaper for me to go to Venice through Madrid than to just go to Madrid?  It makes no sense.

But that’s how it is and there is nothing I can do about it.  Except, I can work it to my advantage.  I can plan my trips to include some good layovers rather than just try making a connection. 

Some airlines even recognize that.  For instance Turkish Air offers a great tour of Istanbul if you have a long layover in Ataturk Airport.  I was tempted to take advantage of that offer because it was cheaper to go to Ireland through Turkey. 

If you are dreaming of a trip, than be flexible.  By working unexpected layovers into your travel plan you might get a better deal, discover a new magical place and have more adventures.  The only problem is that for now, you’ll have to do some of the legwork yourself.

Dream of Traveling

I love to travel.  Quite frankly it’s the main reason I work.  I feel that if I work hard I get the privilege of rewarding myself with a trip.

My favorite trip is the next one I am going to take.  It seems like my trip starts before I board the plane.  First, I love finding good airfare deals.  Second, I like reading all the reviews about the hotels where we’ll be staying or looking for just the perfect one.  Lastly, I love finding out about all the exciting places we’ll be visiting.  So my trip begins in my mind long before I even know I will be traveling.

I also don’t usually care where we go.  I just love going to new places.  I think that’s why I usually find good airfare deals.  I might be planning to go to Paris but I can just as easily end up in Madrid because it’s a better deal.  Unless we have a solid reason for being in a place, being somewhere else is just as good.

I love to experience new places.  And it seems to me that going only once is usually not enough for me.  Usually my husband and I take a vacation by ourselves every year.  Than those places that are special to us, get a second visit, usually with our kids.  Of course, we haven’t been able to get to as many places with our kids as we would like to, but they are already world travelers.

They already dream of traveling.  They have a list of places where they would like to visit and what they would like to do there.  That is why dreaming of traveling makes you a different person.  A person who is walking in a different country, eating a different food and talking to new people even though you are still home.