I love planning travel. I plan all of our family’s trips. Even if it’s just to the beach or the mountains. I create a very flexible itinerary. I’ve done it for trips with the in-laws and for trips with friends. Every time I have created an itinerary for our trips, I’ve enjoyed the attractions that we’ve seen; the restaurants we’ve eaten at; the coffee shops and bakeries that you can’t miss and the beer that we’ve drank.
Why do I do it? I enjoy it and I have a serious case of FOMO (“Fear of Missing Out”). Since I want to travel somewhere and feel like I’ve experienced everything, my wife knows that I won’t leave anything out.
I also love learning new things about where we are traveling. Things that I used to forget. For example, before I became a travel agent I had a coffee at this ridiculous coffee shop near Bryce Canyon, and now can’t figure out where it is located or what it was called. Bummer. Especially since we want to take our kids to “Utah Rocks,” one day.
Anyway, because I have made itineraries for our trips, I also have recommendations to those places since they are kind of one in the same. Create an itinerary for a trip and actually enjoy where you went or what you did or even have tips on how to make the next trip for someone else or for yourself better, well, I’ve learned to write that down and share it with others.
Want an example? Here is an example itinerary to the Boone/Blowing Rock area: Example Itinerary and here is a list of Recommendations to the same location: Example Recommendations. For an itinerary somewhere, I am going to charge approximately $25 per day (not days traveling), but I would still need to quote out a price before beginning. For a list of recommendations somewhere, I would only charge $25. Either way, for a minimal price you would get information about recommended attractions, breweries, coffee shops/bakeries or ice cream shops, night out options and restaurants; including websites, addresses, phone numbers, hours, cost and any other pertinent helpful notes to make your trip even better.
Check it out for yourself: http://www.fostertravels.com/personal-assistant.html
My wife and I are planning our next trip. I have been thinking lately about how much work it is Just to even start your trip planning, nonetheless actually plan What you are going to do when you get there. It really boils down to the 5 W's (Who, What, When, Where & Why?). I took out How, because the 5 W's & the 1 H doesn't sound as cool. I may also talk about them out of order as well, but here has been my thought process for our upcoming trip to Boone/Blowing Rock.
Why?: This may be the most obvious question. To get away. We are going to try to get away at least once a quarter. If not for my job, then also because its healthy and can be a lot of fun!
Who?: Not sure if anyone read it, however I did a blog article a little while ago that was all about traveling with friends. So, we wanted to make it happen. So, for this next trip we have reached out to some friends and we think its going to work out.
Where?: Already did the beach thing this summer with a family trip to Carolina Beach. Btw, if you would like a list of recommendations for Carolina Beach, I can send pre-done recommendations to you for $25. So, living where we are living, quick trips are often decided between beach and mountains. So, Mountains it is! Now, I've heard great things about Tweetsie Railroad. So, we are looking at using VRBO to rent a cabin near both Blowing Rock and Boone.
When?: I quickly did some research and found out that the weekend of October 7th is the best weekend to go to the Boone/Blowing Rock area for the Fall colors. Then, reached out to our friends and they are free too!
What?: As in what are we going to do when we get there. Well, that's my next research project and it could benefit you too. You can have this trip's pre-done research to, after its done. Also, remember that I custom plan trips for anyone, if they are interested. All I ask is a meeting and the ability to give you a quote for my time.