It’s been a long time since I’ve bought a travel organizer, years in fact.
I can still remember wandering the stacks of my local Barnes and Noble trying to find a perfect holiday gift, finally settling on Abroad by Julianne Balmain. I pored over the book’s witty advice, perfect for my friend, with such sayings as, “Go Zen, grasshopper. Pack Light. Lighter. Really.” and “Found paradise? Stay there and enjoy. There’s no law that says you have to keep your original itinerary.”
But, despite many high points and definite gift potential, I have yet to purchase another travel organizer. Personally I tend to prefer less formal approaches to travel planning, forgoing printed materials for internet searches and friend’s recommendations, flight attendant favorites and advice from taxi drivers, as well as any other ‘experts’ that happen to cross my path.
Thus far, my approach has treated me well. During a recent surfing trip to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR), my friends and I discovered the most wonderful restaurant through our hotel’s managers, a couple from the Netherlands no less.
We chatted all evening, nibbling on grilled fish on white linen tablecloths by candlelight while listening to the waves crash into the nearby shore… still with sand between our bare toes from the walk over!
What is YOUR travel planning routine, your most helpful or least helpful strategies, tactics and sources? Have you made any New Years Resolutions regarding travel planning? If so, what features could allow Delta to better assist you in planning your next business or leisure trip?
Wishing you all very happy travels in 2008,
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