Using the LAX Flyaway…

So, I’m back! And as such I have quite a lot to talk about as time (and posts) go on, but first things first, a little from Los Angeles.

Whether you are from the greater Los Angeles area or visiting, there is something about driving to The Los Angeles International Airport that causes a headache. If you are from out of town, the traffic – dealing with the LA driving style more than anything – and stress caused by traveling alone is enough to make people avoid this city. And as a local, driving around LAX with people who don’t understand LA driving and the fierce, crazy taxis, we generally avoid it as well.

This is why for years my parents have relied on the amazing service provided by LAX Flyaway. This bus service gives quick, reliable and cheap round-trip or single fare options for getting to LAX from a variety of locations – Van Nuys (our usual drop off location), Hollywood, Westwood, Union Station, or Long Beach. This not only makes traveling to and from LAX easier but makes flying into the city easier.  While we may make the drive for long term travel or international destinations – for sentimental reasons – the fact that you can really only pick up and drop off at LAX means there really are no reasons to drive into the chaos especially for quicker trips, ie Kansas.

Of course, if you aren’t looking to go into the city and have other options – like Burbank, if you are more valley-bound – you can avoid the whole mess. However, I have to caution (as always) to research locations. My brother-in-law had an out-of-town guest who didn’t pay attention to this and, thinking the Long Beach airport was closer as well as cheaper, booked a flight there only to need a pickup an hour away with no traffic.

If you are from out of town, this is a great service that can get you to Union Station which can then get you all over the city and beyond.

I know this isn’t about Kansas – but trust me, you will hear plenty about that in the weeks to come – and a little disjointed, but I am still a bit travel-lagged and promise that this service is well worth talking about. But for now,

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Using the LAX Flyaway…

When in Edinburgh…

go to a festival.

From my room with a View. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2015.
From my room with a View. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. August 2015.

With summer coming to a swift close, I’m looking back at my last quick trip of the season: a few days wandering Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

If you haven’t been to Edinburgh before, it’s one of my favorite cities to visit (I’ve written about my past adventures here a few times) and that I recommend to anyone who visits the UK.

But the thing to be aware of if you are visiting in the summer (for better or for worse) is you have entered festival territory with all the pros and cons that come with it.

Throughout the summer, there are many festivals and events in this beautiful, busy city to look out for, but in our short stay, we hit the Fringe-the performance festival. Their are shows of all kind (stage to street, scripted to improv to acapella) and situated for all prices so no matter your budget, you’ll be able to find something to satisfy.

The big thing to note is that the city get crazy during this time period and that includes transport in and out of the city. This is equally key to note if you happen to be passing through the area, even if you don’t participate in the revelry: there are a lot of people passing through.

And of course, with the crowds come some issues; getting anywhere is chaotic, a crowds is a pickpockets best friend, and noise being just a few.

Still, this isn’t an experience I would give up; just be smart about it!

Also, if you are on a budget, plan well. There are tons of shows to see, food trucks to try, and shops to fall in love with, but that also means it’s easy to run through money faster than you plan to.

I know this is a quick post, but I’ve got work in the morning so to wrap up: visit Edinburgh, hit the festivals, but remember, people live in the city so have fun but be safe and be kind.

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When in Edinburgh…

London calling…

For a little bit longer.

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The Battle of Britain War Memorial. Capel-le-Ferne, Engalnd. June 2015.

So here comes the end of the June 2015 Travel Saga with the last few stops on our strange whirlwind World War II tour: London.

While we did the regular stops when passing through London—the theatre and strolling through the city—we had three final stops which we couldn’t pass up: The Battle of Britain War Memorial, Duxford with a stop in Cambridge and a day in Bletchley Park.

Each of these trips were scheduled as day trips and in panning your days, I would recommend taking the whole day to explore each of the sites as well as the surrounding areas—they each really have enough to do that and you’ll want the whole time!

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Our day out was exploring the Battle of Britain War Museum

If you are out this way and a fan of history, it is a stop you can’t miss. Besides the great views—you can see the Cliffs of Dover from the outcropping as well as visit them if you have the time—and WWII vehicles you can look at around the grounds, the new Interactive Wing, and Scramble Experience really makes the visit.

The cliffs from Memorial. Capel-le-Ferne, Engalnd. June 2015.
The cliffs from Memorial. Capel-le-Ferne, Engalnd. June 2015.

There are interactive games, activities, and read along screens around the room which makes this a great learning stop for all ages and plays a great show covering the battle. It’s recommended you watch this twice to get everything and they happen regularly enough that it’s not off putting. I’d recommend hanging out at the main table to get a great a real view of each side.

There’s also an area in the back where you can try on bomber jackets and officer coats—sneak in a few pictures—though this is really meant for children so sizes are pretty limited.

With everything you can watch/read/do within this building, it’s easy to lose track of time which is another reason I really recommend keeping the rest of your day free – you don’t want to miss out.

The one thing that made this stop difficult was getting here.

The train was simple enough, but we had a truly difficult time figuring out which bus—and which bus stop—would take us to the memorial. When you do get on the bus—and it’s a bit of a ride, so grab seats if you can!—the easiest thing is to talk to the driver. Ours was very nice and called back to us when we got to our stop so we couldn’t miss it.

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Day two had us out near Cambridge to explore the huge area which houses the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

Duxford airfield is absolutely huge and there were no audioguides when we visited. Things can get a little confusing if you go out of order and it’s not hard to get lost, so pay attention to where you are.

For us, this was a lot of review so if you want the overview of the war, I’d make this my first stop and then hit the Battle of Britain War Museum for something deeper.

Tilting Down the Cam. Cambridge, England. June 2015.
Punting Down the Cam. Cambridge, England. June 2015.

Still, there were interesting parts such as wandering an active air field and looking at retire planes of all types and sizes.

One thing to mention is watch the eating times. Some of the cafes only serve hot foods at specific times and they do keep to that schedule; therefore, if you plan to eat, plan it out!

One of my favorite parts of this day trip was wandering through Cambridge after we left the airfield. If this is your plan—once again—I really recommend talking to the bus driver. Ours gave us an impromptu tour and told us which stop to get off at as well as which direction we’d want to head to get to campus.

We seemed to be there around graduation, so a lot of areas were closed for that, but we did go punting down the Cam which was absolutely beautiful. This whole area made me wish I’d looked a little longer before picking a grad school but, alas, this is one stop I’ll be hitting again before I wrap up my stay in December!

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Our last excursion had us cracking codes at Bletchley Park.

If you’ve seen The Imitation Game you will already know some of the history of the place and how important the work done here was. For me, it was fascinating learning about the amount of women working here as well as the way in which information moved—some buildings used chutes and brooms to pass work between them!

Wandering Bletchley. Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, England. June 2015.
Wandering Bletchley. Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, England. June 2015.

This is another great venue with interactive aspects—mostly in the main building—which teache you some of the coding and, before you leave, you should definitely stop in and see the explanation and demonstration with the Bombe—the code breaking machine shown in the film.

While they do have great audio guides, don’t fully depend on them or you will miss out on some gems. Throughout the green areas, hidden speakers play scenes which you might have witnessed when this was an active war site, from the sounds of children playing to a couple’s first date, which shows how alive this area was—it wasn’t all work!

Also, there is a walking tour which I recommend. The guides all seem great and we were lucky enough to find that ours was a writer on one of the period television shows my mom watches, so you are never sure what or who you will discover.

While we spent a good deal of the day here, we did not have enough time to see the whole thing, however, luckily the ticket allows you to visit for an entire year so that will be in the cards, along with another site nearby with other cryptography items.

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If you are looking to visit WWII themed historic stops while you are in London, there are so many places I haven’t mentioned, but you can find out more by looking through The Imperial War Museum website as well as doing any other basic search you would undertake in your travel prep.

And that was our WWII tours conclusion and the end of my mom and sister’s visit which of course means the hardest part of travel—getting back to reality.

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London calling…

Traveling Lyon….

The practical parts of the city.

Panorama Place des Terreaux. Lyon, France. February 2015.
Panorama Place des Terreaux. Lyon, France. February 2015.

Last week, I wrote all about why I love Lyon, France, but in the whole long, loving ramble, I never really discussed the amazing things you can do there that make the city worth falling in love with.

Time:

Unless your plan involves getting started late in the day, or turning in early every afternoon/evening and exploring every part of the city, I would say a full two to two and a half days will give you a great sense of this city, while giving you a chance to see the sites. A rush job can hit the highlights in a day, but you will inevitably miss something and it wouldn’t be worth the price to get there. I was in Lyon for a solid three days and—with feet threatening to leave me—it was just a little longer than necessary.

Not that you couldn’t fill that time reexploring the sites around the city, but if you’re trying to get the most out of your time off—even taking your time—two days will get you through.

Transportation:

While getting to the city is a bit pricey, getting around once you are in it is cheap and easy to navigate—plus getting tickets on the underground/subway system is explained very well at the automated ticket booths with tons of practical choices. In terms of buying the tickets, you’ll want to plan what you are doing in the city (as you always do!) for the whole time you are there, or just buy as you go.

I ended up walking a lot more than I expected to the point where I really only took the transportation to get to my furthest starting points and then wandered through the city to get back to my hostel—even then, if I was strapped for cash, I could have easily walked the whole thing.

Of course, it’s nice to have an all-day pass if you tend to get tired or want to jump around a bit more. Just look at your options and see what works for you; again, the tickets don’t cost you much for the short while you’ll probably be staying.

Sights to see:

Now, I’ve already gushed on and on about OLD TOWN and what an amazing place that is to explore, so we’ll save time by saying check my Lyon tag where I’ve rambled on about old town in a few posts and, remember, you can push at doors and buttons near them to check out the many courtyards throughout this part of town—depending on how adventurous you are feeling.

Roman Ruins. Lyon, France. February 2015.
Roman Ruins. Lyon, France. February 2015.

Above old town, lies under the Basilique Norte Dame which you can access via a lift (get off at the second/last stop), but we’ll go the way I did. I got off at the first stop which brings you to the entry level of THEATRE ET ODEON ANTIQUES; Roman ruins. You’re free to run all over these theatres from the many stairs to the stages to the alcoves of the scattered buildings—just be careful and be safe; it’s all old and steep so you don’t want to hurt the buildings or yourself by going too fast.

Beyond the theatres, there are the Roman AQUEDUCTS and the CEMETERY OF LOYASSE which are supposed to be amazing, but I never made it out that far. As I said in another post, I ended up walking around with another traveler so we ended up looping back through the lovely parkways—which also deserve further exploration the next time I am in town—and up to LA BASILIQUE NOTRE DAME DE FOURVIERE.

This Basilique is beautiful and you can go in and explore if this is the kind of thing you are interested in but the truly amazing feature is the view from the outlooks around the cathedral. Lyon doesn’t feel much like city when you are a wandering it—more like a town you might expect to find Disney’s Belle wandering through reading her books—but from any one of these points, you really understand that this is indeed a city. As you look down and out, you’ll see that the city not only leaps two rivers (which meet outside the city) but crawls up hill and mountain sides in beautiful pastels.

If you’re a fan of street art (both official and not), then the MUR DES CANUTS and the wandering walk down between the Soane and the Rhone rivers is where you’ll want to be.

Mur des Cantes. Lyon, France. February 2015.
Mur des Canuts. Lyon, France. February 2015.

Mur des Canuts is a mural of the cityscape—it’s huge and gorgeous and there is an alcove next to it for anyone interested in its history, but it’s also pretty far above most your other sites as well as up a bit of an incline. I suggest taking the subway system to Henon and once you exit the station, it’s a straight walk to the mural.

Once you’re done, keep moving in the same direction and explore the area. It has the same feel of old town but something indescribable as well. I grew up in LA and have spent time on film lots—this area feels like it should be part of an old Hollywood picture—it feels like your being pulled into part of a story just by wandering. While you go, keep your eyes peeled because the art is everywhere and worth following just to see where you may end up next.

Literary Street Art. Lyon, France. February 2015.
Literary Street Art. Lyon, France. February 2015.

I wandered all the way down, zigzagging through the city, and stumble upon a many things, including a self-guided walking tour which starts around CASERNE ST-LAURENT and takes you through LES TRABOULES, letting off by the OPERA. I highly recommend this tour; you see so much of the city with plaques directing you and explaining things alone the way, great views and tons of street art to boot. Fair warning, however: this is a long walk (especially coming from Mur des Cantus) and there are a lot of stairs. In this direction, it’s mostly downward slopes but it’s worth paying attention to.

After reaching  the opera and taking pictures of the statues and whatever else you feel the need to check out, you can make a quick run to the other side of the—as I call it—central island to the MUSEE DES BEAUS-ARTS DE LYON. Even if you aren’t a fan of art museums, the architecture in the square is cool. There’s an intense horse fountain and the surrounding area is a must. The buildings are great, there are places to shop, and hidden gems of art murals that are just waiting for you.

River Walking:

I’ve done a segment before where I talked about my love for walking rivers—they are central to building cities (water, duh), so a lot of life stems from them. Lyon is great for this, but only up to a point. I went so far beyond that point that it got a little sketchy.

This is something I did on my last day, in bad shoes and I didn’t listen to my gut when I told me to turn around. NOTHING BAD HAPPENED—that needs to be emphasized, but following the river it turns out, takes you out of the city where things are less pretty.

I started pretty level with Gare St-Paul metro station and followed the river down to where they merge and back up the Rhone a little further than Les Traboules. Unless you have a friend and really good shoes, don’t do this.

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River walking. Outside Lyon, France. February 2015.

Firstly, you end up on deserted and sketchy paths walking across from the shipping ports where you feel like you might be in a horror movie—at this point you will not find a bridge to help you across to the center island until the merge and you are no longer in Lyon (Lyon is where the pretty stuff is!). On the way there are some cool things you can explore—a cool hiking path and a place you can imagine the weeping angels living in, but you won’t want to explore alone so really this is best for a group! The way back is less sketchy but by then your feel will hate you, and you’ll just want to go find a bathroom and go to bed.

There’s cool art as well along the walk but it’s really situated along the rivers inside or just out of the city limits. It you want to do this (besides the group stuff mentioned above!), walk the river from about where I started but when you reach an area filled with highway looking streets and a bridge near the underpass, take the bridge (it’s the LAST ONE!!), cut across the city and start again at the other side.

The rivers coming together is a pretty sight but really not worth the blisters, I promise.

Anyway, that’s about it. Ask any more questions and put this on the must-visit list, you won’t be disappointed.

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Traveling Lyon….

To get where you’re going…

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From the Bus. Road between Cork and Waterford, Ireland. Summer, 2013

…Without going broke.

So now that you know where you’ll be laying your head (and baggage) every night, how do you think you’ll be getting there? If you’ve been going along with these posts, you know I’ve already told you to think about it. But now we’ll be diving in and talking about the cheapest ways and the deals you can find before your feet ever leave home.

To revamp the kinds of travel you may came across, there are: planes, trains, and automobiles (your own and rentals), taxis, boats and ferries, buses, undergrounds, bikes, mopeds, motorcycles, etcetera, etcetera… and of course, those handy things at the bottom of you legs, those… what do you call ‘em? Oh, feet.

On your trip, it’s all well and good if you opt to make these plans on the fly; spontaneity is well and good and if you can’t do this on your travels, I ask: when can you? However, planning ahead can save you bundles to funnel into your “fun money” rather than your necessities fund. And obviously, whatever mode or combinations you pick all come back to what you can afford, where you are going and who you are with, so once again keep this in mind!!

Let’s give some examples. If you are going to ROAD TRIP ACROSS A LONG DISTANCE—like across country—most likely your point isn’t going to be simply to get from point A to point B. You want to be able to wander and make things up as you go. So here are your choices:

1.Take your own car—you don’t have to shell out money for the actual car, just gas and provisions. You will however be putting quiet a few miles on said car so you’ll have to think about what that means for the value of your car later and figuring how much gas you—most likely slightly older car—will be burning through. This also requires a round trip. You can’t drive your car across a country and just leave it there… unless you are also willing to pay someone else to drive it back or rent it to a traveler who’s road tripping to your area… All in all, if you are driving your own car, plan for making a circle and having the money in your budget to get both to however far you are going and back.

2.Renting a car—first off, know the rules to renting a car in the area you’ll be renting from (you may be able to drive at 16 in the US but most places won’t let you drive a rental unless you are 25!). Then, factor in the cost of renting, renters insurance, gas, and all the factors included in renting the car. Is there a limit to the miles you can put on the car, or a fee for going over a certain amount? Decide if that fee or limit is worth it and do a bit more research. Can multiple people (who meet the criteria) be on the paperwork as drivers? Can you rent from this renter here (point A) and return it there (point B)? If not, maybe you should look for another place to rent from. The positive part of renting is that you can make plans to drive one way and come back by another—possibly cheaper and quicker—means. If you have an exact date that you must be at point B or leave it, you can go ahead and book a flight back (just have a way to get home from the airport!). If you’re not sure about your end dates, look into bus and/or train schedules; these can be cheaper and—depending what mode or company you use—faster route back home.

But again that’s just one example of one pretty small scale trip. Look back at your notes; at where you are going, stopping, staying, staying with, cities or rural areas, and finally look at what transportation will actually get you there.

Start with getting from destination from destination:

Do you have to FLY to get to your fist stop? If so, start here. There are deals all over the internet (as we’ve discussed before), just waiting to be discovered. Look at airlines you have travel points or miles with because, believe it or not, these can get you a long way. Do you mind stopping at multiple ports or do you need to just get there in one go? Direct flights can be more expensive but there’s also less worry over bags or your person not making your connecting flight. Running through airports can be picturesque and an adrenaline rush of will you/won’t you make your flight, but really it’s mostly just stressful. If you do have layovers, have you spaced them apart enough that you aren’t running through the terminals in a panic? Have you factored in going through security and possibly customs? Also remember that weather is an actual issue for things like planes. I’ve had scheduled layovers that were supposed to be upwards of three hours, but due to weather issues with our first plane landing (and being redirected) and the second plane actually leaving on time (don’t ask me how they managed that!) we and another lovely couple made that lovely, frantic sprint (and no worries we made it—though it’s possible that that is where our bags did not).

Now the details one cannot overlook: Does the flight provide food or do you need to plan your own meals? What are the bag limits (number, size, and weight)? All airlines have slightly different rules so if you find a deal on one site ALWAYS check the airlines official site for their conditions! Also, sometimes big name airlines aren’t the cheapest one’s you’ll find, though the do tend to be the most secure for refunds, lost baggage, and the like. Again, it’s all a game of balancing pros and cons so really: research, research, research!

My tip, if you hear about a deal, research it right away and make your plan early; flights tend to be cheaper the further in advance that you buy them. In country, I almost always fly with Southwest. The crews are generally really funny and I have rarely had a problem whether I’m flying the one hour from LA to San Francisco or across the country to New York. Get suggestions from people who have traveled and research the airlines (always weary that reviews rarely see the middle ground and are usually just a place to bash based on negative experiences)—I, for one, should have researched the company that flew the quick jump from England to Ireland, rather than hearing later that (just like us) many a traveler has been bagless after such a flight. Though I admit that their customer service on the ground were some of the nicest people I’ve met in that kind of situation.

So, you aren’t flying (and don’t fall into the road trip discussed above) or have flown into an airport that isn’t quite your first location? What’s next? Maybe a BOAT? If you are doing something like a cruise, this is a lot like picking to stay at a resort; there’s not much planning besides how to get to the start location and what clothes you need when you get there. That’s it; done. If the boat is simply a means for transportation (like a ferry) there are a few extra things to note. Just like in flight, what is covered and what is not? Are you moving from one country to another and, therefore, need proper documents and time to move through security and customs? What kind of tickets are offered (a swift pass or regular)? So say it with me now: research, research, research!

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Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle sculpture by Yinka Shonibare. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, England. Summer, 2013.

On my last trip, we took a ferry from Dublin, Ireland to Holyhead, Wales through Irish Ferries. The trip was easy and the cab driver who brought us was great. Just like traveling to an airport it’s suggested you get there early, but when you do pay close attention! We ordered ahead and, because of an event scheduled for later that day (a McFly concert to be more specific), we chose the Swift pass. While this costs a bit extra, it turns the approximately five hour boat ride into a two hour one…. Or it would if you are paying attention and don’t switch your tickets for the regular pass because it leaves an hour earlier. The problem is, the people working may not remind you of which pass you have or mention the time and money difference (unless they are owed), even as they are changing your information. READ: paying attention to these details is up to you as the traveler. This particular company has a few ports between Ireland, Britain, and France, but they are not the only one of their kind. If you have a small distance to travel that is covered by water and the time to spend on a boat, this is a nice and sometimes cheaper option to flying.

We’ve covered traveling by sea and by sky, so now let’s move onto a single lantern; travel by LAND. This can mean—for large scale travel—rentals (which we have covered), trains and buses. For either of the latter, you can pay from place to place as you go or plan ahead and look for passes that let you use a countries train or bus systems or, for some passes both. Looking at the price of these kind of passes may seem extreme for a single payment, but you should consider the fact that, if you travel the way these are intended, they save you long term in both time (trying to figure out what kind of ticket you need for this particular trip or day) and money. On my UK trip last summer, my sister and I used two such passes; the BritRail Flexi Pass from ACP Rail International for any train transport all day, for 8 days, anytime in a 2 month period while traveling through England, Scotland, and Wales, and the Multi-Journey Irish Explorer Bus and Rail Pass from Bus Eireann while in Ireland. While we were technically able to use either bus or train travel on this pass, we tended to have an easier time using buses on the Irish Explorer as this was an easier system for us to access and understand.

I can’t explain the love I had for these passes. They were really easy and we could have ridden all day on them without worrying about getting off at a specific spot because that’s where we already paid for. It was a very freeing structure and it really did save us money. And ACP Rail isn’t just for the UK but has a bunch of different passes depending on where you are going. I really recommend looking into this site.

Again, something to think about Buses are usually slower compared to trains so the latter is usually better if you are crossing a large distance but both have maps and schedules that you should pay close attention to. Sometimes you only need to take one bus or train from place to place but for other destinations, you may be taking three or more. Sometimes there may ever be two terminal in one city and your second bus/train may not hit the stop your at but the one across town. Always check the listings and, if you are unsure, locate the information office and ask.

For those trying to travel in the US—I’m so sorry our overall transportation system is lagging. If anyone reaches out, I’m happy to do more research, but, as of now, my information is lacking.

For SMALLER SCALE TRAVEL (like within one town or city) you’ll frequently take taxis, small term rentals (from cars to mopeds and motorbikes, to city bikes and segways), metro systems, subways or undergrounds and of course walking. Most frequently, you won’t be paying for these (if you have to pay at all) before your trip. Instead these will be part of your “on trip budget” and will be taken care of (you guessed it!) on your trip. For overall planning, you may want to allocate a certain amount of money to this part of your trip, but for me, it was easier to just jot down these costs with the other expenses during the trip to decide if we could afford to grab a taxi—which tends to be more expensive—or a cheaper means of getting where we needed to be.

The exception to this pay as you go rule would be systems like subways and undergrounds that have various passes that can help you on your budget. Whether this is worth it, of course, depends on how long you are going to be in that smaller location. My family was in London for a little over a week and we knew we would be going on and off the underground multiple times a day for most of the days we were there. We chose to pre-pay for The London Pass. We paid for six days (with a special deal where we got one free day) which allowed us to pick seven days of unlimited travel on those days, including peak hours, simply for the price of the pass. Unlike an Oyster card—which may be another wise choice for a shorter stay—you get marked by the day only, not by the trip or time of the trip. There are also deals on attractions that go along with this pass, so again, check out the site and see the deals and any limitations there may be. These are the deals I know about in London, but most major cities with built in transportation systems there should be built in structures like this. It’s all about researching, talking to others, and seeing what is out there for where you are going.

NOW that you have looked through your options and compared rates and started to nail down your plans and prices, start putting them down in your Excel budget on your “Travel” tab. The cost may seem high, but remember that spending pretrip is saving you money on trip. Again, if you want to guesstimate your on trip travel budget, go ahead and add that in. Now, between the cost of Lodging and Travel, and taking those costs from your total, you should be able to see about where your on trip budget falls. You can divide this final total by the number of days you will be one your trip to find your approximate daily budget. Some days will be higher or lower based on the sites you are planning to visit, local travel expenses, food, drink, entertainment, and any shopping you plan on doing. Does this number seem manageable (remember money has different value depending on where you are going and the currency they use)? If so, grate; continue on. If not, look back at your planning thus far. Are there things you can cut out? Do you have a money reserve you are willing to tap into? Are you willing to dive in are just see what happens? In the end, these are the choices that will have to be made until you have a plan and budget that you can live with.

Once again, don’t plan to have this all done in one sitting. I’ve said it a lot, thus far and will no doubt say it again: traveling, especially with a budget, takes research. Research takes time. Move at the pace you can work at but always remembering that deals tend to happen earlier rather than later. It’s you money and your trip, make the best out of both and enjoy yourself.

Until next time,

I’m Leave on the Wind, helping you soar.

To get where you’re going…