Jul 27, 2012
Traveling with Friends, Family, or Going it Alone
I love to Travel. Travel itself means so many things to so many of us. Whether you're taking an exhilarating and physically demanding trip skiing the Alps or simply sipping margaritas on a white pristine beach, how do you decide where, when, and with whom to go?
For five years or so, I have taken a "girls trip" with my best friend. It's just the two of us, and we travel well together except for two exceptions....the planning and the arrival. The planning irritates her, and the arrival makes her nail-biting nervous. Not sure why we can't agree on asking for a flight upgrade, changing rooms if there's one better. And, I always tell her, "you would be surprised what you can get by simply asking." Once we land, check-in, it's all fun from here. Those really are my only two demands, and now she knows I need to do "my thing." There are other exceptions that include trip planning.
We (OK, I) am planning our trip to Paris. Little does she know. I have booked three hotels and canceled two, read 1000+ reviews on Trip Advisor (love this site), and considered Luxury Link as I have many times in the past. With all the choices, a decision has been made to take in all the history and comfort of a small luxury hotel on the Left Bank that attracts writers, rock stars, and me!
However, it's not about one trip. For me, there are cities, beaches, and destinations that just don't include travel companions based on my activities, type of travel style, or availability. You may know these as somewhere you have been, wish to return, but no one appreciates but you. Alternatively, you may have postponed trips because your wife, husband, sister, friend, or sponsor wouldn't or couldn't go with you. So, what's keeping you from going solo?
Yes, I still love to travel with my best friend and continue to read everything I can get my hands on relating to St Germain and Paris in May; however, I'm also looking forward to a solo trip to Chicago in August. I lived in this great city some time ago and know it well. With that, I tried my luck again with an on-line auction site and finally won a trip to a hotel I have avoided only due to price. I secured with savings of 65% during summer events. I'll go back and visit my doormen, walk the same path I did with my dogs, and visit my old neighborhood Sunday Brunch spot.
And, whether you are taking a family vacation, a girls trip, a men's golf outing, or solo adventure, have fun and rethink how you travel.
Posted by Hope Highbrow