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November 11th, 2008
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My Weekend in Washington, DC

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From:mofic
Date:November 11th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
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LOL! on the dinosaur femur. I learned the skills - but even more importantly, the fun - of planning a trip early on. The skills change somewhat over time as Frommers and AAA give way to google, expedia and mapquest. But my father's principle of "planning the trip is half the fun" is one I thoroughly internalized. I think of him with gratitude whenever I travel or think about traveling.

When I was pregnant with Doran and Stacy and I were going from two salaries to one, we consulted a financial planner to get some reassurance we were on the right track. The first thing she said when she looked at my spreadsheets was, "Travel is clearly a priority." That surprised me because we always tended towards budget travel. But we did go on one "big" trip (i.e. at least a week long) a year and 4-5 mini-vacations of a weekend or 3-4 days and that was very important to us both. It's still something I really feel is important and want to share with my kids.

Edited at 2008-11-11 05:26 pm (UTC)
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From:talktooloose
Date:November 11th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I agree about the joys of travel planning (nice icon, btw). Before we went to Portugal, and before India, we spent weeks getting everything sorted. In both cases, we had all our hotels booked before we left Canada, and for India, all our trains booked as well.

We went through all the guidebooks had to say on the sights in different locations, weighed them against realities like "what if the train arrives four hours late and you can't get to that spot", and made plans accordingly.

In fact, as time goes on, we get better at the process, remembering things like "You'll have been travelling for 10 days at that point: build in a day of rest in a pretty place."
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From:mofic
Date:November 11th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I envy you your travel! I sighed enviously at the end there. I haven't been able to go on a long trip in many years. I've mostly had money or time - sometimes neither but almost never both.

I think I read the most in advance of my trip to India. Guide books, history, historical fiction...
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From:talktooloose
Date:November 11th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
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May the sighs be winds that will fill your travel sails in the future. I am all too aware of the benefits of being a DINK couple. I am wistful about the kids you are raising.
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