JKatzaman STORY

#PTTravel 2021-05-23: Big trips - planning, research, saving

JKatzaman
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A1 It's been years since we took a tourist drive across the country, before the kids were born. Now that they've grown, it'd be good to give it a go again. #PTTravel

JKatzaman
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A2 My brother and I drove from Florida to Arizona and on to St. Louis. The trip was OK, but I could have done without spending nights in a tent. A future trip would be with my wife and shoot out the middle of the country without a tent in sight. #PTTravel

JKatzaman
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A3 All big trips were pre-digital with photos buried in albums. Yes. it's been that long ago. #PTTravel

kate_frankie
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replying to @JKatzaman @JKatzaman Time to go across country again? Or book overseas for 2022? #PTTravel

JKatzaman
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replying to @kate_frankie @kate_frankie Baby steps. We need to break into the country's roadways first. #PTTravel

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A4 I feel inclined to wing it on itineraries rather than book motel reservations and be obligated to get there on a set date and leave instead of giving ourselves the max freedom possible to come and go. #PTTravel

kate_frankie
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replying to @JKatzaman @JKatzaman I get nervous as a European in doing that but friends in the USA, do it all the time. Are prices ok when you rock up? #PTTravel

aok_NW
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replying to @kate_frankie @kate_frankie @JKatzaman I’ve winged trips in the US. I did one once around the Western US. All I had was an outline where I’d like to go, but would refer to my phone when I knew where I was going to spend the night to get a good rate. That was a fun trip. #pttravel

JKatzaman
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replying to @aok_NW @aok_NW @kate_frankie Yep, no self-imposed itinerary pressure. #PTTravel

JKatzaman
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replying to @kate_frankie @kate_frankie If you're not fussy rooms such as what floor you're on or the view -- most times when you open the curtains you see a parking lot -- prices are OK with eateries likely nearby. If you start with, "It's not a tent," many places are luxurious. #PTTravel

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A5 Saving is tough, let alone for a trip. There always seems to be a dishwasher, washing machine or refrigerator competing for your resources. #PTTravel

JKatzaman

A6 Block out days or weeks for trips and fill in the blanks as you go along. You want to have a vacation, not a point-to-point sprint. #PTTravel