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I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. ~Oscar Wilde
Most of the time I like to stay in apartments while I’m traveling. I prefer having kitchen access and a washing machine. Sometimes I like having a flatmate or two, sometimes not. One thing is constant, though, I don’t like hotels. Usually.
I have found one exception. I keep finding myself drawn to luxury resorts. I think it corresponds to my recent choice to make sure I take real vacations. As someone who travels as part of her lifestyle, it’s easy to let “vacations” fall by the wayside. My current plan is to take a week off in months with an extra payday, which works out to four week long vacations a year.
While I’m not someone who looks for the cheapest option in any situation, I don’t like to spend tons of money when it’s not necessary. So, when I came across a Twitter ad from Sheradill, I was curious. At first looked a lot like those Earn Credits for Spending Time on the Internet sites that I used when I was much younger and quite broke, before I realized what a waste of time they really are.
I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure. ~Mae West
In the name of research (and rampant curiosity) I decided to sign up and poke around anyway. Turns out, Sheradill is a marketing vehicle for the Hip Hotels Group. They create “deals” at several of their properties, ranging from weekend, to short and long breaks, where you can get up to 90% off the list price. You can search by country, month, or length of stay.
When I first started solo traveling long term, I had very little information about how it would all work. I’m pretty good a planning so I laid out what I could and then took off. If you want to look at pieces of that story, my old blog The Social Caterpillar is now in ebook form, available here. Looking back, there are so many questions I could have asked and instead learned the answers as I went.
If you’re looking at a solo trip or long term travel and feel overwhelmed, I get it. It’s a lot to think about all at once. That’s why I’ve set aside time to talk to you. You can set up a 15 minute call with me to go over your biggest questions, and you can send the questions in advance so I can think about them ahead of time. That way, we can dive right in and not waste any of our precious time together.
- Have you been thinking about taking off on a trip, but wonder…
- What will I do with all my stuff?
- What should I take with me?
- Where will I stay?
- Where will I go?
- How will I make money?
- How will I _______?
There are so many questions. And everyone’s answers are different. That’s why I won’t just tell you what to do, but help you figure out what works for you.
Curious? Start Here.
Trip Planning with Pinterest
Pinterest is a fabulous search engine, especially for those of us who are visual people. With the added benefit of being able to store what we find in designated spaces, it’s the perfect tool for trip planning.
If you don’t already have an account, it’s time to open one. Once that’s done, go ahead and start a board for your trip. If it makes you more comfortable, keep it secret, but either way, turn on mapping.
Now, where are you going? Pick a place, any place! Good. Now, whenever I write (location) you’ll use your destination. Alright, lets get started with the actual trip planning.