My ideas for happy travels

I am no expert traveler.

Sure, I’ve done my share of traveling. I’ve taken tours, I’ve traveled independently, and I’ve traveled with friends and family. I’ve made mistakes and learned from my mistakes. So I suppose that qualifies me to offer advice.

But I am clear that there’s no one right way to travel. What has worked for me might not work for you. There are a lot of places people rave about that failed to impress me. When I post tips on travel forums, I’ve sometimes been contradicted; sometimes my knowledge of the subject has been called into question.

None of this will stop me from offering tips. But take them with a grain of salt.

Use Furkot to Plan Your Next Road Trip - I discovered Furkot kind of by accident while researching scenic route options for my Yellowstone road trip last month. It turned out to be an invaluable tool for planning the trip. I’m going to show you how to use it to plan your next trip.
Itinerary Advice - I don’t think I’ve ever planned a trip without someone, either on a forum or in real life, suggesting alternatives to my itinerary. When I went to the Balkans, I heard from people who said I needed more time in Dubrovnik and others who said I needed less time in Dubrovnik. And no where did […]
As long as I’m there… - When you travel a long way to see wonderful things, there is a natural impulse to squeeze in as many destinations and activities and great sites as possible. After all, you might not ever get back, and you’re so close, how can you not go to _______? I can definitely relate. Whenever I plan an […]
Planapple - With just a few weeks until my Beltherway trip, I am spending a lot of time trying to get organized. That involves not just making final itinerary plans, but also making a checklist for packing and pre‐trip preparations — things like remembering to stop mail delivery, turn down the heat, and notify my credit card […]
Anxiety - I’m feeling anxious. I’ve had generalized anxiety before, nothing severe, but I’m feeling specifically anxious about this trip. I’ve got a nervous feeling in my gut and I’m not sleeping well, waking up in the middle of the night or much too early in the morning. I’m not sure what I’m anxious about, though there […]
Guidebooks - Picking the right guidebook is always a challenge. On the one hand, any guidebook is going to provide useful information, so you won’t necessarily have a better or worse vacation by picking one guidebook over another. But some guidebooks provide advice and recommendations that fit a particular traveler’s interests, budget, and time constraints; others are more […]