I am a planner & Husband is not

Mar 28th, 2002, 07:27 PM
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Those "spontaneous" ones who've responded here have not mentioned one of the negatives of winging it: You have to spend TIME looking for a place stay, which could takes hours that you could be spending enjoying where you are instead of looking for a place to stay!
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 07:33 PM
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What about making some reservations as a "safety net" at business hotels (radisson SAS etc.). They're more expensive, and may not be as charming as a small boutique hotel, but you can usually cancel reservations up to 6pm the day you're supposed to arrive. So, if you find a nicer hotel or change your itinerary at the last minute, you can cancel with no penalty. Then again, if you don't find anywhere nicer, you have a (usually nice) room to stay in.
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 08:38 PM
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I used to be a totally 'wing it' or is that 'wing ding' kind of guy, but I have come to realise that it is not the '70's anymore. Two years ago, due to plane/train/tube/train kind of problems, we arrived in Cambridge from the west coast of Canada half an hour after the tourist info had closed. The Duxford air show was on so every hotel we could walk to was full. We had a choice of £160 with spa or a WMCA double room. After that I promised Dor that if we did not have wheels, we would have reservations. Last year we went to Paris first and had reservations. Due to plane/lost luggage/etc we were in the taxi rank at 11:30 pm. Thankfully the hotel (Castex as mentioned) left the light on for us. The next stop (by train) was also booked. From there on we had wheels so no bookings. In more rural areas it takes no time at all to follow the signs to the train station and find either the tourist bureau or the street lined with hotels. If nothing is of interest the next town is only a few miles away. For major destinations such as London. Paris,Venice etc I would recomend reservations if travelling between May and Sept.
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 09:06 PM
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I got around this by doing the research anyway. I search for hotels in all the possible locations we might be at a particular time. Made a list. Took the list with us. Then, two days before we might arrive at a particular location, I called for availability. That way, we had the spontaniety of several possible location, plus the reassurance that I found a good price in a good location without endless wandering. Once on the trip, my husband was actually relieved that I had done the planning because after spending one night "looking" for a good place, he was happy not to have to do it again.
 
Mar 28th, 2002, 10:01 PM
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These posts represent another nail in the coffin for the 'travel by train' lobby.
To get flexibility of choice plus freedom from worry about finding accommodation hire a car.
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Mar 29th, 2002, 03:15 AM
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My problem with the 'flexible' route, even by car, is that I have yet to find the proper amphibious vehicle that will drive us home back across the Atlantic.

In other words, sooner or later we have to get to the point of flight departure.

We space our stops close enough together so that we have a little spontaneity BETWEEN places, but if we don't want to rush the pace of our route (which I HATE), then we don't have the luxury of spontaneously deciding how long we'll be staying in a given place. Our average sojourn is about 2 nights (more in big cities, maybe only an overnight for a village) so it's not like we're making a big commitment, even pre-booked.

I can conceive of going for the 'flexible' route if I lived in Europe.
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 05:51 AM
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this thread keeps getting better and better
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 07:40 AM
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OK...what does everyone think of this compromise. Book hotels in Lake Como area, Venice, and first night in Siena in which we are renting a car and then for the next 4 or 5 days wing it in the small hill towns in Tuscany. Or does everyone think it will be as difficult in the smaller towns.

Oh and by the way thanks for all your responses...it has been great help.
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 07:45 AM
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My husband isn't a planner either but when it comes down to making a decision he looks to me. So I'm sure we'd get stuck in a town and it would be my responsibility to find someplace to stay. So I make reservations and have everything in place before we leave so my vacation is enjoyable. If your husband will take the responsibility to find the hotels when you get there then go ahead and not plan but do what's best for you so you have a good time.
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 09:11 AM
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Wow, Sue--you hit the nail on the head. We tried the spontaneous route a few times, thinking we were still kids (one time walked around the 5th and 6th in Paris all day until we found a vacancy). Then we modified the concept a bit by taking a Logis de France book and calling ahead each day, but I never felt comfortable traveling that way. The last few years, we planned ahead and I really enjoyed knowing where we were going and where we were staying, allowing us to spend all our time on the trip just enjoying. We were able to explore at our leisure on the way to the next town, knowing we had a place to lay our heads that night. But now I realize that one of the reasons I didn't like spontaneity was that I had to do all the finding and dealing with hotels. The added stress was not my cup of tea.
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 10:29 AM
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Capo - what was the name of the charming little hotel you stayed at in Sorrento - sounds like just what I am looking for.
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 11:10 AM
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Shannon, your compromise is almost the same as ours. We've made reservations in the larger cities -- Venice, Rome, and Nice -- are going to wing it in Tuscany for 4-5 nights, and are debating winging it in Cinqueterre.

I should've added, in my long post above, that it's been a long time since I decided to wing it for every night on a trip. In fact, on my last three trips -- two of them to individual cities, Barcelona & Rome -- I've made reservations for the entire stay (except for the one night in Sorrento.) But whenever I have decided to find a place spontaneously, I've always found one for a reasonable price without spending all that much time looking. To me, the relatively small amount of time spent looking for a place has been more than offset by the benefit of flexibility.


Barb, the hotel we stayed at in Sorrento is called the Hotel Astoria. "Charming" is somewhat in the eye of the beholder. We thought it was wonderful because of the price (about $65 for a double with a private bath) and the location on a narrow street right in the heart of Sorrento's old town.

Unfortunately, they don't have a website, and I couldn't find a phone number for them either (but I'm sure you could somewhere.) What I did find was a brief decription and a couple photos of the entrance on the website below. Wherever you decide to stay, I'm sure that you'll love Sorrento.

(Note: URL split in half...paste together)

http://www.thefirstresort.com/destinationguides/accommodationinfo.asp?

location_code=3274&accom_unit_code=EU_27_06_02_40&tour_operator_code=TH&brochure_code=TH69
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 11:48 AM
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Thanks Capo, I will try to find an email or phone number. I think it would be perfect for what I want. I do love Sorrento!
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 12:00 PM
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You should book. It's high season. I've had some success with no booking, back when I was a student and fresh from studying italian (so I made reservations over the phone), however it is difficult and your italian better be strong. Also, I would call from the city I was at to the city I was going to (one day ahead of time). This was in Spring.
 
Mar 29th, 2002, 01:50 PM
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