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What choices drive you crazy when planning a trip?

Old Apr 29th, 2009, 01:45 PM
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tuscanlifeedit,

I started a Caribbean thread as I dont know where to start.
What area are you interested in. Western seems nice.

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Old Apr 29th, 2009, 01:47 PM
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For me at least, I know that's never going to happen. That's one pull I never experience--to plan or wing it. I always plan--and plan, and plan, and plan.
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Old Apr 29th, 2009, 02:16 PM
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For me, the worst is to choose a hotel, location is probably the most important thing. Everything else is a search. Hotel is a tough choice.
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Old Apr 29th, 2009, 02:31 PM
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dayenu,

Countless people have come on this forum saying they wish they would have stayed closer to the sites.

People assume (later regretting it) that by paying less is a good thing. If you are spending time and money traveling somewhere you could have walked to isnt a good value.
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Old Apr 29th, 2009, 03:12 PM
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I agonize over it all! But we also plan well in advance so the planning becomes part of the adventure and, by the time we leave, I'm usually comfortable with most of our choices. I am the planner and my husband would just go. He's happy with almost anything. I'm higher maintenance.

Of course, there will always be the "perhaps we should have done this restaurant vs. another" but that, too, is subjective.
As long as we have a great time, it's all good and worth the effort!
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Old Apr 30th, 2009, 05:12 AM
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And then there is the packing! My normal pattern is to start simple, then add things, then pull everything out and simplify again. This has been going on for years, so it must be basic with me. Do I wear the same thing for the whole time and then want to throw it out when I get home, or do I burden myself with too many options? And how's the weather? Will I freeze or bake? Raincoat? Ski underwear? Skimpy tops? And how much room to leave for purchases? How to pack so as to avoid hassles at security ........ and so on. It helps if I'm too busy in the lead up to the trip to spend much time obsessing.
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Old Apr 30th, 2009, 08:56 AM
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WHOKNEW-it's been a while since we were in Germany, but I don't know that you can go wrong w/any city's Christmas market, Nuernberg & Heidelberg especially. Unfortunately the 2 are not close enough to do in one day...

CAPH52--I can totally relate to that dilemma. Budget's tight, do we spend the extra? We're already going - who knows when we can go again? Enjoy it while you're there!

Our biggest challenge travelling in UK is whether to use public transport or rent a car. Public is very reliable & more relaxing, but doesn't always go where/when you want or allow for spur-of-the-moment changes. Driving is a challenge (duh!) for a day or 2, but there's no time lost waiting for train/bus schedules; 'course, on public trans you don't have as much opportunity to get lost, either! = ) Going in the wrong direction can take you places you'd have given no thought to seeing & yet thoroughly enjoy...and there's no language barrier!

DH saw bbcAmerica's The Hotel Inspector recently which got us comparing B&Bs w/hotels we'd stayed in & which we preferred. Overall, the B&Bs won; they just suit us better - friendlier, more relaxed, just as knowledgeable.
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Old Apr 30th, 2009, 09:29 AM
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Oh, yes. Car vs. train. That's a big one with DH and me. He drives, so I prefer a car. He drives, so he prefers train. I hate bathrooms on trains.

Another is plane vs. train for longer distances. I love the cheap intraEurope airlines. He hates having to go to the airport, wait in lines, etc. and prefers trains so with us it's not even a matter of total amount of time, we have to factor in a sort of fudge factor of "convenience"
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