Hey guys, today I’m going to do a tag that I was nominated for a few weeks back by Lisa: From Dream to Plan So I’ll be incorporating the tag as well as putting my own little spin to it!
And as much as I love packing my bags traveling, I’m no expert by any means but I will share what I do know and what I have learned from past experiences!
I really should change the title of this post to
Traveling with Jenny AND Andrew
Because you know, he’s my traveling partner and together we have a great syncretism when it comes to our adventures 🙂
So to start off, whenever we fly out anywhere its always from Logan International Airport which is of course out of Boston. Therefore, we see this view every single time and as in MK terms #jetsetgo
HOW DO WE PICK A PLACE?
This topic is not new to us because we’re constantly talking about our next destination. So with that said, Andrew and I have a pretty good idea of all the places we want to visit, how long we’d want to spend in each place, and around what months we want to go.
So for starters…
1. WEATHER! We always check what is the best month to travel to said destination
2. We jump onto the HOPPER app, I mentioned a few posts ago and check the weeks/weekends that will be the cheapest time to travel there.
So it goes back and forth a lot; simultaneously, he’ll look up one place, I’ll look up another and when we find something good we’ll focus on that specific place.
One last thing- I know a lot of companies do this so look into it; but we both have “Company Perks” which is a website (through your job) where you can go through and purchase anything at a discounted price. So with Andrew’s last company we’ve noticed that they supply the cheapest flights, hotels, and car rentals so we always book through them (we luckily still have access even though he no longer is employed with them) And with each purchase they give us “WOW points” which is basically free money to put towards our next purchase. We noticed that whatever cheap flight is on Hopper, this site is always about $10 cheaper if not more. Total win.
1. How Do We Get To The Actual Place?
So once we’ve arrived to said destination’s airport; we usually always RENT A CAR and it usually ends up being with HERTZ. Remember those WOW points, well usually after buying flights and hotels we can basically get a rental car for free.
Unless by chance the hotel is fairly close to the airport and we know that we will not be needing a car to get around during our stay then we’ll just UBER! But that hasn’t happened yet.
[Side Note: Being from Boston, parking is a huge thing ($$$) so we make sure to look that all up in advance as well. Parking at hotel, places we want to visit during our stay, etc]
Between the two of us, he’s the better driver 😉
2. Where Are We Staying?
Andrew is the king of doing research for hotel stays. He out of the two of us is the one that reads between the lines, checks reviews, location, and gets all the fine details. Me on the other hand will do all that too but very briefly.
Needless to say we’ve had really great stays at each place we’ve been to thus far!
3. How Do We Get Around?
Like I mentioned before; we generally have a rental car. But we prefer to not drive it around if it’s not necessary. So when we pick a hotel we make sure its around, close, near to things we want to do.
My favorite thing though is to just give myself a walking tour of the area. You never know what kind of amazing things you can find along the way! We just try to be as efficient without a car as possible, but sometimes you may need one!
4. What To See/Do?
With each destination we pick, we know what we came there to do…
Whether its the beach, downtown area, museums, parks we make sure to hit what we want to see. And aside from what we know, I like to google “things to do” beforehand, I ask around to people who have traveled there before. But most importantly- the FOOD. You cannot travel somewhere and not be excited to try different foods. That is a total must and ALSO Andrew’s expertise. He always finds us the best places to eat at.
And that concludes The Traveling Tag! If anyone who travels near and far and has some great tips then snag this tag and share with us all 🙂 Thanks Lisa for the nomination!