Have Travel Will Prep: How to choose a day trip destination….

When I travel I like to focus on one maybe two cities but I also like to get out of the city for a quick jaunt.  Over the course of the years, I have booked virtually all of the “usual” day trips out of London:  Bath (3X) , Salisbury, Stonehenge (3X), Dover, Cambridge, Oxford, the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Hampton Court, Kew Gardens, Canterbury, and Windsor.  There are several day trips I would like to take–Brighton, York, Hever Castle, Syon Castle, and Stratford-Upon-Avon.  Some of those destinations might be better served with a few days rather than rushing to and from London for a few hours.  Some day trips are chosen for their ease to get out of the city for a few hours and other trips are chosen out of pure  academic interest.   Continue reading

Have Travel Will Prep: City Pass discount cards

To buy or not to buy?


City pass cards are a great way for travelers to save money on entrance fees to museums & historical sites, obtain free public transportation, and receive restaurant/retail discounts for a specific amount of time [24, 48, 72 & (sometimes) 96 consecutive hours] from the time the card is activated.  Occasionally, you can score a 10% savings on the purchase price by pre-ordering your pass before your arrival in town.  There are a few companies that offer the cards and lately variations of the discount cards are now offered–in the Netherlands, residents can buy an annual museum card for unlimited free or discounted entry to just about every museum.  Depending on your length of stay and your interests determine if the card is worth your money.

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Have Travel, Will Prep–travel guides and maps

I’m a prepper, not a doomsday prepper or a plotter (if I wrote fiction), but a trip prepper.  I adore mulling over the details of a trip.  I like the feeling of a brand new, shiny travel book complete with pictures and maps in my greedy little hands.    Have I mentioned I’m a teacher?  And teachers prep (well, plan).  I’m particular about the travel books I invest my money and time into–oh–I’ll do my due diligence with regards to research on the internet–but I prefer my real, picture-laden, fact-filled heavy books.

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