Your Perfect Getaway in 5 Easy Steps


If you’ve been reading this blog for just about any amount of time, then you know there are few things I love more than a great vacation.  In the last few years, Aaron and I have train-hopped through Europe, hiked The Great Wall in China, relaxed on beaches in Thailand and St. John, explored Australia and more.  This year we’re staying a little closer to home and shacking up in Palm Springs for a few days next month, but I thought this would be a perfect time to share some trip planning tips just in case you’ve got a case of wanderlust…


Step 1:  Choose your Destination

Don’t be shy when it comes to choosing your destination.  Where have you always dreamed of visiting?  What images can you not get out of your mind?  For me, I love a place that’s a combination of adventure and relaxation.  Great food and hotel choices are also a major plus in my book.  My next destination?  Greece!


Step 2: Decide When To Depart

If you hate warm weather, then China in the summer is not going to be your perfect getaway.  Hate the cold?  Steer clear of Paris in January.  Do your research and know when the best time to visit will be.  Many times spring and fall are great times to pack your bags since the weather tends to not be extreme and tourists are in shorter supply.  However, nothing beats a sultry, summer getaway in my book.  Even if it might be ninety degrees!


Step 3: Book Your Travel + Hotel

Booking travel has never been easier.  With one click, you can hop onto a site like Orbitz and book both your hotel and flight.  Right now you can save 15% on any Orbitz hotel booking by using the promo code GETHAPPY.  Just to makes things even more simple, they’ve partnered with PayPal and now you can book your entire trip in a couple of clicks and pay for it using PayPal.  In the past, I have always used PayPal on our trips with friends to Palm Springs and St. Thomas.  It makes sharing costs a breeze and everything is online and super easy to track.  No credit card statements necessary!  (This is the hotel we stayed at on our honeymoon in Mallorca.  Such a dream and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in to this day!)


Step 4: Research the Best Spots

Love a good meal?  An eclectic shop?  A hidden beach?  Go online and search for those hidden gems.  Check out the trips other bloggers have taken for tips.  For example, if you find yourself in Shanghai, you have to have dinner at Mercato!  It’s beyond amazing!  These are my restaurant recommendations for Sydney and Melbourne, all of our stops in ChinaBri’s Thailand must-sees, and Camille’s Roman Holiday.


Step 5: Pack Accordingly

Step one: only pack into a carry-on!  It will make your journey so much more pleasant to not have to lug around an oversized bag and so much more flexible if you want to change your travel plans.  Plus, you never have to worry about the airline losing your luggage.  Keep your wardrobe simple, but be sure to pack layers.  You never know when a heat wave will strike or a cold front will blow in, no matter what the forecast may be.  Do pack multiple pairs of shoes.  It keeps them from rubbing your feet in the same place every day and causing painful blisters.  There’s no time for that on your perfect getaway!


Anyone have a trip planned this summer?  Do share so we can all live vicariously!

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  1. Good tips and beautiful photos!

  2. Cheryl


    Great tips, except choosing a destination anywhere in the world and buying plane tickets isn’t too difficult. It’s finding the cold hard cash to finance my every whim!

  3. i love the above tips! i knew i wanted to revisit sicily….so i set about convincing my husband that it was the perfect place for a summer trip. 🙂 we are going for 2 weeks and dragging the kids along with us! we’re renting a car….with the goals being: eat tons of amazing food, drink great wine, sleep in a farmhouse, snorkel whenever and wherever we can and just relax. any tips on sicily are welcomed!

  4. I’m with you on only packing a carryon if necessary. I’m not an overpacker, and I’m grateful for that! I will try your tip of bringing more shoes, though, because you’re right, changing up your footwear will help the inevitable blisters form at different rub spots. :] That’s a good one!

  5. Thanks for sharing such great travel tips!

  6. great tips Jen and enjoy your vacay next month…thanks!xx

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