Posts Tagged With: Trip Plan

Losing a Piece of my Travel Soul

I have been planning my families’ vacations since 2007. That means every single detail. I pick the flights, airlines, trains, visas, dates, times, hotels, restaurants, museums, sites, etc. I spend days, weeks, and sometimes even months researching every last detail. What time does this museum close? What days is this site cheaper to visit? When do they have extended hours? Which train will take us from this place to the next? So on and so forth. It’s exhausting, but so rewarding. My mom and I are insane travelers. We shove an entire city or country into a couple of days. Would I recommend this? No. However, when you have a limited number of days off you got to do what you got to do. Plus we are from NYC, so we walk twice as fast as everyone else. We don’t regret the intense vacations we have because we are able to see so much. I never want to leave a place with a serious case of “I wish I could have seen/done/visited ______.” I might only get to a visit a place once so I want to see it all the first time. This means I need a place to store and organize all of these details and directions.

This place was always Yahoo! Trip Planner. My trip plans were masterpieces. I had every last minute mapped out with times, admission costs, and directions for every place. My trip plan became my bible while I was on the run in Greece, Paris, Dallas, etc. A couple months ago I went on Trip Planner to start my next trip plan for my upcoming trip to Europe. I kept getting an error message. I tried everyday for a week with no luck. I was having a trip planning breakdown. I emailed, Facebooked, and tweeted Yahoo! and Yahoo! Travel. They told me to be patient. The error message never went away. My thumbs up and comments from other people were no longer visible either. I knew then I should fear for the safety of my beloved Yahoo! Trip Planner, but I put those depressing thoughts out of mind. After days of research I picked a new company to use for my trip plans. I’m using TripIt. I don’t love it, but I don’t have a choice. I held out hope for Yahoo, until a couple days ago.

On February 27th the dreaded email came:

Dear valued Yahoo user,

In an ongoing effort to sharpen our focus and deliver inspiring and engaging products and services, we sometimes have to make tough decisions. Effective March 21st, 2014, the Yahoo Travel services “Trip Planner” and “My Travel” will be permanently discontinued. If you have uploaded Trip Plans to the site, please click here to learn how to save your information.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yahoo Travel Team

I didn’t know if I should cry or be angry. They had just killed a piece of my travel soul. I was in a state of shock for at least 20 minutes. I now have to print my trip plans so I have them, but it just won’t be the same. My entire trip plan portfolio represents hours upon hours of research, frustration, tears, joy, excitement, aggravation, curiosity, etc. Each trip plan had to be perfect before leaving for a trip and each trip plan reflects a part of me. They show you I love Egypt, history, politics, Italian food, bakeries, Hyatt hotels, and the Northeast. I can seriously close my mind and picture myself hunched over at various computers with travel books all over my floor or desk, google maps tab open, and tons of other relevant travel sites minimized. I will miss reading other people’s reviews on places and looking at the pictures while I contemplated whether each attraction, hotel, or restaurant was worthy of being added to my trip. The trip plans were also my first time doing something connected to travel on the internet. I constantly refer to them when working on this blog.

If you want to look at my trip plans before they disappear on March 21st 2014 please click the links below. I deleted a couple before I decided to make this blog post. If it takes you to the trip journal tab just hit “Trip Plan”:

Greece

Cancun

Israel

Georgia

Washington DC

Boston, Plymouth, and Salem

Baltimore

Dallas

Paris

Boston, Lexington, and Concord

Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland

Yahoo! Trip Planner all I have left to say is, “Thanks for the memories!”

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Israel

I went to Israel in January of 2009 with Birthright Hillel. We had a unique experience because shortly after we arrived Israel invaded Gaza. It is referred to as the 12 Days War (there are other names as well) and we were in Israel for 12 days. More information about Birthright, Hillel, and the war can be found below. Additionally, you can find the link to all my videos from Israel and the trip plan below. Posts from the 12 days will be coming soon.

Birthright

Hillel

12 Days War

Videos from Israel

Trip Plan

Postcards from Israel

Israel Map

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Egypt

I went to Egypt with Contiki, a tour company for people age 18-35. My friends had gone to Egypt with Contiki and had an amazing time. I booked the trip in October of 2010. In January of 2011 the Egyptian Revolution occurred. The friend I was going with had second thoughts and decided not to join me. However, some of the Australian girls I met through Facebook were still going so I kept my plans. Plus I have been dreaming about going to Egypt since I was 5. I went at the end of July. Not only was there no government, but it was the hottest time of the year to visit and it was also Ramadan. There were also no tourists, which was a plus. I loved experiencing Egypt during Ramadan. For more information about Contiki, Contiki’s Egypt tour, the revolution, and Ramadan see below. You can also see my videos from Egypt below. Please be patient as I slowly post my Egypt entries.

Contiki

Contiki-Egypt and the Nile

Postcards from Egypt

Reflection on my Trip

Revolution

Ramadan

My Videos from Egypt

Egypt Map

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Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland Trip Plan

My mom and I were debating about where to go for vacation this year. I had planned out a trip to Spain. We decided against it due to the expense and my health hasn’t been the best this year. We wanted to stay a bit more local. We decided on Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland. We flew to Vancouver, BC. Then we took Amtrak down to Seattle. From Seattle we took Amtrak to Portland. We flew back home from Portland. Below you will find my trip plan and links to my postcards from this trip:

Trip Plan

Postcards from Canada

Postcards from Washington

Postcards from Oregon

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Boston, Plymouth, and Salem Trip Plan

My mom and I traveled to Boston, Plymouth, and Salem in June of 2010. We had both been to Boston and Salem before. However, this was our first time in Plymouth. To view our trip plan please click below. Unlike my other trip plans the times aren’t exact, but the days are.

Trip Plan

 

Massachusetts Postcards

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Boston, Lexington, and Concord Trip Plan

Please click below to view my trip plan for Boston, Lexington, and Concord. We were away from April 25th-April 29th 2013.

Trip Plan

To learn more about the sites I visited:

Boston Tea Party Museum

Park Street Church

Granary Burying Ground

Museum of Fine Arts

Hancock-Clarke House

Buckman Tavern

Old North Bridge

Old South Meeting House

Old State House

Faneuil Hall

Quincy Market

Bunker Hill

Old North Church

Paul Revere’s House

Boston Common

Make Way for Ducklings

 

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Dallas

I was teaching a 1960’s elective and decided I wanted to visit Dallas. My mom and I had never been. We were mainly going for the Grassy Knoll and the 6th Floor Museum. Upon doing more research I learned about the Old Red Courthouse, Swiss Ave. Historical District, Heritage Village, and the farmer’s market. We were originally going to go during the first weekend of March to celebrate me finishing my masters. However, Mother Nature had other plans. There were tornado warnings so we canceled at the last minute and rescheduled for the middle of June. To view our trip plan please click the link below. I will start posting my day to day journal for Dallas this weekend.

Our trip plan

My postcards from Dallas

Tripadvisor reviews:

Sixth Floor Museum

Old Red Museum

Cindi’s

Hyatt Regency

Hoffbrau’s

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Paris Trip Plan July 2012

My mom and I spent about 3 full days in France in July 2012. We were able to do Paris and Versailles. I wish we had one more day so I could have spent the whole day at the Louvre. I saw everything on my list (all the highlights plus loads more). We had a great time even though we were exhausted. Click below for our detailed trip plan.

Trip Plan

Postcards from France

From: Paris, France To: Versailles, France

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Baltimore

I’ve been to Baltimore many times. I decided to go back in 2011 for a refresher. I really wanted to go to Charm City Cakes and Blue Moon Cafe. If you go to Blue Moon Cafe, stick with the Captain Crunch French Toast. My mom ordered a cinnamon bun and our friend ordered pancakes. The pancakes were thrown out and the bun was picked at. My french toast was really good though. I did a couple of history museums, but I still want to go back and view the Egyptian Exhibit at the Walters Art Museum. I highly recommend Maryland Historical Society Museum. They have performances that are quite entertaining and educational. The Baltimore Civil War Museum was very quick and not what I was expecting. The Flag House and Museum was great. I just missed the group tour, but they gave me a private one. We took Amtrak to get here, which was a piece of cake and we used public transportation to get around. The best meal was at Cheesecake Factory. I got fried mac n cheese balls (see picture below), mac n cheese, and oreo cheesecake. YUM!  To view my trip plan please click here. To read my Charm City Cakes post click here.

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Blue Moon Cafe

Brick Oven Pizza

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Greece Trip Plan

To view the trip plan I created for our 2008 trip click here.

Greece Map

 

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