Planning Resources

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Planning for Portugal: Step 3 – Considering Our Objectives

After deciding we wanted to spend our 16 days in Portugal, Christian and I started to think about what we wanted out of our trip. So far, our main objectives have boiled down to the following: Melissa will be working in Lisbon, Portugal during the […]

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3 Days in Kuala Lampur: My Malaysia Itinerary

In Southeast Asia, Marie and I spent a total of 3.5 days in Kuala Lampur (KL). If we had more time, I would have liked to explore the rest of Malaysia and take a few day trips around the country. I know there are plenty […]

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Planning for Portugal: Step 2 – Choosing a Destination

It’s time for Step 2 of the Planning for Portugal series: “decide where I’m going and for how long.” This is where I explain why CK and I have decided to spend all 16 days of our October vacation in Portugal! We knew there were […]

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Planning Group Travel: HOPE Goes to Norway (Steps 1-3)

Next May, I’ll be leading a group of around 10 people on a week-long trip to Norway – all as part of my job! I currently work as the Mentoring Director for an undergraduate based program (HOPE) which trains college students to mentor juveniles who […]

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Planning for Portugal: Step 1

I am currently planning a trip to 2.5 week trip to Portugal this early October and I thought I’d start sharing the planning as it unfolds to show you my process. In an earlier post, I outlined my 6 steps for building an itinerary. I will […]

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Packing for Netherlands and Belgium

Packing for this trip was fairly straight-forward. It was two weeks during the summer in Northern Europe and I would be staying with friends on both legs of my international flights, so I could do laundry, grab items I’d forgotten, or borrow clothes if needed. […]

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6 Ways to Save in Amsterdam & Belgium

Amsterdam is not an inexpensive city, and Belgium didn’t do my wallet many favors either.  To be fair, I didn’t make a huge effort to pinch pennies but checking my bank account on the tail end of the trip was a bit jarring. Reflecting on […]

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How Accessible Are Netherlands and Belgium?

Reflecting on my time in Netherlands and Belgium, I noted a few things that made it particularly easy to navigate and a few factors that could potentially make backpacking this region a bit more difficult. Disclaimer: This list is far from all-encompassing in terms of […]

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Pinterest for Planning

While many people are probably aware of Pinterest already, I would be remiss if I didn’t include it in my posts on planning for a trip. I’ve been using Pinterest for about seven years now for lots of different things (cooking, crafting, exercise, room decorating) […]

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Six Steps to Pack the Perfect Suitcase

Whether you’re the type of person to throw all your things together in a suitcase an hour before heading to the airport or the type who labors over every item anxious to forget something important, packing can be a stressful challenge. Here are six steps to packing your bags […]