Vacations take a lot of thought, research and time. This gives everyone time to save enough money to have a good time. I decide a year in advance where I want to go, when I want to go and the mode of transportation I want for a vacation. When others are involved, I consider everyone’s desires.
Everyone Considers the Other’s Preferences
Rule of thumb for me is, if I have less than a week for my get-a-way, I may chose to fly. However, I do not like to fly, but I will if the others prefer.
My sister feels that Amtrak far outweighs other modes of transportation such as plane, car, or bus. I never experienced an Amtrak trip, so I am anxious to let my sister break us in on rail travel.
The Internet Is the Best Research Tool for Vacations
When I plan vacations, I decide upon the mode of transportation, and for me it is either car or train. I reserve the flights for emergency purposes because I do not enjoy flying. On this particular vacation, I will plan taking the Amtrak. There are three of us would like to visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All three of us use the internet to do research for vacation venues. There is no other place to get this wealth of information.
A Delegation of Duties Makes Trip Planning Easier
My sister enjoys research as I do and is better at watching rail prices and can get a very good price on Amtrak travel overnight. Research of prices done months in advance assures the best prices.
When an unbelievable Amtrak price comes along, I must be ready to grab the price, as I probably will not see a good deal for the rest of the year. My sister studies the Amtrak route and checks into how many hours it takes to arrive at a destination.
If it is overnight, my sister looks for pricing for sleeper cars. There is much more privacy and is more convenient. Amtrak offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food is good. When a passenger buys a sleeper car for overnight trips, all meals are free as they are included in the price of the sleeper ticket. Amtrak has an observation deck for computer use, reading, coffee, rest, relaxation and viewing the scenery.
I plan for a vacation at least one year in advance. Being on Social Security does put some restrictions on where and when I can vacation. I start putting money aside before I even decide on where I am going. I save money by taking a percentage out of my check once a month. Vacations are not fun if I must worry about money, so we try to take plenty with us. I ask my husband to do the budget and keep track of the vacation allowance in preparation and during travels.
I will compile a list of all the attractions in Philadelphia. I give all who are going a list and ask all to mark on the list what holds the most interest. I gather the lists and fit the attractions into what time I have for sightseeing. I group attractions together according to location so that no back tracking is done. This is a waste of precious vacation time.
All in the group decides together what accommodations to reserve such as a bed and breakfast, a small motel, large branded hotel or a vacation rental house. I ask my husband to research on location, prices, discounts, or rewards.
Transportation is another item to work out and research and I ask my husband to research our options for a rental car versus public transportation and weighs the cost differences. I really do not know my way around Philadelphia, however I do have GPS and with this tool, I can find all of the vacation venues without a problem.
As mentioned earlier Philadelphia is a hub of cultural and historical attractions. Some of the sights I am planning on seeing are a cumulating list of what the group desires to visit.
Philadelphia’s Diversity of Attractions
Making a list of attraction that all in the group desires to see takes some thought. According to the visitor tourism board of Philadelphia , there are nearly 300 prime attractions in Philadelphia. Some of these attractions are free and some charge an admission fee. My job is to research the free attractions versus the ones that charge an admission fee. If the fee is expensive and one person cannot really afford the admission fee the sight is skipped. The following list are the sights I compiled off three lists.
Itinerary of Attractions
The Betsy Ross Homestead
Eastern State Penitentiary
Franklin Institute of Science Museum
Center City and have lunch in Chinatown
Reading Terminal Market
Penn’s Landing with lunch or dinner on the Moshulu rigger
National Museum of Jewish American History
The Italian Market
South Street Shopping