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Roadmap to Your Best Vacation

Jaclyn Green-Stock, FInding adventure

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9 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. 1 Roadmap to Your Best Vacation

      3:03
    • 2. 2 Know Thyself

      1:07
    • 3. 3 Plan a Perfect Vacation

      2:01
    • 4. 4 Researching aka Staring at Instagram

      2:02
    • 5. 5 Getting Lost to Be Found

      2:54
    • 6. 6 Go Local

      1:24
    • 7. 7 How to Make Friends

      2:12
    • 8. 8 Be a Traveler Not a Tourist

      0:51
    • 9. 9 Finding Adventure

      1:38

About This Class

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Planning a trip, or hoping to soon? Together we’ll create your very own curated guidebook that will be a roadmap for your upcoming travel. We'll go step by step together to make sure you know where to find unique and local travel experiences, both before you go on your trip and during. Along the way I'll include lessons learned from my travels, and include stories from my recent trip to Bucharest that illustrate what we're learning!

 

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1. 1 Roadmap to Your Best Vacation: Welcome to the road map to your best vacation. My name is Jacqueline, and all your teacher travel well is both an art and a science. This class that's designed to help you make every trip unforgettable and make sure you're having the best vacation. Everyone loves to do different things in there traveling. So we'll work together to figure out a way to make your time away, special and unique, whether your travel long or with friends or family. Also, I know I travel on vacation interchangeably. So whether you're backpacking solo for six months or spending a couple days in your city with friend, this classes for you, we'll have a following. Topics. Had a plan, a vacation that's just right for you. Ways to do research before and during your trip, how to find cool areas when you're traveling, where to find all the best places, using social media strategies for making friends with the locals and had a fun adventure, he wrote. This class will be working on a class project, which is our very own personalized guidebook for a vacation. This is my If you have an upcoming trip, feel free to use that for your class project. If you don't have anything planned at the moment, think about a place you'd like to go and use that. I'll be walking through all the steps with you using my Mason trip to Bucharest, Romania. Here's the class project with all the areas we're going to cover. We start with an index, which lists all the different areas that we're going to look at, including Lonely Planet, news websites, bloggers and websites, Twitter and instagram. Personal suggestions must do's your daily plans and favorite activities that you like to do , and we'll get into this more later. The road map for your trip can be a basic or as intricate as you would like if you like. Lodging and scrapbooking definitely do that if you'd like more pared down version, which is more my style. That's cool, too. To make a buck will need a small notebook like this one, which is about six by four inches and about 60 pages. They need a pet, and that's really all you need to get started. Do you also make your guidebook into more of a scrapbook by getting things like stickers, stamps, Washington photos, cutouts from magazines, markers or colored pencils and scissors during the class. Also tips and use examples for my trip to Bucharest and incorporate lessons I've learned for my child, which is included places like Costa Rica, Wales, Australia, France and lots of other countries. 2. 2 Know Thyself: to begin. Here's a favorite quote of mine. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Often, one of my favorite parts of the vacation is gonna do something unexpected. Whether that's having dinner with locals they just met or finding a farmers market. It's usually the things I don't plan their the things I remember when I was in Bucharest, I was in a tea shop and happened to start talking to an American expat who lived it. She told me about a maker's here happening down the road with handmade jewelry, make up and clothes. When I wanted it through the fair, I actually was able to have the artisans and learn more about their crafts. That is simple, actually illustrates a lot of attendants of traveling creatively, finding things off the path, talking to locals and finding what you love to dio to explain these ideas more fully. Let's start planning your perfect vacation 3. 3 Plan a Perfect Vacation: we're about to get into the next section, which is all about had a crap for the perfect vacation, which includes a lot of both on the ground and Internet research. But don't worry, it's fun, I cross. I just wanted to say a couple quick things before we get to really get into the nuts and bolts of travel planning Jelen and said it best Life is what happens when you're making other plans. Remember to have a plan for vacation. Also, leave time for the unexpected. If I see it cool in lane or tucked away cafe, that's where I go. Even if I plan to do something else. If something right in front of me looks really cool, I go there also. Sometimes when you tell people you're going on vacation, especially if it's to a popular place, they say, Oh, you have to do this or you have to go here. Remember vacations about experiencing a place. It's not about running around trying to complete everybody else's list off what they would like to see. So feel free to say, you know what? That's just not for me. It's hard first, but once you've had a great vacation filled with everything you like to do. You probably find that it's worth it now. Sometimes you maybe go on a vacation, hopefully often with friends or family. In those cases, you obviously have to compromise about certain things and work together to find out what you like to dio. My favorite thing to do is set aside a couple times to meet with a friend or family and just got all the things you really like to do. If you call a really big list and then you pare it down to the must do's you can eat, take a couple So you make sure hit the thing they absolutely want to dio That helps him when you get there. So you're not thinking the day up. Oh, what do you want to do? What? You already have a plan? Hopefully, that helps you up 4. 4 Researching aka Staring at Instagram: we're about to get into the next section, which is all about how to prep for the perfect vacation, which includes a lot of both on the ground and Internet research. But don't worry, it's fun I prize. I just wanted to say a couple quick things before we get to really get into the nuts and bolts of travel planning Jelen and said it best Life is what happens when you're making other plans. Remember to have a plan for vacation. Also, leave time for the unexpected. If I see it cool in lane or tucked away cafe, that's where I go. Even if I plan to do something else. If something right in front of me looks really cool, I go there also. Sometimes when you tell people you're going on vacation, especially if it's to a popular place, they say, Oh, you have to do this or you have to go here. Remember vacations about experiencing a place. It's not about running around trying to complete everybody else's list off what they would like to see. So feel free to say, you know what? That's just not for me. It's hard first, but once you've had a great vacation filled with everything you like to do. You'll probably find that it's worth it now. Sometimes you maybe go on a vacation, hopefully often with friends or family. In those cases, you obviously have to compromise about certain things and work together to find out what you like to dio. My favorite thing to do is set aside a couple times to meet with a friend or family and just got all the things you really like to dio. If you call with a really big list and then you pare it down to the must do's you can eat, take a couple So you make sure hit the thing they absolutely want to dio. That helps you when you get there. So you're not thinking the day off. Oh, what do you want to do? What? You already have a plan? Hopefully, that helps you up 5. 5 Getting Lost to Be Found: Okay, so how the final was cool. Amazing things to do. This section will be where you find the info to put in. Your basically involves a lot of research, but it's funny research. You're about five different types of places. I checked when I'm planning a vacation to get started. Let's look at the travel handout. My first stop when planning travel is to buy a lonely planet guide. Lonely Planet is the best guy I've ever used, and I don't travel ever without one. Maybe you have a guidebook. Definitely use that one. Here's my roomie. You can see it's totally beaten up and lots of stuff left in it. It's fun for me. A little memory book. So what I first do is I read through everything in the book. Sometimes I skip the hotel section if I've already figured out where I want to stay. But I need everything else about the neighborhoods restaurant. Scharping and I think notes on that first, and you can use your travel handout to make your notes. I'm a travel sheet. I've included the top thing that I found in the book so you can look at my travel sheet Jeb . Also included. Have a handout. Feel free to add more to your handout if you like. You can make it as big or small as you like next. I good news websites. The Guardian has a holiday travel section, which is where I find out about the cool things to do. Otherwise, they also have travel sections. The New York Times even has books just dedicated to their columns. 36 hours in which a writer spends 36 hours in a different place catalogues his or her top whole time there. Then I find Blossom websites. Travel Leisure is a great place to start. I also them in the search terms, travel, water and place. I'm going a lot of times it's just looking at a lot of websites. I also just searched the city name and then the activity, such as Bucharest and coffee places for Twitter and Instagram. You can do the same thing searching through using cash. Often you find bloggers based in the places you're going. You may also want to follow general travel bloggers. There are lots of them out there, and if you search best throttle blocks 2016 you confront gems. Personal suggestions are a must reach out your friends and family to see if they've been where you're going or know someone who has. When I was going to Bucharest, most people hadn't been there. But when I told my friend about the trip, she said her previous roommate was Romanian. My friend contacted us, and she gave me great suggestions for what neighborhoods were best to explore. 6. 6 Go Local: now we talked about all the research you can do before you go traveling. Let's talk about, Have find the best experiences while you're away. Lonely Planet and blocks are a great way to looking the really cool things to do. Often they're concentrated in a particular area. Guidebooks can help with that. Once you get to a pool area, take lots of time to wander. One of my favorite quotes is about luck. Luck is an acronym laboring under correct knowledge. It means starting from doing research, and then everything else falls into place. For example, when I was recently in Paris, I knew I wanted to wander around. The 11th are just I can't go to some cafes and do some shopping, and I happened to Water Path, a lovely little art gallery and artisan craft fair. And that was one of the highlights of my trip. Winners probably ask people for suggestions people usually love telling you their favorite things about their neighborhood. So Cuba large part of your book for suggestions from people you mean I often ask, Parisse is and shopkeepers for the best places to go. Our next section is about how to make friends will travel so you can get some idea for have start conversations 7. 7 How to Make Friends: a lot of the things I remember are the people Andy and the conversations I've had. I mean, friendships will being abroad that I still have and those air so meaningful, Ah, places not just understood by its architecture or music or foodie culture by the people who live there. Certain conversations with people you don't know can be daunting. So in this section I'll give some examples that have helped me to make friends when I'm traveling. First things first, though the quote that friendship favours the brave is really true. Someone may be mean or may not want to talk to you, but that's okay. Just because some people don't want to be friendly or be friends isn't any reason not to put yourself out there and trust me for the few times people will be a bit breast, there will be way more people who will want chat. The first thing is to be from the yourself. It's scientifically proven that smile like someone means you like. So if you want to start a conversation with someone, feel free to smile a lot and be super friendly. No, of course telling him to smile. Still not cool and introduce yourself. If you go to a place and start having a conversation, say your name and ask. There's ask people suggestions about what to see, where to go. I've got so many great lists from people just by asking. I'm also willing to share suggestions if someone says they're coming to New York soon. If you're shy and it doesn't come, actually just are talking with people cry practice. Go to your local coffee shop and start talking to the barista. It's often easier to start talking with people who aren't in a big group. Write about your experiences in the comments section. What works for you? We can all learn from each other. Remember, if, for any reason you start talking to someone and you don't feel safe, leave immediately. I only felt unsafe a couple of times, but when I did, I immediately found the taxi. It was late at night to take you back to where I was staying, where I just left, where I waas and sometimes I find that you don't want to keep talking to someone that's okay, too. 8. 8 Be a Traveler Not a Tourist: low for the beauty and small things. I love that. I found that napkin in a bar back England. The last charge for feeling at home, wherever I am is to find a home base, often choose a cafe that I like and go there every day for coffee in Bucharest, I was able to meet the owner of Steam, one of the artists in roasters and several other creases who told me all about the politics of Bucharest and cool thing to do that I wouldn't have found otherwise. It's also nice to see a friendly face every day. 9. 9 Finding Adventure: I can't believe that this class is almost over. Really, though our journeys are just beginning. I hope that this class babies strategies for creating unique travel experiences that are just right for you and travel companions. If you have them, here's a couple weeks thoughts before we finish the travel book could be his intricate or simple as you want. Remember to take it with you when you travel and include all suggestions that you get from people that you meet. Please post your travel books as you create them, and be sure to post photos of your progress. I know everyone in the past would like to see them on last late. For me, traveling is so much fun because I see new things meet new people, and I'm able to just completely be lost in a place I've never been before. Walking down lanes, curing local bands and making friends of people from all over the world. It's so wonderful, and at the same time most of us are full time travelers. I'm certainly not, However, I definitely uses strategies wherever I am, especially where I live in Brooklyn. I always look for the unexpected. That's how I've wondered just when swing dancing at the library, yoga in Prospect Park and arson craft fairs. Apology. Wherever you live, you can live adventurously and remember, come back after your trip. Let us all know how it goes when you're back from your travels. You can also turn your guidebook into a memory book of your trip banqueting postcards, photos and little anecdotes from abroad.