February 10, 2015

February 10, 2015
Travel Tips

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are still recovering from our recent illness and getting our strength back.

Yesterday, I gave some travel tips and today I would like to blog about how to be strategic and selective about planning an itinerary for your trip.

Set up an itinerary that allows you to fit in your must-see sights, but be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day. As you make your plan, note the specifics of the sights on your list, especially their closed days and any evening hours (which can help extend your sightseeing day).

Rare is the tourist who doesn’t become somewhat jaded after several weeks of travel. At the start of my trip, I’ll seek out every great painting and cathedral I can. After two months, I find myself “seeing” cathedrals with a sweep of my head from the doorway, and I probably wouldn’t cross the street for another Rembrandt. Don’t burn out on mediocre castles, palaces, and museums. Sightsee selectively.

When possible, visit major sights in the morning (when your energy is best), and save other activities for the afternoon. Don’t put off visiting a must-see sight; even if you’ve double-checked hours, places can close unexpectedly for a strike or restoration.

Once inside a sight, hit the highlights first, then go back to other things if you have the time and stamina. Most sights stop selling tickets and start shutting down rooms or sections 30 to 60 minutes before closing. Guards usher people out, so don’t save the best for last.

Going to keep today's blog short since I have a doctor appointment in a bit. Know that Dab the AIDS Bear and I always have you in our thoughts.

Hope these tips help you in planning your next trip and that you have a beary safe and great Tuesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab