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Phew! Exhausted Travelers–Read this.


By Jessica Albert

Traveling can be exhausting. Especially for first time travelers. And I’m not just talking in terms of jet lag.

Traveling requires a ton of planning and spending. Neither of which do I think people typically enjoy doing when they’re supposed to be vacationing.

Just think about it. There is always a long laundry list of to-do’s before you actually make it on your trip like: getting a passport, buying tickets, converting money, packing, etc. I don’t know about the rest of you, but just thinking about it makes me tired.

Before I sat down to write this post, I thought to myself: “How do people manage to do all of this and plan their vacations and manage to enjoy them?” Well, the folks over at AOL had the same question. The only difference between me and them is that they have the answer.

AOL’s Travel Site is equipped with tons of information that is useful to all travelers. I browse the home page from time-to-time myself looking for blog post ideas. But, today when I was looking for any idea I came across the itinerary pages of various travel location pages.

I like this feature a lot. Vacations are short and expensive. There’s no time to waste trying to figure out what you want to do. Let AOL be your free travel agent. All you have to do is find your travel destination among the ones listed on the site and then click on the navigation link that says itinerary. The itinerary is split up based on a two-day trip and a seven-day trip. It gives you about 3-5 activities to do each day and provides you with a map of where each activity is located. Pretty nifty, huh?

Above is a screen grab of the Day 7 itenerary from AOL. Travelers would benefit from this tool because it is easy to use and is based on user preferences.

One of the best things about this feature is that you can use it as you wish. Students who are traveling abroad for longer than seven days can pick and choose which activities they want to do. Or could alternate days and in which they follow the suggested routes.

Here are some links to the itineraries of popular locations abroad.

The next best thing about this feature is that it is FREE. In fact, all of the features on the AOL travel site are free. You can do everything from reading restaurant reviews to booking flights. So, before you exhaust the stuffing out of yourself, go to AOL travel and see what’s up.

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2 thoughts on “Phew! Exhausted Travelers–Read this.

  1. Jessica Albert on said:

    TGIF Nan,

    This week’s post was such a struggle for me. I didn;t knwo what to write about. I got kind of intimidated and felt really left out when we did story ideas this past week.
    I had the hardest time trying to think of topics. I always think it is a little challenging to write a travel blog when you have never been outside of the country. However, I think I manage pretty well. I just don’t want to get stuck looking like a phony because I’m talking about a place I’ve never been before. I think that is what makes our blog unique though. I think that some of our readers will like that many of us have not traveled anywhere. It puts us on the same level as first time travelers because they can relate to us just a tad more.
    Next week, I want to post a traveling bucket list. I want to make a list of 3-5 places I want to travel to before I die. I think it would be interesting. I also thought it would be a good idea for my final post. What do you think? I’m going to come up with a backup idea, but I think I’m pretty deadset on this one.

    Here’s the comment I made this week. I really liked Megan’s post this week. I had to comment on it. I laughed so hard at it, I could barely control myself. Have you read it? It’s awesome.
    https://smad210blog.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/the-distinguishables/#comment-24

    -Jessica

  2. Interesting post, I agree that packing is sometimes the most exhausting part of what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation.

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