Just 155 miles from the bright lights and revolving freak shows of Las Vegas lies another place that seems to spring up from the desert out of nowhere. Leaving Las Vegas on HWY 15 at 80 miles-per-hour, passing through empty desert just like the land upon which the big city was built, a sort of time-warp occurs. Continue Reading →
As some of you regular followers of IndependentTravelPlanning.com may have noticed, it’s been a while since any new content has turned up on the site. I decided to focus on my own travels over the last two weeks, both to recharge the batteries and to do some thinking.
One of the great things about travel is that removing oneself from the normal routine of life gives perspective to the habits formed over time. For me, it was an opportunity to recognize how wonderful a day unplanned can be. I had a couple of those and also allowed my mind to do some idling. By the end of my trip, I found myself coming up with fresh ideas for a business plan I’ve been working on and some thoughts about the direction of Independent Travel Planning.
My trip also coincided with Thanksgiving, so in the idle moments I had lots of time to think about all the things for which I’m thankful. As it relates to this website, I’m thankful for good health, a flexible work schedule, solid finances, and a beautiful travel partner, all of which make travel adventures fun and frequent. I’m also thankful to have the opportunity to share my experiences with friends new and old, family, and my growing readership.
Keep an eye out for lots of new content coming in the next few months!
Your independent travel planner,
There’s no denying that we live in the age of instant information. Gone are the days of dusting off gigantic volumes of the encyclopedia and the Dewey decimal system, and in its place has come the internet. To the savvy internet researcher, most every bit of knowledge can be revealed, and yet, the internet comes with its own Achilles heel.
While traveling, more than at any other time, this weakness shows itself in the form of spotty WiFi connections, complicated logins, and the myriad data service providers and their complicated sim cards, international plans, roaming charges, etc. Here, we will explore some basic options for overcoming limited connection to the internet while traveling and also “the golden rule of internet on the go.” Continue Reading →
As I was preparing airline reservations for a client this week, I was reminded yet again how important it is to plan ahead. Sometimes just looking past the coming weekend can be challenging enough, but if you want good selection and a budget price-point (or award availability), extra lead time is the most precious commodity. Well then, you might ask, how much lead time is enough? Here are some good rules of thumb: Continue Reading →