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Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Blog, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

Day Trips from New York City: 3 Hudson Valley Travel Itineraries

Day Trips from New York City: 3 Hudson Valley Travel Itineraries

  Most people come to New York and spend all their time beneath the skyscrapers of Manhattan without realizing that magnificent outdoor scenes and vibrant towns lie just north of “the City” (a New Yorkers shorthand for “New York City”). Check out these three day trips in the Hudson Valley for a dose of fresh mountain air, trails, waterfalls, rivers, and local food, wine and cocktails. Day Trip from New York City: The Wine & Whiskey Trail Historic Gristmill & Restaurant Micro-batch distillery Two locally-owned wineries with mountain and farm views Dinner in town owned by New York City Chefs See more of the Wine & Whiskey Trail Travel Itinerary. Day Trip from New York City: Heights of the Hudson Valley (Bridges & Ridges) Secluded mountaintop resort in a Victorian Castle style The longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world Sky Top Tower with a view of 6 US States Farm to Table Food See more of the Heights of the Hudson Valley: Bridges & Ridges Travel Itinerary.  Day...

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Blog, Feature, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

How To Plan for Spontaneity in Travel

How To Plan for Spontaneity in Travel

The art of planning for spontaneity in travel does not mean simply ‘planning’ to not plan. That is called ‘winging it’ and while winging it may work for the ultra-experienced or super laid-back traveler, this approach spectacularly fails for the average person. The goal of planning for spontaneity is to reduce hassle and stress while also enjoying a bit of whimsy while traveling. Teenagers have this skill down to a science. On a Thursday, they survey their possible social options for Friday night and plan to do A if B doesn’t work out or C doesn’t call. However, they will abandon A, B and C in a hot second if D comes along and offers something more exciting. The lesson here is plan but don’t always commit. Here is how you do it. Step One: Reflect on the purpose of the experience.(What do I hope to get out of this experience? What are my goals, challenges, fears, and interests?) Step Two: Decide on the basics. (Where do I want to...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Blog, Change, Guest Post, Travel Planning | 0 comments

The Unspoken Benefits of the College Search Process

The Unspoken Benefits of the College Search Process

For so many families, the college search process is seen merely as a means to an end. It may not be verbalized, but I have often observed that the sentiment is “let’s get through this as quickly and painlessly as possible, so we can move on”, especially among parents.  There’s not much reflection on the effect of each step of the process. Granted, most college-bound students today are extremely pressed for time. It’s no wonder a teen can seem overwhelmed with a tough academic course load, extra-curricular activities, community service, test prep, college applications, and possibly a job!  For parents, the college search adds one more commitment to an already over-extended schedule of activities and responsibilities. In spite of this, I would urge parents to take a step back and remember why they and their teen have decided to embark on this journey.  By doing so, the process in and of itself can be more rewarding. Let’s say for example, that you and your teen have developed an initial...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Blog, Interviews, Travel, Travel Planning, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Interview with Jason Demant of Unanchor.com

Interview with Jason Demant of Unanchor.com

Jason Demant tells the story of Unanchor.com at Sugar Cafe in San Francisco on the fateful day the SF Giants won the 2012 World Series.   What is Unanchor.com? We sell specialized travel guides directed towards travelers that want to get a local experience. They want to get around the city and places themselves, and they want to get off the beaten path. There are itineraries that take you through step by step of what you want to do throughout your day. What was the inspiration for beginning Unanchor.com? A couple years back, my now wife and I quit our jobs, sold all of our stuff and we traveled around Asia for a year and Unanchor was the product I was always looking for but could never find. I wanted to know where to go and how to get around and it just was a frustrating process. We were moving around seeing the city so often and trying to figure out how to do that. I got interested in...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Free Resources, Study Abroad, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

Creating an Itinerary: A work of Art, Science and Luck

Creating an Itinerary: A work of Art, Science and Luck

Planning an itinerary is like directing an orchestra, brewing a beer, or cooking a dish to perfection. Like artwork or science,  building it requires knowledge, precision, and a measure of luck. Additionally, the process of creating a masterpiece can be tedious at times as well as exciting. Most people enjoy dreaming of a travel experience but chafe at the idea of creating a framework for their journey, in other words, crafting the itinerary. They prefer not to spend hours making contacts, trolling through travel blogs, websites and guidebooks, checking reviews, and booking the logistics while contending with different timezones, currencies, and seasons. Luckily for the planning-shy, there are people who do enjoy travel planning! (eh hem…shameless plug for The Traveling Advisor). There are also travel planning websites like Unanchor, Spotted by Locals, SideTour, Tripzaar, and TripIt with local itineraries or planning tools. However, for those who love to plan and have time and patience, building an itinerary can be one of the most rewarding parts of the travel experience. Why? Because time...

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