I leave for Hong Kong and Tokyo in about a week and a half and before I start flooding my feed with travel pics, I wanted to share some insight into what goes on in my brain while planning a trip and figuring out how to make a seemingly unrealistic multi-country trip fit in my budget.
This upcoming trip, like all the ones I have planned in my last two or so years of being travel obsessed started from random browsing. I was staying at my Grandma’s house in December when I first moved to LA as I waited for my stuff to get shipped from NY. One night I just started planning a fake vacation in my head to visit my friend Sam who is living in Hong Kong and then going to Tokyo, which I thought was nearby but is actually 4 hours away. I picked a range of possible dates I was into, and started plugging them into Kayak. I was pretty open since I would be taking my vacation days at work and have paid vacation days that don’t roll over, so what could be more motivation. Below I break down how I plan where to go, when to go, where to stay, and how to fly.
Please leave any of your tips and tricks in the comments! Both about saving money, taking trips, and vacation ideas!
So I know I said this before, but sorry for lagging. Mostly apologizing to myself because it really does throw me off. I’m in LA bored at my Grandma’s house planning a hypothetical trip to Asia- which is how I always get started planning my real trips, and I still have two REAL trips to catch up blogging on.
After I went to Amsterdam for a work trip, I wanted to make the most of my time in Europe, so I got the OK to extend my trip through the weekend. Because who on earth would fly back from Europe on a Friday when your work could pay for you to fly back on a Friday (and I saved them $300! This trip was a FAVOR practically.)
When I was deciding where in Europe I wanted to go, my main deciding factors where, where would be the same or cheaper than flying back from Amsterdam for convincing my work, somewhere I had friends or friends could meet me, and ideally somewhere I hadn’t been since I seem to think the world is a giant bingo game. I landed on Dublin because I wanted to visit the fabulous Aimee, my friend who I went to Barcelona with last February. Aimee was a great choice because she is the PLUG for food in Dublin and an overall great time.
You know those tourist things you see in your hometown and figure are a waste of money and you just skip. I definitely do. I lived in SF for 4 years and never went to Alcatraz. Lived in NY for over 2 and never went to the Empire State Building. Well me going to Dublin was Aimee’s excuse to go on the Viking Splash Tour. Long story short, its a tour bus that is an amphibian and goes into the water, that is probably targeted at families or bros and encourages you to make weird “viking” growl noises and requires you to wear a horn hat as you can see above. There are a lot of U2 jokes that didn’t really do it for me and we scared a lot of people walking alongside the bus by growling. 10/10.