Travel Planning: Anticipation

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Is anticipation part of the fun when you go on a trip? It is for me. The planning, research, finding helpful blogs, asking travelers for advice — I love every minute. We are heading to Europe soon. This weekend we worked on the details of our itinerary and practice-packed. I crunched numbers in our budget while my husband programmed the GPS.

I gathered everything I want to take and tried to fit it all in the 20-inch carry on.

I have (a bit of) room to spare. Amazing. Murphy decided to help by sitting on a packing cube filled with soft clothes.

Emily sat on the other packing cube. Maybe they are hinting to go along?

One item I’m taking is a last-minute addition. I read about this last week in my favorite travel blog, Travel Fashion Girl. Alex highly recommends compression socks for international flights. And I learned that these now come in colors and designs that make wearing them fun. Here’s what I chose. I love the bows.

Packing is hard work. Murphy took time out for a cat nap.

One item I’m taking with me is Flat Stanleys for each grandkid. The kids colored their own during our last visit. You may notice that Maddie loves horses and Hunter, Nico, and Tyler love orange.

We plan to take photos with the Flat Stanleys at the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum in Rome, and on the canals of Venice. Then we’ll share the photos with the kids so they can learn about some fascinating places.

We’ll soon journey thousands of miles from home. But we’ll take with us in our thoughts those we love. We’ll laugh about our cats helping us get ready. We’ll miss our family. We’ll look forward to seeing our friends when we return. Meanwhile, we will carry the cheery  figures of our grandkids. Our bags are full, and so are our hearts.

How about you? Do you love to plan getaways?

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Earl at

Wonderful series of photos. I am sure you will have a wonderful time on your trip. It will be a lot different from my travels there in the mid-1950s. Have fun.

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April at

Such an exciting trip! You’re going to have a great time. Gorgeous little helpers you have there 🙂

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cathy at

I am with you – planning is 1/2 the fun. And I travel quite frequently…..52 countries so far. Have a wonderful time!!! You will get some great photos. and I use the socks : ) also drink electrolytes for the long haul flights – you can now get Gatorade in packets so you can take on the plane.

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Carmel at

Ah Sharon, all sounds so amazing …. have the best time. Yes compression stockings are a must on long flights.

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Buckeroomama at

Oh, that’s so sweet that you are taking the Flat Stanleys along with you on your trip! 🙂

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Tamar at

How exciting! Love that you’re taking the Flat Stanleys!

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dalettre at

Oooh, exciting…love that your grandkids are a part of it, too. 🙂

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jeanne stone at

oh yes, that planning part is so fun, and it last so much longer than the actual trip. Sounds as if you have some funplaces planned and know you will really have alot of fun. This is also a good time of year to go as the crowds have thinned out a bit, and the summer prices have waned. Good idea on the compression stockings and also be sure to take an aspirin on the days that you are flying. Get up and walk around that plane. I have also taken a sleeping pill when i fly to europe. You are so excited that it is hard to sleep and then you are really pooped when you arrive. The sleeping pilll helps you get a few hours of sleep and then you are good to go. Have a wonderful time and will be looking forward to lots of shots! Happy travels

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Michelle B at

I love planning a trip too. Thank you for the compression sock tip. My feet swell on a long plane ride and I just never gave compression socks a thought. I will go get a pair before my next trip. Have fun planning and vacationing!

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Pat at

How exciting! Your grandkids will love seeing their Flat Stanleys in all those iconic places. i like the photos of your helpful cats. In our experience, cats seem to be drawn to soft-sided carry-on bags.
Bon voyage!

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Marilyn at

Great post. I adore “Flat Stanley” – perfect to take them with your grands on a trip. They will love looking at the photos and remembering their travels.

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abrianna at

My cat likes to help me pack too. Because we drive on our trips, I wish I could just snap my fingers and get there instead of spending hours in the car. I like the design on the socks too!

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Dotti at

Oh, you’ll have a wonderful time. Are you really going to travel with only one 20″ carryon? I really want to know how you manage. We’re going in about a year’s time and I”m already trying to think how to pare down. What about your camera gear? I plan to minimize, taking only the lenses I’ll really use, but it will all go in my carryon. Do drop me an email and let me know, please!

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kim at

The planning to me is a delicious part of the whole trip. All the excitement and anticipation is so fun. Thank you for sharing the socks! I need to get a pair of those as my legs and feet go numb every long haul flight. I hate those pins and needles. These might be really helpful and cute!

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kim at

I just ordered my socks! Stripes! Thank you again!

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Ida P. Krause at

Hope all your hard work and planning turned out great. Loved your sweet kitties. Ours are always curious whenever we get the suitcases out.

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Molly at

Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned, lucky you

Mollyxxx

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Peri ann at

I love compression socks! Have a nice trip

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Jade @ Tasting Grace at

How exciting! Paris is gorgeous and Rome is one of my favorite cities. Definitely splurge on gelato! It’s funny; my husband and I don’t really plan our trips much or even think about them much before it’s time to pack. We like to plan where we’ll land and stay for the first night in each city so there’s no stress on arrival, but then we leave the rest open to what we discover once we’re there. Between a map, a Lonely Planet, and local recommendations, we can leave quite a bit up to serendipity. 🙂 Of course, that was before we had a kid…we probably would travel a little differently now…

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