As of about ten minutes ago, our entire trip is booked. Whew! That certainly took a while. Now I know what travel agents are for. I have over twenty pages of typed notes, and a three page itinerary of booked lodging and transportation. This all took me over three and a half months. Travel planning sure isn’t easy–but it sure is fun.
The final booking involved my two nights in London after returning from Barcelona and Doug’s one night after returning from Paris. I decided to do a small, Rick Steves recommended B&B for my first night back after Spain, and a room in a strange pod-esque room for both Doug and I for the evenings before our early flights back to JFK. It is called Yotel and looks very strange (see pictures above and below), but it is located in the Gatwick Airport terminal. This seemed like a good idea given our flights out, both of which are on or around 6am. We can stumble out of bed and into line at security, no airport shuttle needed.
Now that we have hotels, apartments, B&Bs, airport pods, plane tickets and train tickets taken care of, I get to continue with the most fun part–planning the details of our trip. If anyone is looking for me in the next three months, aside from work and one week in Vegas, I’ll be on the back porch with a travel book and a highlighter, smiling.