Tips, Please.


One time in high school,
my friends and I were bored on a Friday night.

We didn't really have anything better to do,
so I, the ever-ready opportunist, suggested an activity:
We could stand on the street corner with signs
and ask people for money.

Not that we really needed money, 
as our 16 year-old suburban needs were met
quite well by our parents.

But it was more of an experiment to see if we could get people to give us money.

So we held up signs and asked people 
to pay for our prom dresses.

Our friends came and sat on the grassy hill by the intersection
and watched the spectacle. 

It was a party.

We made over $100 in 45 minutes
until the police made us leave
because they didn't think it was safe.

{Editor's Note: My 28 year-old self would scoff at them and keep hustling.}

My friends' parents were appalled and made them donate their money to charity.

My parents had never been so proud of me.

Eh, to each their own.

Anyway, getting stuff for free is great.

I like getting it when I can.
I like giving it to others when I can.

This summer, I have been replying to travel emails
like it was my job.


Manhattan, NY

{The street corner gig paid better, btw.}

I really do love getting to help people plan their vacations
and maximize their special trip.


Civita Di Bagnoregio, Italy

But after everyone has come back home
and is reveling in the post-vacation glow,
I'm left to wonder:

Did you like any of my advice?
If you don't mind, I'd love to hear any travel tips
that you have used from my site
and hear what you thought.


Amsterdam

Was it as awesome as I promised?
What did you love that you wouldn't have tried otherwise?


London, UK

Or was there a problem that I should know?


Vernazza, Cinque Terre

I don't want to recommend bum advice,
so help a sister out!

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy
Posted on September 4, 2012 and filed under "Jet Setting", "travel tips", "travel", "youth".