Travel Advice? I can help... some of you!

Did you know that when you start blogging
it means that you also starting connecting with a lot of people
off the regular streams of social media
and behind the scenes on email?

That's where people really get to know each other.

Blogs are like online dating profiles.

You shop people out.
See if you like what they're all about.

And if their daily blabbing entices you to want more...
well, you take it to the next level.

That's when the fun starts.

That's when you really get to know people.

Or so, I'm told
because lately, I don't really do it.

See, I used to have loads of free time.

{AKA I worked behind a desk in an office.}

I made some pretty awesome friends back in the day
over email and blogging.

But these days,
I am busy with my job directing study abroad programs
that fling me from place-to-place,
I work with a handful of clients on social media consulting & branding,
I'm scouring Portobello Road for pretty antique pieces, shooting them,
packing them up & dragging them down to the post office,
I try to keep blog posts up on here to give you guys something to read
in your free time while you are behind desks at your offices...

and I have a newborn.

My 45 minutes of non-manic time each day
is most commonly spent staring blankly out the window,
eating girl scout cookies at my kitchen table,
or laying on top of my unmade bed clicking through instagram.

Sometimes, if I feel really crazy
I take a bath &/or wash my hair.

You get it,
I'm busy.

{Then again, who's not?}


I'm sorry that I don't do a better job of replying the emails I get
asking questions about travel Europe.

But you have to understand, I get- no lie- around 10 every day day.

People need help on hotels in Paris and 
where to take their 14 year-old daughter
 for dessert & shopping while they are there....

or first-time tourists wanting to take on Europe 
but aren't sure where to start
and how long to spend in each city...

or honeymooners looking for an affordable way to spend 2 weeks in Italy
and needing to know which city to fly into and where they need to fly out from...

I have all of these answers in my brain.

And I get it...
planning a trip to a place 
that you never been to can be daunting.

You're spending a lot of money
and you want it to be just right.

I just don't have the time to spend an hour typing out
 the unique logistical thought that each circumstance requires-
which is what it typically takes me if I'm putting my heart into it.

So from this day forward,
I'm making myself more available to less people.


I'd rather give ten people each month
really good information
than crappy generic replies (or nothing!) to everyone who writes.

If you're committed to planning your European vacation,
I'm offering 30 min, 1 hour, or 2 x 60 minute sessions over Skype
to talk logistics & general consulting matters
like transportation, time frames
 & must-sees for your specific areas of interest
that will help you plan a trip that fits you best. 

Obviously, I don't know everything there is to know,
but I can be especially helpful when planning your trip to Europe
and can offer detailed advice on these specific topics:

England | France | Scotland | Italy | Ireland | Iceland 
Budget Airlines | European Rail | Accommodation

 Consult Session Length

If you're just emailing to ask a simple question, send it my way....
but from now on, emails asking generic trip structuring will be referred to here. 

In the mean time, 
I'll keep posting travel finds
for the various places I go here on the blog
and filing them under my travel log.

Bon Voyage!

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy

Posted on June 3, 2013 and filed under "blog world", "travel tips", "travel".