Several questions, similar to Melissa’s, arrived by email and via comments. “Would you consider writing a blog post on the particulars of your trip, such as transportation, where you stayed, restaurants, shopping?” – Melissa R.
Whenever I travel, I use Expedia.com to reserve my flights, the hotel(s), and car rental well before my trip. Depending on the area you are visiting, you may need to reserve as much as six months in advance. I often fly Delta, stay in a Hampton Inn & Suites or similar Hilton property, and rent a car from Enterprise. Recently, I stayed at Quality Inn & Suites Middletown – Newport. It was clean, safe, and convenient. Most of the area’s hotels were booked well in advance since this is a hectic season for the New England area.
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Upon arrival, I pick up the rental car at the airport and enter my hotel address into Maps – Navigate & Explore (an app on my cell phone). First, I unpack, hang clothes, and put toiletries in the bathroom. After I freshen up, I usually have a late lunch or early dinner and explore a little. Going for a long walk when you arrive is an excellent way to offset jet lag.
As I plan trips, I research what is available in the area I want to visit. I search via Google for museums, nature preserves, walking paths, beaches, historical significance, and local attractions, including restaurants, unique architecture, cultural value, or natural beauty. I build a list of relevant places to visit or local restaurants I might enjoy and sometimes read reviews on TripAdvisor.com to learn more about a destination.
I have never used a travel agent, and I do not travel as part of a group. One of the perks of solo travel is complete solitude and the freedom to explore at my own pace. My list allows me to skip things if they turn out not to be my cup of tea and move on to the next item without wasting any time.
My look for today includes a new red top with ruching. It is by Clara Sunwoo via ShopMyFairLady.com. I am wearing a size small. The black pants are (here) in Chico’s size 0.
I added fall touches with suede loafers and an animal print bag. Similar items here and here or here. The sunglasses are by Balmain. Similar here. The earrings were a gift from Mr. Mickey. Similar here. The ring is also old. Similar here.
While animal print and reptile prints are always popular for fall, they are not always flattering color combinations for me. The tones of animal prints are often too golden for my cool skin tone. I am also not a fan of memorable prints worn on my body, so a touch of animal in my bag or scarf is enough for my personality.