Travel Planning 2018

To keep you (and me) up to date with my 2016 travel plans, I have decided to keep a checklist. As it turns out, planning trips can be a bit more complicated than a person might think!

Here's what we've accomplished so far:

January 2018
For Boston, MA –
12/9 • flight booked with Delta, 4 economy seats $505
• intermediate rental car booked with Budget through Priceline for 3 days $98.41
   • room booked at Hilton Boston Logan Airport $146.78
12/10 • 2 nights at Holiday Inn Express Saugus 2 queens, refundable $245.70 (8% cashback through TopCashBack)
12/17 • mid-size car rented from Budget through Priceline for 3 days $64.34
12/24 • mid-size car rented from Hertz through Priceline for 3 days $60.96
   • price adjustment 2 nights at Holiday Inn Express Saugus 2 queens, refundable $228.90 (8% cashback through TopCashBack)
1/2/18 • price adjustment: 2 nights at Holiday Inn Express Saugus 2 queens, refundable $213.15 (10% cashback on Mr. Rebates)

1/4 • price adjustment: mid-size car rented from Hertz through Priceline for 3 days $58.80
1/11 • price adjustment: 2 nights at Holiday Inn Express Saugus 2 queens, breakfast for 2, refundable $198.45 (10% cashback on Mr. Rebates)

March
For Washington D.C. –
1/21 Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C. The Wharf king marina view, refundable $216.97(2% back with Mr. Rebates)
    economy rental car with Enterprise @Peachtree (4% cashback through TopCashback) $106.30

April
For Washington D.C. (TRIP CANCELLED)–
1/21 Intercontinental Washington D.C. The Wharf king deluxe, refundable $247.12 (9% back with Swagbucks)
    Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C. The Wharf king river view, refundable $285.85 (2% back with Mr. Rebates)

OR

1/24 • Intercontinental Washington D.C. The Wharf king, deluxe, refundable $376.61 (8% back with Topcashback)
3/3 • Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C. The Wharf king, partial marina view, refundable $337 (14% cashback with LeMoney)
3/12 • Rented economy car with Enterprise $119.53 (4% back with Mr. Rebates)
3/19 • Price Adjustment: Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C. The Wharf king, city view, refundable $326.09
3/24 • tickets boughts for 2018 Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival $22.18
3/25 Enterprise rental for Wed-Mon $166.16 (5% cashback with Top Cashback)

For Highway 1, CA –

1/17 • economy rental car with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SFO –> LAX $327.30
   • a convertible rental car with SIXT through Priceline using AutoSlash SFO –> LAX $415.16

1/20 • price adjustment: economy rental car with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SFO –> LAX $309.76
2/13 • premium car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $342.32
    a convertible rental car with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $4575.52
   White Water Inn on Groupon standard king, refundable $133.48
2/14 Portofino Hotel courtyard queen, refundable $267.68
2/15 • price adjustment: premium car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $336.37
   La Valencia vintage king ocean view, refundable $407.45
2/17 • Senza Hotel early check-in/late checkout, refundable (within 14 days of stay), free bottle of wine $309.11
2/20 • flight to San Diego and from San Francisco booked with Delta $1345.20
   • wrong dates booked: premium car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $383.20
2/22 • Price adjustment: La Valencia vintage king ocean view, refundable booked on Travelzoo (Top cashback 6% back) $393.31
2/24 • Hilton San Francisco Financial District 2 doubles, basic room, refundable, free parking, 2 nights $533.34 (4% cashback with LeMoney)
2/25 La Playa Carmel standard room, free breakfast, free parking, happy hour/wine tasting, free cookies and milk, free turndown service, refundable booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards 26,400pts.
2/26 • Kimpton Everly standard, refundable 60,000 IHG pts.
   Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood standard king, refundable, $50 food/beverage credit, free breakfast $323.04
2/27 • Price Adjustment: Portofino Hotel courtyard queen, refundable $214.14
   Bodega Bay pacific coast lower room, refundable booked on Groupon $197.53 (6% cashback through Ebates)
3/3 • called Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood to connect my account number to my reservation
   • Made reservations on OpenTable for Avalon Grille
3/4 • Booked an eco-tour with Journey Catalina
3/7 • Price Adjustment: economy car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $347.46
   • Tickets for Getty ordered.
   Alcatraz cruise tickets bought.
   • midafternoon reservations made for California Market at Pacific’s Edge with OpenTable
   • Price Adjustment: economy car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $287.77
3/10 • LA Philharmonic tickets received in the mail.
3/11 • OUE Skyspace tickets bought using 20% coupon $42
3/12 • Proper Sightseeing tour: Hollywood Stars & Sights booked through Groupon 2 adults, 2 hours with 20% discount $54 (5% back through TopCashback)
3/13 • Warner Brothers Studio Tour booked through Club1Hotels 2 adults $91.48
3/14 • Walt Disney Family Museum tickets purchased $50
3/17 • Price Adjustment: La Valencia vintage king ocean view, refundable booked on Travelzoo $330.81
   • Price Adjustment: economy car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $149.25
   • Price Adjustment: premium car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $189.42
   • Price Adjustment: La Playa Carmel standard room, free breakfast, free parking, happy hour/wine tasting, free cookies and milk, free turndown service, refundable booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards 22,413pts.
   • Return trip on Catalina Express from Avalon to Long Beach 2 tickets, refundable $73.50
3/18 • Napa tour booked on Groupon with 20% coupon $159.20 (10% cashback with Top CashBack)
3/20 Price Adjustment: La Valencia vintage king ocean view, refundable booked $291.88
3/21 • Price Adjustment: compact car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $106.08
   • Price Adjustment: premium car rental with Alamo through Priceline using AutoSlash SAN –>SFO $176.16
3/27 • Price Adjustment: La Playa Carmel standard room, free breakfast, free parking, happy hour/wine tasting, free cookies and milk, free turndown service, refundable booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards 20,510pts.

May
For St Pete Beach, FL (TRIP CANCELLED)–
1/17 • economy rental car with Enterprise through Priceline using AutoSlash $124.52
2/3 Kimpton Hotel Zamora 1 night, king, refundable $315.74 (9% back with Upromise)
   Renaissance Vinoy 1 night, king, refundable $267.81
2/7 • price adjustment: Kimpton Hotel Zamora 1 night, 2 queens, refundable $271 (8% cashback with Mr. Rebates)
4/26 • Hertz rental car booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $130.81
5/6 Hertz economy car booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $76.57

June
For NYC, NY (TRIP CANCELLED) –

1/17 • Hyatt Andaz Wall Street king, refundable $296.98
1/25 Freehand NYC 1 night, king, cozy, refundable $173

July
For Destin, FL –
3/17 • Hilton Sandestin king bed, beach view, refundable $531.69
7/22 • The Pensacola Grand king, nonrefundable booked through Hotwire as Hot Rate Hotel (clicked through Upromise for 5% back, used coupon for $6 off) $145.20

For Miami, FL –
4/26 • Hertz rental car booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $273.25 (from Georgia)
   Hertz rental car booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $275.90 (from Florida)
   Thrifty rental car booked through Kayak $189.40 (p/u in Miami, return in Atl)
4/27 • economy car rented from Alamo booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $182.22 (p/u Sun in Miami, return in Atl)
   economy car rented from Alamo booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $165.95 (p/u Mon in Miami, return in Atl)
5/6 • compact car rented from Executive Car Rental booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $114.12 (from Florida)
5/9 • reservation made for the Rusty Pelican with OpenTable
5/11 • Full size car rented from Budget through Priceline using AutoSlash $179.51 (p/u Sat in Miami, d/o in Atl)
6/4 • studio apartment at the Mondrian Hotel reserved through Visa Signature Collection with free room upgrade, $25 food/beverage credit, free late checkout, and free breakfast for 2 $243
6/12 • Naples Bay Resort superior king reserved through Chase Ultimate Rewards 10,951pts
6/21 • ME Miami accessible room, refundable, free buffet breakfast reserved through Chase Ultimate Rewards 11,894pts.
6/24 • The Chesterfield Palm Beach, Queen Superior, $25 fee if cancelled booked on TravelZoo $163.99 (6% cash back through TopCashback)
6/28 • Edge Hotel king bed, city view, nonrefundable booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards 15,000pts, $36.36
6/29 • Pier Sixty-Six marina view king refundable booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards 9,764pts.
   • updated reservation for the Rusty Pelican with OpenTable
   • rebooked the ME Miami Aurora room, refundable, free buffet breakfast reserved through Chase Ultimate Rewards 10,699pts.
7/7 • B Historic Savannah 1 king, nonrefundable booked through Hotwire.com $196 (10% cashback with LeMoney)
   • made reservations at Rancho Allegre Cuban Restaurant through OpenTable

September
For Jekyll Island, GA (TRIP CANCELLED)–

1/17 • economy rental car with Enterprise through Priceline using AutoSlash $122.24
2/3 • Eliza Thompson House 1 night, garden courtyard, king, refundable, free breakfast, free appetizers, free desserts $258.23
   Jekyll Island Club Resort 1 night, clubhouse queen $262.07
4/11 • Price Adjustment: economy rental car with Enterprise through Priceline using AutoSlash $121.25
4/26 Hertz rental car booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $149.98
5/6 economy car rented from Hertz booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $139.23
5/15 • Savannah Bed and Breakfast Inn booked through TravelZoo with 6% cash back from TopCashback superior queen, free breakfast, free afternoon tea, free milk and cookies, refundable $220.83

For NYC –
2/24 Hampton Inn Manhattan Grand Central 1 night, king, refundable $329.45
6/13 • reservations made for 4 at Raclette NYC
7/22 • Delta flight booked to JFK for 2 economy + $238.40
   Jetblue flight returning to ATL for 2, economy $226.40
8/3 • HomeAway reservation made for 2 couples, 1 single, townhome, 3 nights + insurance and deposit fee $2892.24
   • reservation for Raclette NYC changed
8/15 The Boro Hotel king or queen, refundable, 1 night booked through Hotels.com $301.97 (9% cashback with BeFrugal)
9/6 • The Boro Hotel queen manhattan view with balcony, refundable, 1 night booked through Hotels.com $276.61 ($70 back on card after stay is completed)

October
For NYC, NY –
    Hyatt Andaz Wall Street king, refundable, free breakfast, $25 food and beverage credit booked through Visa Signature Hotels $296.98

For Atlanta, GA –
10/15 • The Georgian Terrace petite room booked through TravelZoo double bed, free upgrade, early check-in/late check out, free breakfast for two, 20% off self parking $202.73 (6% cashback through Top CashBack)

November
For Staycation –
4/30 • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta - Buckhead parlor suite, 2 free drinks per day, free snacks, refundable $168.12

December
For Egypt –
4/18 • Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino standard room, 2 nights, refundable $319.42 (5% cashback with BeFrugal)
4/22 • Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Centre 1 night, double bed (5% cashback with BeFrugal) 200,08EUR
8/25 • Air France flight to Paris/Atlanta, EgyptAir flight to Cairo/Frankfurt booked through BootsNAll for 2 $4184
8/26 • Avis rental car from Frankfurt for 5 days booked through Priceline using AutoSlash $160

Needed
• Egypt hotels

Useful Sites

Washington DC –
* Fun In Fairfax: Visit Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia
* Cherry Blossoms Watch: How to Get to the Cherry Blossoms
* Travel + Leisure: Everything You Need to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival This Spring

California –
* Disneyland Daily: Coastal California – From San Francisco to San Diego
* Visit California: California's Spring 2017 Wildflower Forecast
* DOT: SR 1 Road Closures
* Travel Photo Discovery: Christmas in San Francisco

* The Tribue: How to Get Around the Highway 101 Closure in Montecito
* The City Sidewalks: A Weekend Guide to Big Sur
* Travel Caffeine: Heisler Park: Laguna Beach’s Crown Jewel
* " : Hearst Castle Tips and Review
* Laguna Beach Secrets: Treasure Island Beach
* Big Sur Area Highway 1 Closures
* California Beaches: Treasure Island Beach
* Laguna Pages: Crescent Beach
* Tanama Tales: Lovers Point and the Carpet of Flowers
* " : Solvang's Sweet Treats Trail

San Francisco –
* Travel Caffeine: San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge at Sunrise
* Bold Tourist: Best Places to Take Pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge
* A Passion & A Passport: Best Places to Photograph the Golden Gate Bridge
* Travel Photo Discovery: Christmas in San Francisco
* California Through My Lens: Mosaic Steps on Sixteenth Avenue in San Francisco
* " : Lombard Street: San Francisco's Famous Crooked Landmark
* The Planet D: The Ultimate San Francisco Photography Guide
* Fog City Secrets: San Francisco Japantown
* " : Twin Peaks San Francisco
* " : Visit Alcatraz, Like An Insider
* " : Chinatown San Francisco
* " : Golden Gate Bridge

Los Angeles –
* Travel Caffeine: Tips for Visiting Hollywood, California
* " : 1-Day Walt Disney Inspired Los Angeles Itinerary
* " : Los Angeles Times Building Tour Info and Review
* " : Griffith Observatory Review and Tips
* " : LACMA Tips and Review
* " : The Tam O'Shanter: Walt Disney's Favorite Restaurant
* California Through My Lens: Venice Canals: Walk Europe in Southern California
* Smorgasburg
* California Through My Lens: Malibu's Ten Secret Beaches
* Traveling Far and Near: How To Do Los Angeles Beach Walk 1, 2
* TripAdvisor Forums: Best View of LA Skyline
* We Like LA: 10 Free Places with Breathtaking Views of Los Angeles

Catalina Island –
* Fun Orange County: How to Visit Catalina Island: A Brief Tutorial On the Basics

Oregon to California Hwy 101 –
* Travel Blog: Road Trip from San Francisco to Seattle
* Park Store: Oregon State Parks
* Map of Northern California Wineries
* Oregon's Adventure Coast: Explore the Cape Arago Beach Loop

Florida –
* Authentic Florida: Experience Miami's Coral Gables Like a Local
* Alex in Wanderland: Taking the Gallery to the Alley: St. Pete's Street Art Scene

Egypt –
* Keep Calm and Wonder: Karnak Temple – The World's Largest Open-Air Museum
* " : Citadel of Qaitbay – A Mediterranean Fort With A View
* " : Montaza Palace Gardens – A Beautiful Refuge from the Heat
* " : Cave Church Built By Garbage Collectors
* " : The Roman Amphitheater After the Upgrade
* " : Inside the Red Pyramid
* " : Saqqara Pyramids In the City of the Dead
* " : Jesus was a Refuge in Egypt and This is the Cave Where He Slept
* " : Inside the Church of St. George
* TripAdvisor: Cairo: Visa, Money, Tipping

Destin –
* The Good Life Destin: The Best Spots for a Summer Sunset in Destin

See our travel plans from 2015, 2016, and 2017.