Travel Planning 2019

To keep you (and me) up to date with my 2019 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:


April 2019
For Miami, FL –
3/22 • Justin took a day off.
3/23 • Booked compact car rental from the airport for 6 days from Alamo through Priceline with AutoSlash $83.93
3/28 • El Paseo booked through Groupon 1 night, standard room $183.76
  • The Confidante 1 night, standard room 15,000 Hyatt Points


May 2019
For Washington DC –
1/28 • Economy rental car on Priceline (local) through Enterprise via AutoSlash for 5 days $205.30
   Compact rental car on Priceline (airport) through Alamo via AutoSlash $129.42
2/8 • Economy rental car on Priceline (local) through Hertz via AutoSlash for 5 days $166.53
2/24 Marriott Marquis 1 king, 1 night, valet parking, refundable, $30 food and beverage credit (3% cashback with Mr. Rebates) $286.23
3/2 • Economy rental car on Priceline (airport) through Alamo via AutoSlash $91.82
3/28 • rebooked Marriott Marquis 1 king, 1 night, valet parking, refundable, $30 food and beverage credit (7% cashback with Top Cashback) $274.73
4/7 • Compact rental car (airport) on Priceline through Avis via AutoSlash $86.75
5/1 • price adjustment Marriott Marquis 1 king, 1 night, valet parking, refundable, $30 food and beverage credit $217.26


July 2019
For Los Angeles, CA –
4/5 • Intercontinental LA Downtown king superior, free cancellation FREE
4/25 • La Quinta Resort & Club Casita 1 king bed, mountain view, free cancellation, 2 nights, $100 resort credit/night $523.22
5/9 • ATL->LAX RT, 2 people, United, economy $830
5/10 Alamo mid-size rental car from Priceline via AutoSlash $315.80
5/15 Alamo mid-size rental car from Priceline via AutoSlash $307.01
5/17 Fox Rent-A-Car standard size rental car via AutoSlash $300.12
5/20 • West Hyatt Andaz king room, free breakfast, early check-in/late check-out,
welcome amenity booked through The Luxury Hotels & Resorts Collection $264.89
5/23 Advantage standard rental car via AutoSlash $284.08
5/30 • The Resort at Pelican Hill Bungalow, 1 King Bed, Garden View, free cancellation
29,140 UR pts
6/1 • tickets reserved for The Broad
6/8 • contacted Architect Tours LA for more info
6/12 • contacted The Modern Tour Palm Springs for more info
6/17 • rented Canon 5d mk iv from Aperturent for 14 days $311.04
6/21 Alamo Rental Car standard car via AutoSlash $160.26
6/22 • Avensole Winery tour for 2 purchased through Groupon using 20% off code $51.20
(8% back through TopCashBack)
6/23 • booked tour for Avensole Winery
6/25 • booked Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort king room 1 night 20,000 points
   • Rental car time/price adjustment: Alamo Rental Car compact car via AutoSlash $122.08
   • Battery grip rental from Aperturent for 14 days $61.42
6/26 • Made a reservation using OpenTable for Perch
   • Picked up camera/battery grip from Aperturent
   • Connected Luxury Hotel and Resorts booking to Hyatt account
6/27 • Elvis's Honeymoon Hideaway 2 tickets $70
6/28 • booked 2 different time slots for pop-up exhibit Second Home

Helpful Websites –
LA
• LA Mag: The 100 Most Photogenic Spots in L.A.
• Sidewalker Daily: Los Angeles Photo Guide
• Local Adventurer: 37 Most Instagrammable Spots in Los Angeles
• Quora: What would be the best non-tourist things for a couple to do on a two-day visit to Los Angeles?
• Diaries of Wanderlust: Los Angeles Wall Art Crawl
• Tanama Tales: Things to Do in Chinatown Los Angeles
• Chinatown Los Angeles: Self-Guided Walking Tours
• Passion Passport: An Instagrammer's Guide to West Hollywood
• The Culture Trip: The 12 Best Restaurants at LAX Airport, Los Angeles
• ": 12 Instagram-Worthy Walls in Los Angeles
• Studio DIY: #StudioWallCrawl: The Best Walls in Los Angeles
• Time Out: House Tour: Architectural homes in Los Angeles
• Eater Los Angeles: Where to Eat at LAX, 2019 Edition

Joshua National Park
• Lavender Vines: How to Spend a Weekend in Joshua National Park
• Space Tourism Guide: How to Plan a Joshua Tree Stargazing Trip in 2019
• Tanama Tales: Top Things to Do in Joshua Tree National Park
• Improve Photography: Joshua Tree Photography Guide and Best Photo Spots
• California Through My Lens: 15 Places to Explore in Joshua Tree National Park
• Tripadvisor: Best Photo Spots
• ": Planning Help: Is This Too Much?
• Space Tourism Guide: How to Plan a Joshua Tree National Park Stargazing Trip
• Daytrippen: Joshua Tree National Park Day Trip Things To Do

Temecula
• Diaries of Wanderlust: Best Wineries to Visit in Temecula
• Global Munchkins: The 10 Best New Restaurants in Temecula & Murrieta
Temecula Valley Wine Growers

Palm Springs
• Salty Canary: A Palm Springs Door Tour
• Sidewalker Daily: The 37 Best Places to Take Pictures in Palm Springs
• Whimsy Soul: Self Guided Palm Springs Door Tour – That Pink Door & More!
• Medium: The Only Palm Springs Architecture Guide You Will Ever Need
• Trip Savvy: The Best Mid-Century Modern Sites in Palm Springs, California
• Vacation Palm Springs: Midcentury Modern Neighborhoods
• Mod Traveler: Financial District
• ": See Palm Springs
• Daniel Leventhal Photography: Palm Springs Modern
• Vacation Rentals of the Desert: Palm Springs Bike Tour
Palm Springs Interactive Map

Venice Beach
• Tanama Tales: Venice Beach Canals: A Charming Historic District
• ": The Complete Guide to Street Art in Venice
• California Through My Lens: Venice Canals: Walk Europe in Southern California

Beach Towns & LA Coast
• Tanama Tales: Complete Guide to Hermosa Beach: Things to Do
• ": Point Dume State Beach and Reserve
• ": Manhattan Beach: Things To Do, See, And Eat
• ": A Fun Day in Coastal Newport Beach
• The Outbound Collective: Catch a Sunset at Bluff Cove
• Visiting Long Beach: Selfie Alert - 11 Cool Long Beach Walls to Instagram
• Downtown Manhattan Beach: Where to Park
• Santa Monica Conservancy: Downtown Walking Tour
• Travel Caffeine: El Matador State Beach: Malibu's Megastar
• My Suitcase Journeys: Beach Please! 5 Hidden Laguna Beach Beaches to Beat the Crowd
• OC Mom Blog: Guide to Pearl Street Beach in Laguna Beach
• The Resonant Landscape: Shooting the Sunrise on the Southern California Coast

Angeles Crest Highway
• Maven's Photoblog: Traveling the Angeles Crest Highway


August 2019
For Laguna Beach, FL –
7/22 • booked a car with Alamo for 6 days from the airport through Autoslash using Priceline $161.04
   booked a car with Hertz for 5 days for local pick up through Autoslash using Priceline $236.67
7/23 • rebooked local economy rental with Enterprise through Autoslash using Priceline $226.98
  • two queens, 1 night, refundable at Hyatt Place Sandestin 12,000 UR/Hyatt points
7/28 • booked an economy car with Budget for 5 days for local pick up through Autoslash using Priceline $147.68
7/31 • booked a standard car with local Avis for 5 days through Autoslash using Priceline $112.75
8/1 • Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach king view, nonrefundable, 1 night $115 + 20,000 IHG pts
8/2 • Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin - Miramar Beach 1 king, free drinks, free breakfast, free parking 40,000pts $131.00

Helpful Websites –
The Good Life Destin


October 2019
For New Orleans, LA –
7/26 • talked with friends/picked date
7/30 • booked a car with Alamo for 5 days from the airport through Autoslash using Priceline $195.81
8/23 • price adjustment: Alamo for 5 days from the airport through Autoslash using Priceline $189.16
9/10 • Pontchartrain 3 nights Thalia Suite nonrefundable $1125.03 (which will be divided by 2)
9/16 • Commander's Palace reservations for 10am jazz brunch

Helpful Websites –
• Mad Hungry Woman: Sunday Jazz Brunch at NOLA's Famed Commander's Palace

December 2019
For ??? –
12/16 • local "supplier's choice" car booked from Enterprise 1 week through Priceline with Autoslash $250.88
  • local compact car booked from Avis 2 weeks through Priceline with Autoslash $313.87
  • airport compact car booked from Avis 2 weeks through Priceline with Autoslash $376.91
12/26 • Hyatt Place Memphis Primacy Parkway 5,000pts.
12/27 • Embassy Suites Columbus $103
12/28 • Hyatt Place Columbus $153
12/29 • Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt double $127
12/30 • Intercontinental Buckhead club king (7% back with Mr. Rebates) $270.36
  • two queens Holston House $197.85 + 10,000pts
  • reservations at L27
  • paid for Entertainment Membership to get a $100 discount on our stay at the Intercontinental Buckhead

Helpful Websites –
• Travel Weekly: Map: What's open and closed in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian
• Globe Trotting Ginger Travel: The Perfect Freeport Bahamas Itinerary
• Travel Break: Miami to Bimini, Bahamas: 40 Minutes to Paradise
• TripAdvisor Forums: Roadtrip fro Atlanta to Los Angeles
• " : Driving Atlanta to California
• Vogue and a Latte: Georgia and California: Cross Country Roat Trip Itinerary
• Quora: How Much Would a Road Trip from Atlanta to California Cost?
• Google Maps: Atlanta to Laguna Beach



For 2020
Paris in June –
4/23 • paid Dîner en Blanc International fee of 10 Euros
4/30 • contacted friends about Diner en Blanc sponsorship

Fall travel?
6/13 • contacted friends about potential dates for fall 2020 travel
7/16 • Email
7/18 • Another email


June/July
Paris, Ireland/Scotland –
8/26 • Dates chosen
10/15 • king room Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel free cancellation 1 night 194.76 Eur (5% cashback through BeFrugal)
11/1 • British Airways flights booked, 1 free checked bag, seats picked $1559.60
11/2 • king room Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel free cancellation 1 night 194.76 Eur
11/25 • bought a London travel guide
11/28 Avis standard car rental (p/u in Glasgow, r to Edinburgh), unlimited mileage booked through Priceline, found with AutoSlash $257.56
11/29 • Avis standard car rental (p/u in Glasgow, r to Edinburgh), unlimited mileage booked through Priceline, found with AutoSlash $214.85
   Enterprise standard car rental (p/u Glasgow city centre, return to Edinburgh, unlimited mileage £221.12
11/30 Hertz premium car rental (p/u Glasgow city centre, return to Edinburgh, unlimited mileage booked through Priceline, found with AutoSlash £98.21
12/13 • reservations at La Poutre
1/5 • Hertz luxury car rental (p/u Glasgow city centre, t to Edinburgh, unlimited mileage booked through Priceline, found with AutoSlash £78.58
  • date change for car rental Hertz luxury car rental (p/u Glasgow city centre, t to Edinburgh, unlimited mileage booked through Priceline, found with AutoSlash £239.99
  • train from Paris to London booked
  • train from London to Glasgow booked
1/13 • Avis standard car rental (p/u in Glasgow, r to Edinburgh), unlimited mileage booked through Priceline, found with AutoSlash $201.97

Helpful Websites –
• Sidewalker Daily: Paris Photoguide

Scotland's Castle Trail: Aberdeenshire
• Heart My Backpack: I Found My Fairy Tale in Aberdeenshire
• Travelling Dany: Scotland Souvenirs
• ZigZag On Earth: Elgol Boat trip to Loch Coruisk – Photos + Tips (Scenic Cuillin Mountains!)
• Beyond Our Horizons: A Weekend At Isle of Mull
• ": A Guide to Islay, Scotland – A Whiskey Lover's Dream
• ": The Perfect Isle of Skye Daytrip
• Hand Luggage Only: 8 Delicious Foods You Have to Eat in Scotland


See our travel plans from 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.