*A MESSAGE FOR MY READERS: I will be away from mid-August through October and I am setting out several posts that will have the same date which can be read as if posted at different times.
The thrust of this post how to achieve comforttravel@less$—travel plans can often take time, but trust me when I say that every moment spent is worthwhile—though of course my NO MORE HOTELS (TM) E-book destination city series will make it almost effortless to do this preplanning. In these destination city E-books—I intend to present the logistics of the preplan process for my readers. My reader can then access the internet (either on their reader, or laptop/desktop computer, to link on to the websites I suggest as best for making preplans. The first of these E-books No More Hotels In Paris is in the writing and research process—and I expect this book to be ready in time for vacation high season next year. Keep checking out my website http://www.nomorehotels.org for information and follow this blog for my progress.
Now, how to tackle preplanning logistics, as I did for this voyage on the Queen that needed doing for comforttravel@less$, and to get all of my hotel reservations, train tickets + determine where to rest up, it took me 6 days. I spent a few hours at a time to accomplish small portions of research online and then a few hours on the phone.
Here's what I did.
Keep in mind that I want value for my money, and to get it, I had to preplan smart, which means I had to know my final destination from the cruise port—Southampton for the return voyage on October 8. I had 8 days to get there. Yet, I didn't want to stay in Paris where I could get the Eurostar to London and from there get to Southampton, I wanted to stay somewhere close enough to allow me to leave the day before October 8, and spend October 7 overnight in Southampton to be ready to board the Queen at 12 noon.
I looked online for a map of France, as I determined that I needed to be in the proximity of Paris, but find a restful relaxing 7 days. I also was thinking about taking a ferry to Southampton from somewhere in France. But this turned out to be a bad idea, once I did more online search and determined that a ferry to Southampton was chancy.
AND NOW my readers, take a break, and see my next post to find out how I settled on the better way.
* *I am a multitask writer, as I am also in the process of writing my latest fiction novel, Book II, PARIS WARP Jousting Devils And Dragons but this is a trilogy which explores the supernatural as it exists in tandem with the world as we know it. The trilogy starts with Book I, The Haunting And Paradise Taxi/print ISBN 9780615685434 print also available as E-book Nook Smashwords Edition ISBN 9780989053600 BarnesandNoble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-haunting-and-paradise-taxi-cynthia-lynn/1114061302?ean=2940044602069 Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/haunting-paradise-taxi/id666549806 ; Sony;Kobo /Sony/Kobo). Check out my websites maintained by Authors Guild: http://www.cynthialynn.org and http://www.nomorehotels.org .