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The case for planning more than one trip at once

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Speaker 1 (00:03):
Welcome to Before Breakfast, a production of iHeartRadio. Good Morning,
This is Laura. Welcome to the Before Breakfast podcast. Today's
tip is to plan your year's travel all at once.
That way, you can say yes to including lots of

(00:24):
different things in your travel portfolio, rather than having all
your priorities compete against each other for every trip. If
you're trying to plan a vacation with a group of
people for a particular time, say you're planning your Christmas vacation,
you may be dealing with a lot of competing desires.

(00:45):
One kid is dying to go to Disney World. Another
wants to go to New York to see a Broadway show.
Another wants to stay home. You may want to have
a meal you'll remember for the rest of your life.
Your partner wants to go somewhere with kids club so
you can get through a meal without cutting up someone's meat.
It is going to be hard to satisfy all of

(01:07):
those wants on any particular trip. That's why I think
it's wise to take a different approach. Better to plan
an entire year's travel all at once. If you are
thinking now about any summer trips, go ahead and think
about Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring Break, and so forth. When you

(01:31):
think about all of it, you can include all of
it in your travel portfolio. After all, if you take
a couple of trips per year, you can visit grandparents
and taking nuclear family trip to a national park. You
could go skiing and go to the beach. When you

(01:52):
plan the year's travel all at once, you are not
choosing between experiences for a particular vacation. You are simply
figuring out when during the year you will do all,
or at least most, of the things you want to do.
When you plan each trip as a one off thing,
on the other hand, you will always be asking, well,

(02:14):
should we be visiting family instead? Or why are we
going skiing? You know I don't like skiing. Person A
may argue against going to the beach because they're not
a beach person and would prefer to go to Europe,
rather than seeing that the year as a whole can
contain both those things. There is also a practical reason

(02:35):
for thinking about the year as a whole. You can
manage your travel budget and your vacation days. Perhaps person
A won't resent taking three days of PTO around Thanksgiving
for a big family trip, or at least won't resent
it as much if she knows that another four days
are reserved for her preferred trip around President's Day in February.

(02:59):
Planning a portfolio as a whole helps ensure balance and
that everyone is happy, or at least reasonably happy. There
is probably no trip that is fun for the whole
family for the whole time, but planning a year's travel
portfolio at once at least gets you pretty close. In

(03:23):
the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening, and here's
to making the most of our time. Thanks for listening
to Before Breakfast. If you've got questions, ideas, or feedback,

(03:43):
you can reach me at Laura at Laura vandercam dot com.
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