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Travel Assignment: Brainstorming

This guide provides information that will help you successfully complete your Travel Assignment for the EDU 0300 class.

Prepare to brainstorm

  • Read about the type of vacation that interest you
  • Talk with your friends or family about their favorite vacation
  • Do some research
  • Use the web

Time tested travel sources

Fodor's Travel

The first Fodor Travel Guide,On the Continent—The Entertaining Travel Annual, was published in 1936 by Eugene Fodor. I was so successful that the Fodor's Modern Guides were created in 1949. In 1996 Fodor debuted their travel related website. Fodor is a well respected name in travel.

Rick Steves

Our mission is to inspire, inform and equip Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable and culturally broadening. We value travel as a powerful way to better understand and contribute to the world in which we live. We strive to keep our own travel style, our world outlook and our business practices consistent with these values.

Lonely Planet

At Lonely Planet we tell it like it is, without fear or favor. There's a whole world of amazing sights, hotels, travel companies and gear manufacturers out there - and we want to tell you which ones we think are best. But we never compromise our opinions for commercial gain. If you read something written by a Lonely Planet author, you can guarantee they've been there, had a look for themselves and are telling you what they really think. It's trusted advice from a trusted source.

National Geographic Top 10 Volunteer Vacations
 

Planning & Prioritizing

Planning a dream vacation can be a bit overwhelming.  Plane flights, hotel reservations, and purchasing tickets can seem like a daunting task.  However, thinking and prioritizing can make planning your vacation a lot smoother! 

What I want in a vacation

First, you need to think about what you want in vacation.  Do you want a fun, adrenaline filled adventure?  Do you prefer a low-key, quaint stay in a country Bed and Breakfast?  You need to sort out what type of vacation you are wanting and make a list of the most important aspects.  

Some important things you may want in a vacation are:

  • Location
  • activities for youself, family, etc.
  • accomodations; staying in one place vs. traveling via transportation
  • large town or big city

What things are important to you when planning your ultimate, dream vacation?  Try to make a list of the most important things you would like to experience.  These things will help you make decisions that will affect many other aspects of your planning.

Prioritizing

Now that you have the most important aspects of your vacation listed, it is time to prioritize.  You need to ask yourself, "What are the most important things that I need/want/desire out of my vacation?"  You now need to take the most important things off your brainstorming list and make them the high priorities for your vacation. 

By having a small group of priorities you can start the next aspect of planning your dream vacation: researching and budgeting.

Just ASK!

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