Bon Weekend: 26 February 2016

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TGIF, y’all! We’re spending a long weekend in Arizona – Sedona to be exact. It’s been warm in San Francisco for the last few weeks, but our 70 degrees never quite feels it, so I’m looking forward to legitimate sunshine, hiking, and fireside cocktails. Follow me on Instagram if you want to stalk our Arizona adventure over the next few days.

We were also able to pull the trigger on our trip to India and France, so I’m excited to start a series of trip planning posts related to that adventure next weekend!

Bon week-end,

LJ

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A-ha Moment with Google Maps

I had intended on starting a series of posts about traveling to India today, but alas, until I have some key meeting dates at work, we’re in a holding pattern. We’ll visit Delhi (with a day trip to Agra) and then we’ll do 3 days in Paris on our way back. Paris is our favorite city and a familiar place sounds perfect after the culture shock that India is sure to be. Since I couldn’t spend yesterday actually booking flights, hotels, and tours, I opted to do the mindless activity of researching new places to visit (i.e., mostly restaurants) in Paris.

Typically, one of my last steps of trip planning is plotting out our key stops on Google Maps before downloading it for offline use. Yesterday, I had the a-ha moment of saving all of our locations ahead of time with the intention of being super strategic about where I look for a hotel. Usually, booking a hotel in the best possible location requires a ton of research, but now I have a clear visual of which arrondissements I should focus my energy on.

If you’re interested in seeing what piqued my appetite interest, take a look below at my map of Paris.

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Currently Loving: Hopper

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In May, I celebrate my 30th birthday and I’d like to mark the occasion with an experience, rather than with the purchase of things. I haven’t committed to any destination just yet, but I do have some ideas. The list is mostly domestic spots like Palm Springs (will it be too hot in late May?), Santa Fe, and Las Vegas, with a few international destinations that are convenient from California like Cabo San Lucas. My ideal experience is just sunshine + pool + cocktails + good eats.

HopperI’m flexible on destination because I want to get the best airfare deal. Enter Hopper. Hopper is my favorite travel app right now because it allows you to save multiple flight itineraries and alerts you when it predicts that your ticket will be at the lowest price. (Sort of like Kayak, but Hopper’s prediction tool extends beyond just a couple of months.) Hopper is literally searching for the best price at all times and even when the app pings to say the price has dropped, it’ll make a recommendation to buy or continue to wait. The best part? The Hopper bunny hops as the app searches for the best fare. It’s delightful.

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