Travel Tips: When You’re the Trip Planner

Since 2004, my husband and I have taken a marriage retreat / recharge / unplug from the world / birthday-anniversary-Valentine’s Day-Christmas-gift / bucket list vacation every summer. This special time usually consists of two to three weeks of travel overseas. We take turns being the trip planner and do all of our own bookings, so we’ve gotten to know the ins and outs of travel pretty well.

Recently my nephew found out that he’ll be going to London and Paris for 10 days as a part of his graduate degree program. (Wish they had programs like that when I was in grad school!) He and his wife asked us for travel tips. Just in case you’re the trip planner for a big adventure this year, I thought I’d share these travel tips with you as well.

Here’s a copy of the travel tips email that I sent to them:

Dear A and D,

This isn’t meant to be digested all at once!! Whenever you need to procrastinate on something, you can pop back into this email and procrastinate productively. 

I know we’ll talk about a lot of this trip planner stuff when we go out to dinner, but I have some travel tips blog posts that you can browse at your leisure. I wrote a 12-part, once-a-month travel tutorial for friends and family who were going to travel overseas for the first time in 2014.

The travel tips are written in order of what to do and when: 

How to Plan for Travel: Budget

How to Plan for Travel: Set your travel goals

How to Plan for Travel: Choose Your Accommodations

How to Plan for Travel: Choose Your Transportation

How to Plan for Travel: Creating Your Daily Travel Itinerary

How to Plan for Travel: Prepping Your Travel Documents

How to Plan for Travel: Credit Cards, Debit Cards and Travelers Checks…Oh My!

How to Plan for Travel: How to avoid getting slapped (or worse)!

How to Plan for Travel: Let the spending begin …

Get organized for travel: What supplies will you need to pack for your vacation?

How to Plan for Travel: What’s left to do?

How to Plan for Travel: Get ready for departure …

Travel planner and logistics posts: 

Global Entry Card saves time

How to pack for travel

If you’re going to use a discount airlines, know this

How many vacation days do you take?

Location-specific travel tips posts (Paris/France):

Getting to Paris via The Chunnel

General tips for budget travelers in Paris – Part 1

General tips for budget travelers in Paris – Part 2

Learn about your destination

Travel planner videos:


Packing (everything) 

Packing (condensed for TV)

Packing for winter travel 

Travel tips for Europe

Traveling by train in Europe

Dealing with your return from traveling 

Hope this helps!


Take care,





For more info about being an efficient travel planner – and other productivity tools and travel tips – from time management keynote speaker Helene Segura, click here.


About Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO®

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead? The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits. Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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