Travel Planning

Advance planning helps travelers avoid crowds, prevent flight delays, and reduce costs. A comprehensive plan delegates tasks, selects destinations, and books travel arrangements. This article provides tips and resources for planning an affordable and fun trip.

Accommodations - consider low-cost accommodations like B&B's, campgrounds, and college dorms.
Activities - chose experiential destinations to focus on adventure or culture. 
Costs - economize with car travel and destinations that are off the beaten path or off-season.
Crowding - avoid crowds by traveling in late Summer and visiting lesser-known destinations.  
Disconnecting – alert clients of travel plans and assign responsibility for monitoring messages.
Duration - travel for at least a week to allow time to decompress.
Enhancement - add value by traveling to a summer festival, attending a bar association meeting, or participating in volunteer opportunities.
Insurance - purchase travel insurance to cover cancellations, health emergencies, lost luggage, and theft.
Reservations – book several months in advance to ensure availability and lower prices for flights, hotels, and rental cars.
Staycations – save money and stress by staying at home and take day trips to local sites.
Theme - consider a travel theme (e.g. outdoor adventure, road trip, wellness retreat, etc.) to make travel more memorable.
Websites - use travel websites to book and track excursions, lodging, and transportation.
Travel is therapeutic and beneficial to lawyer well-being. Time away from the office improves mental and physical health. Use the travel tips mentioned in this article to plan a sensational summer vacation. Use the accompanying resources for additional tips and travel information.

Dan Bowman, How to Plan a Vacation as a Lawyer, Practice Panther, May 12, 2023.

Meghan Cohen and Sally French, How to Book a Flight That (Likely) Won’t Get Canceled, Nerd Wallet, Oct. 22, 2023
Dawn Gilbertson, Don’t Travel Without These Five Apps, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 2, 2024.
Clint Henderson, Summer Travel Checklist: 11 Things to Do Now to Make Your Trip Great, The Points Guy, Mar. 14, 2023.
Nick Kurczewski, How to Get Through Airport Security Quickly, AFAR, Mar. 16, 2023. 
Josh Lew, What is Experiential Tourism, Treehugger, Aug. 24, 2017.
Barbara Marquand, et al., How to Find the Best Travel Insurance, Nerd Wallet, Mar 4, 2023.
Skye Sherman, 11 Creative Staycation Ideas When You Need a Change of Scenery, Travel & Leisure, May 9, 2021.
Aleandra Samuel, The Right Way to Unplug When You're on Vacation, Harvard Business Review, Jul. 15, 2014.

Cruising and Cruise Ships, Berlitz, Oct. 29, 2019.
Destinations of a Lifetime:  225 of the World's Most Amazing Places, National Geographic, Oct. 27, 2015.
Europe by Rail, Frommers, Jun. 7, 2022.
Guide to National Parks of the United States, National Geographic, Feb. 2, 2020.
USA on the Road, Rough Guides, Sep. 13, 2022.
Expedia, Hotels, Hotwire, Kayak, Orbitz, and Priceline (reserve flights, hotels and rental cars)
Music Festival Wizard (search festivals)
Square Mouth (purchase travel insurance)
Travel Institute (find a travel agent)
Trip Advisor (evaluate hotels, restaurants, and things to do)
Viator (book excursions)


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