Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Great Sites for Planning Vacations

As I'm busy preparing for our upcoming trip to San Francisco, I thought I'd share two sites I use to help in my planning.
 San Diego - January 2009

The first site is This site is great for finding both hotels and things to do. What I love most about it are the reviews. "Real people" who have really stayed in the hotels or went to the museums, etc, tell you what they think about them. You get to hear their experiences - the good and the bad. Also, the hotels and activities are then ranked in order of popularity. It really helps me to find some of the special things that I wouldn't have found otherwise.

Scotland - July 2009

The other site is Travel for Kids. What I like best about this site are the book lists. It gives you a book list (both picture books and books for other children) related to your destination. Although this site doesn't cover as many places as Trip Advisor, we have got to use it for Ireland, Scotland, San Deigo, Chicago, New York City, and now San Francisco.


Trudy Callan said...

I am so thrilled that you are joining The Artistic Mother's Group. You're also my friend, sort of. I'm in the Homeschool Nature Study Group that you coordinate; although I haven't come recently. I didn't know if you remembered. It's going to be so much more fun knowing you are doing this with us. I'll have to tell Shona.

We will be allowing two weeks for each project. But if you get behind, please don't worry. Just keep working a little each day. The whole point of this group is to develop the habit of doing art each day. It is also so we can encourage one another and be an accountability group. I personally need the accountability part of it. Knowing that others are coming to see what I'm up to is very motivational; otherwise, I may not finish it on my own. Some projects may be easier for you than others and may allow you to catch up. But if you don't, don't get discouraged. Just keep on going. This is a low pressure group. I want everyone to have fun and also enjoy visiting one another.
And please do a blog post about your participation in the group inviting others to join. Please give a link to my blog for those who may wish to join so they can come here and get the details and sign in. I am keeping a master list of all participants.

Each week do a post of your progress as you go through the book. Please either include links to the other participants in your posts each week or keep them posted in your side bar or you can give the link to my blog in each progress post stating that the master list is on my blog that way everyone can click around and visit all of the other participants' blogs and see everyone's progress for encouragement, inspiration and to encourage.

A real easy way to do the linking would be to have a separate blog list from your main one labeled The Artistic Mother Group and keep all of the participants on that list on your sidebar. Then you don't have to put the links in every progress post. That's what I'm going to do. Each progress post I make, at the end of the post, I will list any new participants. So please check my blog each week for the new comers so you can update your participants' list.

Other things to be doing before we get started: Buy the book if you haven't already, start reading it, start gathering a stash of papers: newspapers, magazines, flyers, ticket stubs, scrap booking stickers, etc., to be used in future projects. The first project will have us making background papers.

Be sure and check my blog often for updates and notes of encouragement.

I am signing up as follower and putting you on my blog list so I can know when you post, and I am adding your name to the list right now.

Again, I am so glad you could join us. See you on March 6th, our launch date.

Note: Due to copyright laws, we are not allowed to do tutorials or step-by-step photos of the projects on our blogs or take photos of the pages in the book and post them. You may post a photo of your version of the project and talk about your experiences and feelings relating to it.

Also, if you are doing this project with a friend, each person must have their book unless you are doing it together under the same roof. No photocopying of the book, please.

Robin said...

I like the trip advisor too. I haven't tried the Travel for Kids site before, so maybe I'll check it out the next time we go somewhere.

Brenda @ Tie That Binds Us said...

Hi Dana,
I'm looking for a way to contact you via email about an opening at Curriculum Choice. One of our writers nominated you to be asked to join our team. Could you get back to me if you want more info? Thank you, Dana.

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