Hello, again. My life has wandered through many holidays and mountains of snow since my last post. Today I’m planning our summer camping adventure to California. For those of you who mix up the hotels and camping experiences, I’ve just read an article that I’d like to share.
If you’d like to know how to find a clean hotel that doesn’t break the bank, read this article from About.com: http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/calodging/a/we_choose_hotel.htm.
These travel writers taught me how to use the website www.tripadvosor.com.
Here is my take-away:
- Google your hotel and find the tripadvisor.com source for the hotel.
- The first line will show:
- The number of circles filled in – you want 3 1/2 or more.
- The number of reviews – you want more than 30 reviews for the above circles to be reliable.
- The average price indicated by the number of $ signs.
- Look for the ratings on this preview: 23 out of 108 (hotels in this city). The lower the number, the better.
- If all of the above information make you feel pretty good about this hotel, click on the link and look at both the cleanliness and value ratings.
I’m feeling much more confident about booking a hotel for a couple of days in San Francisco before we rent a camper and head out to Yosemite National Park for a week!
The photo says it all. I freeze two or three refilled Tropicana containers a few days before we leave. They are usually filled with water, but sometimes I make one with sun tea or gatorade. Remember to leave a few inches of air at the top for expansion.
Commercially bottled water bottles can be tossed into the freezer unopened, as can go-gurts. On day two of your get-away, you’ll have a nice supply of iced cold water from home. They do a nice job keeping picnic supplies cold, but you might want a big bag of ice to cool uncooked meat.
T Minus Two Weeks
In just two short weeks, we’ll be leaving for Glacier National Park. Every year I think we should spend more time anticipating the vacation of the year, but this year it’s gone on too long. I can’t wait to get in the van and head west! So, that being said, I have decided to try something new with our kids – blogging our 19 day trip.
Tripit plans and reservations are done. We’ll enjoy a hotel stay or two on the way out so we can pack-in the miles. I highly recommend Tripit for anyone who loves researching travel destinations like I do!
I’ve collected a few, new crafty ideas on Pinterest. This weekend I’ll do a couple little things like put together this cute little car caddy I pinned from Brown Paper Packages. I’m not at all a sewer and my teens can customize this with hand sanitizer, a Ziploc with ear buds/hair elastic/lip gloss, brush, mad-money in a wallet/holder, granola bars and a couple pens.
Oh, and I should bake/freeze some chocolaty bar cookies for the road. Any other thoughts? Hmmm. Maybe I should get some serious walking in, too, before all that sitting and hiking. Bahahahah!
See you soon!