Travel Planning Links

Thu 08 March 2012

Mom and have started trip planning. I wish I'd known about these last time.

Membership Has Its Privileges

Member freebies from AAA

My to-dos include renewing my passport. AAA give members a free set of passport photos, which cost between $10 and $15. The clerk snapped a great photo, one I won't mind having for the next ten years.

In addition, AAA provides free maps and guidebooks. Did I mention I'm going to drive in Ireland? ( Attention, Ireland: best to stay off the street for a while. And possibly the sidewalks.) AAA can also help make car reservations.

Passport Paperwork Online

The State Department passport pages guided me to the correct renewal form to use. It will walk you through the application and create a printable PDF with your information. Total time at the post office: 2 minutes. ( I had to borrow their stapler.)

You can check the status of your passport online.

Bargain Hunting

Would tickets be cheaper if we went at a different time? Here are some updated tools to check. I didn't discover any amazing deals, but they confirmed I'd found a good price.

Hear From Them That's Been There

Meet, Plan, Go has free local meetups throughout the year. The Boston meetup is tonight! Last month I spoke with someone who's been to Ireland several times to visit family. She gave me some pointers for where to go off the beaten path.

Category: Getting There