Philosophy of Travel

Robin Good

My philosophy of travel encompasses several factors: Number one - one trip to FRANCE is never enough.... you will return (over and over) - accept it and move on. Number two - see as much as you can in a limited amount of time, but don't forget to relax...It's only after many many trips to FRANCE, that I've started spending several days in one place (other than the big cities). Number three - Off peak travel is my preference and has many perks - weather can be a plus, fewer crowds, lower prices, more availability, less congestion. Number four - Drive (unless it's a very short trip). Combine it with train travel if you must, but driving gives you the freedom to stop when you wish, the freedom to leave when you desire, the freedom to pull over for a picnic or stop at a winery or pop in to a local shop for a fresh baguette -- the ability to enjoy FRANCE at your own pace. Granted, my pace is fast - I try to see as much as possible (I've slowed down a bit - learning to relax more), but my philosophy is based on the fact that I will be returning (again and again to France). Number five - This is foreign travel. Don't expect this to be anything like the United States - It's not...foreign travel requires that you accept and rejoice in the differences between your country and theirs - hey, you might even learn something and you might try something new (while there and even when you get home). So, if you feel the need to stay in a hotel that is typically American, then perhaps this is not the site for you. But don't leave just yet - my goal is to have you safe, comfortable, happy and experiencing FRANCE in the most positive way, but also learning to travel with ease and independence. I recommend many types of hotels and I urge you to try what I call "the sublime to the ridiculous" rule that allows you to travel at your best.... by this I mean: stay at a locally owned bed and breakfast with great comfort and charm (I totally recommend this and I love them), the money you save at these hotels allows you to stay at some of the best hotels for much less (again, think off peak).... or stay at a farm for a totally different experience and price. You have to get slices of FRANCE to get a complete experience - an experience you will not get from a large chain hotel (for the most part). The goal is to make memories, learn to travel well and have a relaxed and good time in FRANCE. If it's your first trip, I have several itineraries that will allow you to spend time in the major cities (Paris of course - and others) but will add a few small (and magical) towns along the way. The best way to "learn and love" FRANCE is to see the way the people live (and live they do)! You can do that by adding some "out of the way" places to your already terrific trip. Whatever your interest or desire, I have a trip for you. If it's your second or third trip, you may get more adventurous, but still include major cities that you've fallen in love with. Fourth or fifth trip? Have I got some unbelievable places for you! Tell me the places you want/must go, the things you want to see and do and I'll develop a trip that works for you and the time you have to spend in France. Don't be afraid to travel and don't be afraid to dream about it...Bon Voyage!


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