One of the best things about travelling is the excitement that goes with preparing. Contrary to what most people think, the planning process does not have to be hectic once you have the right resources and tools to help you book your flight and hotels, as you gather the essential needs for your trip.
Decades ago I wrote for a magazine whose publisher had difficulty paying his writers - specifically, paying them in cash. He was, however, good at bartering advertising space for goods and services and passing the swag on to those of us who were willing to accept payment in kind. This system enabled Jackie and me to stay in hotels we could never have afforded, such as the Dorchester in London, the Imperial in Tokyo and the George V in Paris (where, unforgettably, our bill for extras - presented with a smile - came to exactly one franc: for a phone call).