When I was a child of about 5-6, my father was stationed at a military base in Ditton Priors England where we lived for about a year. We later moved to another base in Nancy France before returning to the USA. I can remember bits and pieces of living and traveling around Europe during that time and occasionally take similar photos of places I visited as a child.
Out of college I
worked from American and then United
Airlines as a software engineer.
Working for an airline gave me the
opportunity to travel easily and
inexpensively although I was flying
standby waiting and hoping for an
available seat. During this time,
I made frequent trips to Hawaii and
other locations around the country.
My first trip to Europe as an adult was
with some airline friends to Frankfurt
Germany. We made Frankfurt our
base as we explored the city and took
day trips to other locations such as the
Rhine River Valley and Heidelberg.
Looking back, our travel plans were very inefficient as we wasted a lot of time driving to and from Innsbruck. We had rented a car which was much slower and far more expensive than taking the train (trains were an unknown to us at the time) and we were paying for the car on days we were not using it. We also made the mistake of not planning time to stop at interesting places we saw along the way. We also did not plan time to explore the town of Fusson as we had only planned to visit the castles in the morning before returning to Frankfurt in the evening.
At the Neuschwanstein castle, you can walk the steep curvy road to the top (which is not really that bad), or pay to take a horse drawn wagon. We chose the tourist wagon as it looked like fun and it was raining quite hard at the time. In the wagon, there were a few other people who were also Americans in the military stationed in Germany. We got to talking with them and told them our plans for the remainder of our trip. They gave us some advice on what to do rather than returning to Frankfurt. They said our trip would be far more interesting and enjoyable if we avoided the large city of Frankfurt and spent more time in some of the smaller out of the way towns we would pass along the way. They suggested driving the Romantic Road stopping in various locations and stay the night in the small medieval town of Rothenberg ob der Tauber. We decided to take their advice and were glad we did. This change to our plans completely changed the way we travel and hooked us on European travel and exploration. In Rothenberg we were able to find a hotel outside the city walls and they worked with our hotel back in Frankfurt to change our reservations for the remainder of our trip.
From this trip, we realized what European Travel was all about, creating a flexible itinerary and stopping to see and explore interesting things you may find along the way. We started taking annual trips to Europe to explore different locations. With each trip, we started analyzing our travel techniques and experimenting with ways to improve and make them more efficient. Hauling around a large suitcase was not the way to go. We witnessed some travelers struggle with multiple large and heavy bags while others simply had a backpack and could easily navigate crowds and cobblestone streets. We thought this was the way to go and it meant rethinking what to bring and how to pack.
On each new trip, we perfected how we travelled, not only with our luggage, but how we planned and organized our activities. We switched to a rolling suitcase having a telescoping handle that could also be worn as a backpack but it could be uncomfortable and definitely did not look cool walking around with something that looked like a piece of luggage strapped to your back. Through many trips and much experimentation, we were finally able to find Backpacks with the characteristics we needed for our travels. Travel became so much more enjoyable and simpler once we had the right type of pack and perfected what we carried with us and how we packed it.
Years later, I returned to the travel industry, but not to an actual airline. In my position at the time, I was offered the opportunity to live and work at our corporate offices in England for a period of 3 years. This would be a corporate move to and from England where the company would pack us up, take care of all the logistics including visas, bank accounts, taxes and assisting with finding a place to stay. We had always kicked around the idea of moving to Europe one day, so when this opportunity came about, we could not pass it up.
During our time in England, we devoted as much time as we could to travel. We took easy day trips, single city trips and complex multi-city/country trips all meticulously self-planned down to the last detail. With all our travel, we had our trip planning and how we packed down to an art. Everything was fine tuned and went like clockwork. Not only did we organize our own trips, but we planned and led trips for others during this time.
From our love of travel and all our experiences, I wanted to create a way that would automate and mimic the thought process we used when planning and booking our trips. Not only should the website guide you through the planning process, but it should also provide Tips & Tricks helping you become a better and smarter traveler. I also wanted to eliminate the need to carry pages and pages of pager containing your plans, maps and itinerary information adding weight and taking up valuable room in your backpack. I was able to do this by creating a detailed Trip Profile page that can be printed (as a backup) listing only the important information you need while on your trip. The most important and valuable tool you will use is our Mobile Trip Profile that when configured correctly will guide you step-by-step throughout your entire journey.
For every trip we plan, we utilize the website to help research, plan and track our bookings. Our Mobile Trip Profile is an invaluable tool that guides us along our travels every step of the way. We hope that you find our website as useful as we do and we welcome your thoughts and comments.