travel planning notes

I keep random travel planning notes everywhere, but with this page, I intend to consolidate all my various random ideas, potential destinations, things to do, places to see, hotels to frequent…all in one place. May all this spark some ideas of your own!

“The world is a great book, of which those who never leave home read but a page.”


new york city:
  1. Hotel: The Knickerbocker
  2. Bemelmen’s Bar / Carlyle Hotel (Upper East Side)
  3. Hotel: The Pierre
  4. View the renovations at Cartier NYC / 653 Fifth Avenue
  5. The Millennium Hotel (downtown NYC)
  6. Hotel: Ace Hotel
  7. Smyth Tribeca Hotel

  1. The Newbury Boston (hotel)

train travel:
  1. Four suggested European train routes
  2. Scenic U.S. train routes
  3. The new look Orient Express

domestic travel ideas:
  1. Coast of Maine
  2. Palm Springs, CA
  3. LA (stay at Chateau Marmont)
  4. Take the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle
  5. Gettysburg
  6. Sagamore Hill (when next visiting NYC)
  7. Newport, RI (take Stephanie to the mansions)
  8. San Diego / Coronado (stay at the Hotel Del)
  9. TED conference
  10. Great Lakes cruise / Montreal
  11. Mackinac Island

  1. 9 Hotels along the Amalfi Coast
  2. Things to do in Napoli
  3. Palazzo Avino / Ravello
  4. Hotel Villa Cimbrone / Ravello
  5. Villa Rufolo / Ravello
  6. Regina Isabella Hotel / Ischia
  7. Our very own 2022 trip to Italy
  8. how to obtain permanent residence in italy

other ideas:

photo credit: i took the panoramic shot of positano myself, september 2022. thought it most appropriate for our travel planning notes page…

“For first-time vagabonders, this can be one of the hardest travel lessons to grasp, since it will seem that there are so many amazing sights and experiences to squeeze in. You must keep in mind, however, that the whole point of long-term travel is having the time to move deliberately through the world. Vagabonding is about not merely reallotting a portion of your life for travel but rediscovering the entire concept of time. At home, you’re conditioned to get to the point and get things done, to favor goals and efficiency over moment-by-moment distinction. On the road, you learn to improvise your days, take a second look at everything you see, and not obsess over your schedule.”

Rolf Potts