Friday, May 18, 2012

Travel Tips - On to Kentucky - Saturday, May 5th

From Cannelton, IN we decided to make our way into Kentucky.  While we had wanted to head to Louisville, we learned that we were heading there on absolutely the wrong day... Derby Day.  Being from IL and never having watched a horse race in my life, I had no idea that the Kentucky Derby is the first Saturday of May.  I was more focused on finding a Margarita in celebration of Cinco de Mayo and my cousins wedding! So... we rerouted our journey to Elizabethtown, KY, just outside Louisville, but far enough away that we could still find somewhere to stay.   I quickly started calling places and was happen to hear the Ramada had a couple cancelations!  So below are a couple things we learned that day.

1. If you are going to be traveling last minute, don't go somewhere that is having it's biggest celebration of the year unless you already have a room!

2.  Sometimes staying in towns that are just outside a major population center means better hotel rates.

3.  Even if a hotel says online that they are booked, try calling, cancelations happen all the time.

4. GPS is wonderful.  Not only do Chad and I both us navigation programs on our phones, I always have my Tom Tom on standby.

5. Sometimes, you lose GPS signal and cell service, always carry a map and have some sort of clue where you want to go

6. Be aware of major holidays and events wherever you are traveling... good deals and fun times are around every corner.

7.  There are some great apps out there... use them.  Find Me Gluten Free and a hotel finding app were our friends through our whole trip.

8. The internet is full of wonderful things.  websites like this give you some great ideas of unique places to stop along your way.

9.  With the necessary tools and a little common sense, a last minute vacation can be a blast!

That's all my tips for now... more to come with future adventures.

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