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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Travel Tuesday - Meet the Cranky Flier

Words by Jennifer Stein
Words by Brett Snyder

Let me be clear about one thing. I am not a wedding guy. Don’t get me wrong – I’m thrilled to be guest blogging here, because I know how closely weddings and travel are tied together. See, I was married just about a year ago, and there was a ton of travel involved.

My wife and I live in sunny Southern California, a beautiful place for an October wedding. But of course, we decided to go elsewhere. Our decision to get married in the Napa Valley meant there were countless planning trips to find the venue and nail down the details. It was fantastic, but it ended up being a fair bit of work.

Then we had to find hotels for our guests (not a cheap thing in wine country during the crush, I might add) and help them fly in from places as far away as London. It took a look of work, but of course, it was worth it. Coordinating travel must be brutal for those of you who don’t live it and love it. (I’ll just guess most of you don’t consider yourselves to be an airline dork like I do.)
Planning becomes even more difficult if you’re putting together a wedding off the beaten path. Maybe a surfing wedding in Chile? How about a volunteering wedding in the jungles of Africa? They all have one thing in common. You have to get there.

So I’ll be writing here every couple of weeks to try and demystify the entire travel planning experience around weddings. I’ll post tips and tricks, deals, and more. Of course, not all travel planning is painful. There’s always the best part of the wedding to plan as far as I’m concerned . . . the honeymoon.

I’ll cover all these things and more over the next few months. If you have questions or suggested topics for me, you can always email me at cf@crankyflier.com or come visit me on my site, The Cranky Flier.

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