It’s a moment of truth for Trips By Lance. You want to know pressure? Try planning someone’s two-week honeymoon to Europe, a trip ending this week with what I hope is lots of romance in Paris.
Will the newlyweds be satisfied with the apartment in Rome, their first destination of this three-country tour? Will they be happy with any of the restaurant recommendations in Paris? Will they follow the long list of London attractions I advised them to walk to, only to end up collapsing from exhaustion?
I can’t think of many worse things as a travel planner than for a couple to follow my advice for a honeymoon only to come home dreading that decision. Some nine months ago, I had a couple place their faith in me to help them plan a dream two-week honeymoon to Europe.
I had just months before launched this trip-planning business and here they were trusting me for such a momentous occasion. I was excited and up to the task. It was this kind of momentous trip that I started Trips By Lance as a trip-planning business. And having just returned from Paris and London I knew how magical the cities would be for a couple to spend their first days of marriage in.
My friends — who started out only as social media friends but after spending three-fourths of the past year planning this magical adventure with me have become friends — are in Paris as I type this. They come home Saturday. As far as I can tell through a few emails and Facebook posts, the trip is going great. I certainly hope so.
It’s funny that we worked on ths trip plan for nine months. I have no idea what pregnancy, labor and child birth is like, although as a father I do have some perspective on those magical nine months. I guess planning this honeymoon was my own pregnancy of sorts: laboring long hours late at night researching apartments, restaurants and coming up with an itinerary for a trip only to see it finally delivered after those nine months.
No, I wouldn’t be making this trip, but in a way I’ve felt like I am. When I received an email last week talking about how wonderful a walking tour that was a last-minute add was, I smiled. After my friends were able to experience a Manchester United game at Old Trafford Stadium — even though it was a loss — I was proud for him.
Thanks to email, I also somewhat experienced the ups and downs of their apartment check-in at the Paris apartment when a key mix up delayed check in by two hours, only to be made up for somewhat by the apartment manager paying for my friends’ taxi ride to the ballet that evening. In the end they were happy and that’s all that matters.
The plan started out with ideas of locations, but nothing set in stone. An English football fan, we knew a visit to London to catch a match was high on the list. Paris was desirable, but not mandatory. Other ideas? Well, there was the French Riviera, Rome, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, French wine regions and a few others I can’t recall.
Knowing anyone is willing to put their faith in the trip-planning services and writing found at Trips By Lance is something taken very seriously. As a journalist, I pride myself in the trust the public puts in the work I find myself associated.
And about that honeymoon, am I nervous? You bet. While the two-week trip to Rome, London and Paris isn’t my trip many times over the past nine months it’s seemed like it was. I want nothing more than for my friends to have experienced the honeymoon of their dreams. I hope in these last few days it finishes out that way.