If you are not traveling overseas, do not disregard the option of traveling by bus or train. Bus and train tickets are usually cheaper than flight tickets and can often provide excellent accommodations. If you are not traveling too far, they can also be a faster means of transportation because you do not have to deal with airport hassles such as security, and frequent flight delays.
It is true that catching the euro-star from London to Paris is quicker than flying, and it almost always works out cheaper as well. Plus you are delivered right into the heart of London or Paris.
If you don’t like to be cut off by the Italian drivers or have pedestrians not minding you as you approach them, then take the provincial roads that are locally referred to as the Strade Provinciali. The alternate routes as offered by the state roads or Strade Statali are also a good option. It is strongly advised that you stay clear of the Autostrades or the Italian superhighways if you don’t like to be stressed out. These are the roads where you are most likely to encounter fast cars with drivers driving too close for comfort.
You will need to get either airline tickets, cheap train tickets (traveling by train can be very romantic), or get the driving directions. Make sure you have reservations at a romantic hotel. For example, if you are going to Miami, try to get a room on the beach. If you are going to Las Vegas, try to get a suite on the Strip at one of the nice hotels. You will have to have the stuff you will need for the weekend packed – including the ring. Hopefully, she will be so excited by the trip, she will think that is what the weekend is about. But, at a great romantic moment, like a walk on the beach or in front of the Bellagio when the fountains are going off, propose to her. If you are in Las Vegas, you can even get married there the same weekend.
Seeing Real Thai Culture from the Train – Trains in Thailand go through parts of the country that you won’t see if you travel by car or by bus. From the train in Thailand, you’ll see workers working in the rice paddies, elephants pulling logs, little kids running along the side of the train waving and, at every station, ordinary Thais just going about their lives. You can also buy a train ticket to a small town in Thailand, get off for an overnight trip, and then get back on the train the following morning to continue your journey. You’ll see places in Thailand most foreigners never see, and experience Thai culture others won’t.
Going directly to the source is a really good idea when booking travel at the last minute. Hotel companies and airlines often have last minute bargains available because they loose money whenever a room or seat sits empty.
You can also give your mom and your dad a chance to relax by providing them with a gift certificate in a restaurant plus a hotel accommodation where they can stay afterwards.