For every perfect travel moment there are probably five travel lessons learned the hard way.
Mine is sticking too close to the travel budget when opportunity beckons. Several years ago I was staying overnight in exquisite Strasbourg, in eastern France bordering Germany, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Unfortunately, I arrived on a day in between the hotel’s sponsored Rhine River Valley tours that I had so very much wanted to join. But I didn’t want to blow my budget by staying an extra night–possibly two–so I left disappointed the next day. Looking back, I should have spent the extra money (not a huge amount) and grabbed the opportunity to visit this glorious region. Instead, I saved a few bucks and have regretted the loss ever since. Penny wise, pound foolish….