Planning is the secret to a successful vacation, especially when you're headed for a playground the size of Southern California. You can't see it all or do it all, and you'll experience even less if you arrive without a plan. And gosh darn it, planning is also wonderful fun. It increases anticipation and starts the excitement months before your vacation begins.
Your plan begins by learning about your destination. While no single guidebook can do justice to a topic like Southern California, your PassPorter has all the information a theme park lover can want, and then some. Written to be complete yet compact, your PassPorter may be all the guidebook you need. It's a great companion to other guidebooks—its unique worksheets will keep all your trip information together, no matter how many sources you use to make your plans. You can use your PassPorter as a travel guide, a vacation planner, an organizer, a trip journal, and a keepsake. We designed it for frequent use—you can take it with you and relive your fond memories after your trip. Personalize it with your plans, notes, souvenirs, and memories. The PassPorter is the ultimate guide—before, during, and after your vacation.
This first chapter helps you with the initial planning stage: gathering information and budgeting. Your PassPorter then continues through the planning stages in order of priority. Sprinkled throughout are ways to personalize your trip, little-known tips, and magical vacation memories.
Above all else, have fun with your plans. Don't get so bogged down with planning and recording that you miss the spontaneous magic of your vacation. And as Robert Burns so appropriately said, "The best-laid plans of mice and men go oft awry." Use your PassPorter to plan ahead and "learn the lay of the land." Then relax and enjoy your Southern California vacation, no matter what it brings.