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Old 07-28-2014, 08:07 PM
 
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Two ways:

1) Used to belong to a travel club that specialized in get-aways without disclosing the destination beforehand. You booked the trip, paid the tab, and they'd tell you at the last minute what clothes to pack for the weather ahead. They'd tell you to bring your passport if needed. I was not disappointed with their choices in destination, lodging, etc. Went to London once this way, Hawaii on another trip. Friends saw all of Europe, Middle East and the Mediterranean countries over the years with this company ... but they had a lot more time and finances than I did.

2) Have had many a weekend where I headed to the airstrip for a visitation with my airplane. With clothing and camping gear loaded, a couple of bicycles, and food in a cooler we were ready for anything. Kinda' just followed our noses for clear weather and a place of interest. Just as easily wound up in WY, MT, CO, ID, NM, AZ, or CA for a weekend spur-of-the-moment trip. Wound up visiting places as diverse as Carlsbad Caverns to Pioneer Village to CDA ID to Lake Pend'Oreille to San Diego ... just on the whim of travels. Had several trips to Portland OR and outside of Seattle, WA, too.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:52 AM
 
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Back in the 1970s, I used to take last minute trips all the time. Back then there were "student standby" fares. Sometimes I'd just go to the airport and hop on a plane to New York City, or, I'd just go to some random place for the heck of it. Nowadays, I usually take at least one day to plan a trip.
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:31 AM
 
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I know the people that I know can do such things are airline employees that have access to standby tickets. Otherwise, it is pretty impractical these days to do that.
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