What is "idyll travel"?

I am what I like to call a "recreational planner". Some thought will pop into my head - "you should be an astronaut", say - and I will spend a few hours reading about what it would take to make this plan a reality. This can be fun, but it can also become a sort of pornography, voyeuristic pleasure about an experience that isn't mine.

One day, the thought popped into my head that I should spend my thirty-second birthday in Vienna. I'd never been to Vienna, but I'd heard great things about it. An imperial city, full of culture and history and food. The capital of Europe for centuries.

By coincidence, I was invited to a workshop in Munich. I'm a three hour train ride away from Vienna the week before my birthday, and now I have to go.

About three months before my birthday, I decided on the Vienna trip. I ended up staying in a five star hotel, seeing palaces and eating food and wandering through museums created by European nobility and drinking coffee in a café frequented by the likes of Sigmund Freud and Leon Trotsky. There was Wagnerian opera and crowns for long-dead empires and an entire museum floor of Egon Schiele's art.

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Self-portrait by Egon Schiele - Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH., Public Domain, Wikimedia

I did this with minimal planning, existing savings, hotel points, and some strategy. This is idyll travel - the ability to take the trip you want to take without having to stress about every detail. This site is about setting up systems that automate your travel, so you can go on vacation without having to spend months or even a year planning all the details.

Travel in the twenty-first century is as accessible as it's ever been. A universal translator is now an app for your smart phone. The world is connected by airlines so completely that you can start in any country in the world and end up in any other country within two days. The so-called "millennial" generation has more access to the world than any previous generation. Idyll travel is about making the most of these opportunities.