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What is this website all about?

Plan, Ready, Go was founded in 2019 with a simple goal. To help busy professionals make the most of their limited time available for travel. We do that in the following ways:

  • Providing travel inspiration and ideas for great U.S. destinations for short trips, weekend getaways, and city breaks.
  • Providing short itineraries designed to help those with limited time see the best that each destination has to offer.
  • Providing essential travel tips and advice to help you travel with confidence so you’re spending your time enjoying your destination rather than logistics.

What you’ll find here

  • Ridiculously detailed short itineraries for U.S. destinations. I specialize in one-day and weekend getaway itineraries, but you’ll find some longer itineraries as well.
  • Packing lists and guides especially for those who want to pack lighter.
  • Travel planning guides that will help you with every step of planning your trip from choosing a destination and building your budget to creating your itinerary and more.

About Me

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Hi, I’m Darcy.

I’m not your average “travel blogger.” I have a regular full-time job. I have a family and a home to take care of. Like most of you, I love to travel but don’t have nearly as much time for it as I would like.

Over the years I’ve learned to maximize the amount of travel I can do with just a little time. And I can teach you to do the same.

I was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in Snohomish County before setting off on my own for college in Michigan and then my first “real job” in Northern Virginia.

I spent a lot of the two years that I lived in the Washington, DC, area exploring Northern Virginia and Maryland with my friends. Those experiences inspired my lifelong love of exploring historical sites everywhere I go.

After completing my master’s degree, I settled down in Upstate South Carolina, and I’ve been here since 2006.

I married my wonderful Hubby in 2013, and he travels with me on nearly all of my adventures. He also is great at taking LOTS of photos. You’ll see some of them sprinkled about here and there.

We spend most of our time planning trips together, binging shows, and catering to our very demanding fur baby kitty Olivia Rose.

My Promise to You

I do not accept sponsored articles, free trips from tourist boards, comped tours, or free hotel stays in exchange for content.

In fact, I prefer to travel incognito so that no travel vendors, hotels, tour providers, or restaurants I interact with even know that I’m going to be writing about my trip or possibly recommending their services.

That’s why you won’t find a “Work With Me” page anywhere on this website.

You can rest assured that all of my opinions are honest because all of my travel is paid for out of my own pocket.

Darcy Vierow has been featured in…

Contributor: Capital Cities: A Journey Around The World Through 118 Capital Cities

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In the media

My Favorite Plan, Ready, Go Posts

My Favorite U.S. Travel Destinations

My Favorite Other Stuff

  • Very dark, very strong coffee (I’m from Seattle, y’all)
  • Mountains
  • National Parks
  • Reading cozy mystery novels
  • Collecting vinyl records (I’m a sucker for anything U2)
  • Live music

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