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What's the catholic/encompassing/general term for these travel essentials? 'Travel items' is wrong; they refer to actual physical objects. 'Travel necessities' is also wrong; they technically aren't mandatory for travel. To wit, what are some nouns that can replace all of the bolded:

Could I please return to you about attending your ceremony only after you decide on its location? I ask because the availability of hotels, flights, car rentals, .... might prove difficult to book once I learn about the location at a later date.

Please also advise if I can improve the writing in the above quote, especially the last sentence?

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    I'd say "... after I've worked out the details of my itinerary". – Dan Bron Nov 18 '14 at 13:37
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    By the way, the word "catholic" isn't used the way you're using it here in English any more. In contemporary English, "Catholic" is used exclusively as a proper noun for a particular religion or set of religious traditions. – Dan Bron Nov 18 '14 at 13:41
  • @DanBron Thank you for your advice once again! Did I misunderstand or misuse definition 1 at oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/catholic? Or is it just obsolete? – Greek - Area 51 Proposal Nov 18 '14 at 13:59
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    @Up, no, you understood correctly; it is simply that that definition is now obsolete. – Dan Bron Nov 18 '14 at 14:00
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    @DanBron When did'st thou declare it obsolete, King Dan? I must have missed its announcement in the newspaper. – WS2 Nov 18 '14 at 14:06
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Arrangements (Travel arrangements) is the word you need.

Could I please return to you about attending your ceremony only after you decide on its location? I ask because travel arrangements might prove difficult to book once I learn about the location at a later date.


I can't find an easy source of a definition of 'travel arrangements' but here's a quote from Wikipedia.

In addition to dealing with ordinary tourists most travel agencies have a separate department devoted to making travel arrangements for business travelers and some travel agencies specialize in commercial and business travel only.

Wikipedia contributors, "Travel agency," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Travel_agency&oldid=633727772 (accessed November 18, 2014).


Here's a link to a page specifically about travel arrangements. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/travel-arrangements-13279.html (from USAToday).

Whether you are booking an exotic vacation or business trip, making travel arrangements can be a chore. It takes time to find the best prices and coordinate logistics through each step of your journey.


And with thanks to JLG here is a definition from "web2.uvcs.uvic.ca"

plans for where and when you are travelling, how you are travelling, and where you are sleeping

which can be found at http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses/glossary/popup.aspx?TermID=13094

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I'd use travel "accommodations". So,

I ask because the availability of travel accommodations might prove difficult.

It's common in travel literature, and it can include all of those sets.

In fact, sense 5 of the link covers the three examples in your post.

However, accomodations shouldn't be confused with "amenities", which would be things like wifi, laundry, kitchen, etc--those luxuries you might find in individual accommodations.

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    The downvote isn't mine, but I will offer a possible explanation: I would usually understand accommodations to refer to places to stay, specifically to spend the night. Flights and car rentals do not come to mind when someone mentions the need to book accommodations. – oerkelens Nov 18 '14 at 14:06

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