Travel Tip #7: Consider booking the room with a view

I used to try to find the cheapest room in the best location. After all, the room is only where you sleep while your not out exploring and adventuring, right? Like this room in Thailand was just fine for me: I recently changed my mind about booking the cheapest room, because I realized I canContinue reading “Travel Tip #7: Consider booking the room with a view”

These are our 5 favorite airlines. Here’s why.

We just had a challenging experience with two partner airlines that blamed each other for the many things that didn’t go smoothly on our round-trip flights. Check in was a hassle, seat selection was a hassle, and they had a “not my problem” attitude even though we didn’t make any changes or do anything otherContinue reading “These are our 5 favorite airlines. Here’s why.”

60 at 40: A Life of Wonder and Wander

July 10, 2018. Today I celebrate life for so many reasons. A decade ago I turned 30. I was a free spirit and had great experiences, but I was lost. Surrounded by love but always pushing it away—preferring to keep everyone at a distance. Exactly two months after my 30th birthday I was in aContinue reading “60 at 40: A Life of Wonder and Wander”

Travel Tip #6: Consider booking transport in segments to save. Here are 5 recent examples from our own experiences.

Airfare is one of the most expensive purchases for a trip. That’s why we do so much research before booking. Here are some of the ways we’ve recently saved a ton of money by doing more than plugging our starting and ending points into a search engine. Now we can take even more trips!

Travel Tip #5: Update Your Map 🗺

This one has saved us abroad more than once. Either before you leave home or while you’re at the hotel with Wi-Fi, make sure to update Google Maps with the city you will be exploring. Once it’s downloaded, you can see where you are through GPS on the map, even when you’re offline. This hasContinue reading “Travel Tip #5: Update Your Map 🗺”

Travel Tip #4: Book your trip directly through the airline because …

You may have access to upgrades, online changes and other perks you won’t have if you use a third-party booking site. For example, we like to purchase upgraded seats and early boarding. We travel so much that the money we spend on this can save us a lot of time, provide a lot more comfortContinue reading “Travel Tip #4: Book your trip directly through the airline because …”

Travel Tip #2: Buy A Universal Adapter

Don’t leave home without this universal travel adapter. I take it with my everywhere I go—domestically and internationally. Not only does it work in every country, but it also has two USB ports and a regular plug, so I can charge my phone, earbuds and laptop all at once. Sometimes it’s hard to find moreContinue reading “Travel Tip #2: Buy A Universal Adapter”

Travel Tip # 1: Pay in the Local Currency

When using a credit card internationally, always have the vendor charge you in the local currency. The conversion rate the vendor offers for your home currency may be a lot more that you’d otherwise pay. If you have a credit card that doesn’t charge international transaction fees, use it whenever you can. It will giveContinue reading “Travel Tip # 1: Pay in the Local Currency”

Catching and Sharing the Travel Bug

I caught the travel bug long ago. There’s no cure, and I’m happy about that. I’m even more excited about how contagious the travel bug is. For many years I traveled solo—staying by myself in big cities and hopping on tours to see the countryside and waterways of the world. Now, I have a travelContinue reading “Catching and Sharing the Travel Bug”