Camping: it’s not so bad

Camping: it’s not so bad

I would like to dedicate this entry to any woman who thinks she may not be the “camping type.”  I wasn’t the camping type, either.  If I had the choice between sleeping in a dirty tent and smelling like ashy firewood, or waking up in a nice fluffy white bed with indoor plumbing, obviously I’d…

Shoes, shoes, shoes

Shoes, shoes, shoes

The pair of shoes you choose to wear while traveling can determine if your trip will be pleasant or miserable.  Believe it or not, on my first trip to Italy I chose to wear moccasins (also known as fancy house slippers) on a sightseeing day in Rome.  We walked all over the city from sun…

Packing cubes: a travel must

Packing cubes: a travel must

I can’t say enough about the importance of purchasing packing cubes.  They are the beginner’s step to staying organized and packing light.  There are many different kinds.  My husband has Rick Steves cubes, and I have the eBags I purchased on Amazon.   This is of one of the smaller cubes I use for my dedicates, socks, tights and pajamas.

My favorite travel bag

My favorite travel bag

I’m always on the lookout for a versatile bag.  I was looking for a bag that would double as a tote bag and a backpack.  I have found lots of bags that double as messenger bags and backpacks, but I couldn’t find one that was a tote and a backpack.  I like totes for when I’m at…

How to save money on travel books

How to save money on travel books

A good guidebook can be the difference between an extremely frustrating trip, and a very simple one.  I’ve had poor guidebooks that have left me tons of unanswered questions, terrible maps, inaccurate pricing information and wrong train timetables. Looking for a good guidebook with the information you need can be a challenge.  Sometimes it involves getting five…

Tips for cheaper airfare

Tips for cheaper airfare

International airport in Atlanta I wish I had a dime for every article I’ve read about the secrets to getting low airfare.  There are a lot of theories out there, but from what I’ve read, there are no real answers on how this works.  The prices go up and down and people try to predict…

To the Part-time Travelers

To the Part-time Travelers

A lot of the travel blogs I read are from men and women who are full-time travelers.  These are people who have left their homes and decided to be full-time nomads.  They stay all over the world, sometimes for months at a time.  They may have a home base, but they don’t really have a…

Secrets to using TripAdvisor

Secrets to using TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is one of my favorite travel-related sites.  It’s kind of the Wikipedia of traveling, in that it’s people like you and I who are writing reviews and feeding information.  It’s a place to see actual photographs of a hotel or place taken by real people, not the company itself.  It has all the information about…

Outfit Combinations

Outfit Combinations

In my experience, there are three kinds of travelers when it comes to fashion: 1. Safari-style clothing wearers.  These are the people who raid REI and only wear hiking style clothing no matter where they go.  Example: these are the people you see inside the British Museum wearing trekking pants and their Keen sandals.  …

Souvenir Ideas

Souvenir Ideas

If you’re not a “wish you were here” t-shirt person or if you’re not interested in the tacky souvenirs, consider thinking outside of the box.     I am a subscriber to Birchbox and every month I get a nice cardboard box with samples in it.  I save these boxes because they’re just too nice to throw…

Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my site!

Since my first trip overseas to Italy in 2008, I was hooked on traveling.  I began wandering through the travel book section of my local library weekly, while watching as many Rick Steves’ Europe episodes as I could.  I guess you could say that traveling became one of my most favorite hobbies.  

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