One of the best experiences of travel is also one of the most stressful to plan… your accommodation!

Accommodation Guides

  • Why is Better than Hotel Brand Loyalty - I have found in my travels that hotel brand loyalty is far inferior to the system that has to offer!
  • The Ultimate Pros and Cons of Hostels - I’ve got your quick and honest list of hostel pros and cons right here!
  • The Best Hotel Luxuries - There's nothing better than coming back after a long day to a freshly-made bed... that I didn't have to make! That is luxury to me. What says luxury to you?
  • The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Hotel Rewards - Hotels can be the most expensive part of a vacation. Depending on the type of hotel and the length of your stay, you could be paying more for the hotel than for the plane ticket to get there! But there’s good news: hotel rewards!
  • Legendary Hotels of the World - If you've read my post about how to choose accommodations, you know the most stressful part of travel for me is choosing hotels! But the fact of the matter is simple: you have to stay somewhere.
  • Your Ultimate Guide to Accommodations - Stop muddling through accommodation websites and follow these guidelines to find your best sleeping solution when traveling.

Bed and Breakfasts


  • Staying at the Hanalei Colony Resort, Kauai: Everything You Need to Know - We stayed here for three nights on our recent trip to beautiful Kauai, and we already can't wait to return!
  • All You Need to Know about Staying at Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort, Marathon - Here's what it's like staying at Tranquility Bay.
  • All You Need to Know About Staying at the Historic Hotel Walton, Carthage, TN - I wanted to stay here from the time I was a little girl, and my dream finally came true!
  • All You Need to Know about Staying at Casa Morada, Islamorada - Here's what it's like to stay at Casa Morada Resort in the Florida Keys!
  • All You Need to Know about the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort - Here's our experience at the resort!
  • Everything You Need to Know about Staying at the Castle Hotel in Orlando - Here's our experience staying at this boutique hotel near the Disney World Parks!
  • Everything You Need to Know about Staying at the Southernmost House, Key West - We ended up booking a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast in Key West!
  • The Ultimate Pros and Cons of Staying in a Hotel - Here’s my quick and honest look at the pros and cons of staying in a hotel!
  • What It’s Like Staying at the Hotel del Coronado - We celebrated our semi-return to travel witha stay at the elegant, legendary, beautiful Hotel del Coronado!
  • What It’s Like Staying at a Hotel During the Pandemic - Here's what it's like and what to expect!
  • Staying at the Peabody Hotel Memphis - When I think of the Peabody Hotel, I think of ducks. And actually, when I think of ducks, I think of the Peabody! The ducks are certainly their signature, but the Peabody has even more to offer! I remember staying here with my family once when I was maybe four, so maybe that's why the ducks made such an impression. I recently got to go back to the Peabody for a long weekend with my family, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to tell you all about it! So here it is: The Peabody Hotel, Memphis.
  • Staying at Temple des Arts - ou could imagine my delight when I found out there was a movie-themed hotel in Morocco! And you could imagine my excitement again when it worked out for us to stay there one night on our way to the Sahara! Here's the whole experience, complete with photos and movie links!
  • Staying at Hotel Sacher Salzburg - I have to tell you, after an 8-hour red-eye flight, 3-hour train journey (with change!), and 20-minute walk from the train station, I'm not sure I can express to you how wonderful it was to be met at the door by a gentleman in a top hat, have the door opened for us, and be greeted with smiles from everyone!
  • Staying at Riad Mazar Fes - Y’all, there are a LOT of riads in every major city in Morocco, and it seemed almost impossible to choose one in Fes. Location is important to us, as are air conditioning, private ensuite bathroom, positive reviews, etc. It was overwhelming to sift through all the possibilities!
  • Why I Will Not Recommend La Mamounia, Marrakech - This is the single worst hotel experience Steve and I have ever had. You know I like to keep my blog positive, and I get really excited about special experiences when we travel, so we had been looking very forward to our stay at La Mamounia for months. It was voted the #1 hotel in the world in 2018, but we have to disagree in the strongest possible terms.
  • Staying at Ayers Rock Resort: Sails in the Desert - There is exactly one place to stay if you want to visit Uluru, and that is Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara. There are actually eight accommodations of various price ranges on the property, and guests of each location have access to the amenities of all the locations!
  • Staying at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast - Belfast, for the Titanic Museum! And, as it turns out, there is only one place to stay: The Titanic Hotel Belfast, of course! So that's what we did. Thankfully, our trip was a success with no icebergs in sight!
  • Everything You Need to Know About Staying at the Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki - If you've ever been to Waikiki, you've definitely seen "the Pink Hotel," which is the Royal Hawaiian! It's one of the oldest resorts in the world, and of course one of the first in Hawaii. Steve suggested we should stay here for our 5th anniversary, and it was really something special!
  • Staying at the Legendary Savoy Hotel, London - It's true! Steve and I got to stay at the legendary Savoy Hotel in London. You know it's fancy when the address is simply, "The Savoy, London," no further instruction needed.
  • Staying at the Trump International, D.C. - What is the best hotel experience you've ever had? I've stayed in quite a few hotels and various other accommodations---everything from hostels and Air BnBs to real bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels! My favorites have one thing in common: history! I just love staying in a place steeped in history, seeing unexpected pieces preserved, and being inspired by the places that have withstood the test of time.
  • Staying at the Trapp Family Lodge - My husband recently made a life-long dream of mine come true. We stayed at the Trapp Family Lodge during peak foliage season! You know how sometimes your dreams seem out of reach, or that you simply don't deserve them, even if that's not true? I guess I always figured they were booked up years in advance, and there was no hope of getting a room during the fall. But we got in! We got to stay at the lodge on the property where the Von Trapp Family from The Sound of Music settled after escaping the Nazis. It was wonderful!
  • Our Experience at Four Seasons Singapore - I'm letting you in on the very best part of our recent trip: The Four Seasons Singapore. This is not a sponsored post, and we did not receive anything for free from this property or its employees. We were simply blown away by the service and accommodations that we want to return the favor and tell everyone where we think you should stay on your next trip to lovely Singapore.

Vacation Rentals

  • The Ultimate Pros and Cons of Vacation Rentals - A little something to help you figure out if a vacation rental may be right for you!
  • Staying at George Washington’s Townhouse, Alexandria, VA - Your favorite traveling history nerd (that's me) finally got to stay at the George Washington Townhouse in my beloved Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. You read that right: George Washington actually slept there!
  • Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp: Glamping in the Moroccan Sahara - It took a little convincing, but I managed to get my husband to agree to go glamping! That's right, glamorous camping. It's one of the only ways to experience the Moroccan Sahara, and there are several companies that offer tours. We chose Merzouga Luxury Desert Camps.
  • Your Ultimate Guide to Vacation Rentals - Have you started using vacation rentals instead of traditional hotels yet? My sweet husband and I have finally bounded into the 21st century and gotten on board with vacation rentals!
  • A Peek Inside the Mailander House - It's Throwback Thursday, and since I've had some people wanting to know more about our stay at the Mailander House, I decided to write a post about our stay to complement our post about the owners' experience living there! So, my friends, here's a sneak peek inside Fixer Upper's Season 1 Mailander House, also known as the Bicycle House!

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