travel planning · Travel Tips

What to Know About Your Travel Buddy

I was 26 when I got the feeling: I wanted to share my travel experiences with someone! I was flying from the United States to Turkey, where I would meet up with a friend a few days later. But as I was facing an 11 hour flight, I thought how nice it would be to… Continue reading What to Know About Your Travel Buddy

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5 Essentials for International Travel

You’re excited for your trip! You’re ready to take it all on! You’re looking forward to the experiences you’ll have and the foods you’ll try. You bought cute new clothes and you hope those new shoes will be worn in by the time you leave. And then you start to panic. Even the most experienced… Continue reading 5 Essentials for International Travel

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Travel Mistakes (You May Be Making)

No one likes to be corrected–perhaps especially not me! But no one also likes to do the wrong things–perhaps especially when traveling and being outside of what is familiar. So I’m my sweet, traveling husband and I have put our heads together to come up with a list of mistakes we and others have made… Continue reading Travel Mistakes (You May Be Making)

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Your Ultimate Guide to Vacation Rentals

Have you started using vacation rentals instead of traditional accommodations yet? My sweet husband and I have finally bounded into the 21st century and gotten on board with vacation rentals! Even my parents have been using VRBO for years, and my first HomeAway experience landed my mom and me an opportunity to stay in a… Continue reading Your Ultimate Guide to Vacation Rentals

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How to Plan a Trip

Sometimes when people find out I’m a travel blogger, they get delight in their eyes, smile like they were just given a puppy, and ask, “Do you plan travel for people?!” While I am not a travel agent, I have occasionally helped friends plan their travels. And it can be a lot of fun! It’s… Continue reading How to Plan a Trip

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How to Plan Travel with a Group

It’s Motivation Monday! Someone recently asked for advice on planning travel for her family–three adult children between the ages of 19-25, one with special needs; a mother who loves to shop; a father 35 years older than the mother who loves history but has a hard time getting around, so hiking is not a good… Continue reading How to Plan Travel with a Group

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How to Find Cheap Flights

It’s Travel Tip Tuesday! I get lots of questions from friends about how to find great deals on flights. The truth is, it’s a very volatile market! Prices change rapidly and unexpectedly, and there are so many things to consider: convenience, layover time, airline loyalty, getting or giving up the opportunity to choose your seat,… Continue reading How to Find Cheap Flights

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End Game: Pre-travel Checklist

  It’s Travel Tip Tuesday! This week I’m filling you in on some travel tips most people may not think about–the stuff you should do before you leave, so you don’t have to deal with them when you come home from a trip! Here are the things my sweet husband and I always remember to… Continue reading End Game: Pre-travel Checklist

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Your Ultimate Guide to Accommodations

Finding accommodations is my least favorite part of planning travel. Do you agree? This Travel Tip Tuesday is for you! Accommodations are expensive, hit-or-miss, and a little bit like house hunting–location, location, location! Well, stop muddling through accommodations websites and follow these guidelines to find your best sleeping solution when traveling. What Do You Want… Continue reading Your Ultimate Guide to Accommodations

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How to Read a Map

It’s Travel Tip Tuesday, everyone! This week’s tip involves something near and dear to my heart: map reading! Sound boring? Think you can use your phone’s maps anywhere in the world so why bother? Prefer to wing it? Think taking a map out makes you look like a target? Well, think about these scenarios. Sometimes… Continue reading How to Read a Map