Travel Tips

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Think you’re a savvy traveler? Read a few of these posts and see if you don’t learn a little something new!

Budget Tips

  • How to Love Your Staycation - We're all pretty much over this quarantine business, but as a result of quarantine, a lot of us are also short on cash. Enter: the Staycation.
  • 5 Ways to Travel without Leaving Home - Everyone who loves to travel gets it... that itch. That travel bug bites, and it's impossible to shake that feeling that you need to travel! Unfortunately for those of us who live in the real world, travel is not always an option. Or is it?

Couple Travel

  • Date Night In Box Review for Travelers - As you may have noticed, travel hasn't been too popular this year! Or maybe it's been too popular, in the sense that "you always want what you can't have." Either way, I wanted to do something special for Steve's birthday this year. Usually, we travel for events like anniversaries, holidays, birthdays, and the like, but that wasn't a possibility this year.
  • The Secrets to Happy Couple Travel - Okay, no couples are perfect. But that's okay! It is possible to travel with the person you love and still love them afterward.
  • 10 Most Romantic Travel Experiences - What's romantic to you? Travel is how my sweet husband Steve and I show love for each other.
  • How to Choose the Ultimate Anniversary Getaway - If you're looking for a fantastic place to spend your anniversary in the coming years, this post has all the inspiration you'll need!
  • Ultimate Travel Couple Bucket List - Looking for some adventures to have with your loved one? There are definitely some bucket list items out there that are best experienced as a couple, and I hope you'll find that this list is your ultimate guide!
  • Where to Get Engaged in Verona - Ah, love! It’s beautiful, it’s fun, and it’s, well, lovely! Our Valentine’s trip to Verona was an absolute dream, and I kept thinking, “Wow! What a great spot to get engaged!” and, “Wow! What a beautiful view for an engagement! So if you’re planning an engagement or a trip to Verona, here are a few ideas to help you find just the right setting to pop the question!
  • The World’s Most Perfect Honeymoons - I left the honeymoon planning up to my sweet, soon-to-be husband, and he did a fantastic job! So whether you or the love of your life will be the one planning your honeymoon, here are some suggestions to help you dream!
  • Romantic Maui - Islands are inherently relaxing, there's only so far you can go, and there is just something extra romantic about being truly away from it all, separated from real life by a body of water. So, to kick off my Maui blog post series, I'm starting with the most romantic things about our trip to Maui!

Destination Ideas

Essential Travel Skills

Passports and Visas

  • How to Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa - In case you haven't heard yet... I'm headed to Australia and New Zealand this week! I have two long layovers in Sydney, Australia, on my way to and from Christchurch, New Zealand, and I may be making my way back Down Under in the next few months, so I needed to get a Tourist Visa.
  • How to Renew Global Entry - My husband's Global Entry was set to expire this year, so I decided to document his renewal process so you will know what to expect!
  • How to Apply for Global Entry - Are you ready to revolutionize (and speed up) your travels? Global Entry is just the thing for you!
  • What To Do When You Lose Your Passport - This week it's all about expecting the unexpected and preparing for the one of the worst possible travel scenarios: losing your passport.
  • How to Get an Impossible Visa - Think you can't visit the country you want because you're not allowed to get the visa? Don't give up hope!
  • Your How-to Guide to Passports - You know I'm a light packer, but truthfully, there is only one thing you truly cannot travel without: your passport. But do you know all the rules and regulations?
  • How to Get a Tourist Visa - So you’re wondering how to go about getting a tourist visa. Do I need one? How soon should I start the process? Do I seriously have to send my passport?

Personal Care

Top Travel Tips

  • Your Ultimate 2020 Travel Essentials - While I'm not trying to promote unnecessary or unsafe travel, I do think that is you're going to travel right now, it's good to be prepared! So I decided to pull together a list of the most essential items to put on your COVID travel packing list. Here you go!
  • 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?
  • 5 Ways to Embrace Cultural Differences - One of the most fascinating parts of travel is experiencing a new culture. Similarly, one of the scariest things about traveling for some people is experiencing a new culture. So here’s a little guide for how to navigate it all!
  • How to Savor Your Travels - In an effort to truly savor our travels from here on out, and to help you do the same, here’s your list of ways to savor your travels—because we will never take travel for granted again, will we?
  • The Business of Traveling for Good - I recently had the pleasure of chatting with my dear friend and fellow entrepreneur Jillian Ryan, of Marie Mae Company, for her incredible Good Office Podcast! We talked about doing good in our travels, and I gave a few little-known tips for being a responsible traveler, wherever you find yourself.
  • What I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Traveling - I have recently passed my 14th blogging anniversary. I know, I can't believe it either!
  • How to Make a Business Trip Fun - Maybe it seems impossible, maybe it seems like it's against the rules (it's not), but no excuse is a good one. Here is the short list of the best ways to make the most of your next business trip!
  • 5 Practical Ways to Travel Sustainably - I know, I know. You have a million people and companies and advocates basically yelling at you to save the planet, but very few of them are kindly explaining some practical ways to do that. So I decided to do that.
  • Tips for Flying with Gifts - I don’t know about you, but I love finding that perfect gift for my friends and family, whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, or just because.
  • 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.
  • Why It’s Okay to Be a Tourist - I'm about to make some "travelers" very mad. As a travel blogger, I try to read other travel blogs to keep up-to-date and perhaps find some travel tips or inspiration. But lately I've read more and more articles that attempt to "tourist shame."
  • Surviving Rainy Day Travels - I have never found a way to truly appreciate cloudy or rainy days when I'm traveling, since I always want to get picture-perfect photos and I just love the sun! But sometimes you just have to roll with it.
  • Jet Lag: Your Secret Travel Weapon - Do you love jet lag? Neither do we! It seems like the older I get, the more jet lag effects me. But there are a few ways to use jet lag to our advantage. Nothing should stop you when you travel!
  • Apps for Savvy Travel - This week we are going hi-tech and letting you in on some awesome travel apps to help you be a savvy and efficient traveler!
  • The Beauty of a Weekender - Today I'm letting you in on some of the reasons why weekend trips are so awesome. Steve and I frequently take quick trips to places we've never been, and inevitably we get looks of shock and the exclamation, "But that's not enough time to really know a city!" Or the ever-popular, "But why would you spend all that money and time on a plane to only spend such a short time there?"

Travel Lists

  • World’s Most Overrated Travel Destinations - “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” —Susan Sontag. I don’t know about everywhere, actually. There are some places that just don’t pique my interest. And while I’ve never been one to follow the crowd and do something just because it’s popular, sometimes I do want to see for myself what all the fuss is about.
  • Steve’s Best Travel Moments - Tomorrow is Steve's birthday! Woohoo! Fun fact: It's also my mom's birthday! Woohoo!
  • Quick Whit’s Best Travel Moments - I've also found reminiscing about past trips to be fun and soothing, with the added bonus of appreciating all the amazing things I've been able to do over my last 14 years of travel. Check out my top 10 list of my favorite travel moments!
  • What I Love About Travel - I am grateful for the travels and adventures I’ve had up to now. Travel has given me so much, and I love everything about it. Here’s the short list!
  • 5 Ways to Surprise Someone with Travel - I love to be surprised, and I love to surprise the people in my life, and it made me think about the best surprise anyone ever gave me, when Steve came to "pick me up" at the Burbank airport when we were newly engaged! He flew across the country just to surprise me, and that memory prompted me to give you some ideas about how to incorporate surprises into your travels!
  • 10 Things Every Traveler Should Know - Some travel by car, some prefer flying, still others take trains, sail, cruise, or even walk! But no matter how you travel, there are just some things that absolutely every traveler should know!
  • Some Things Travelers Know - The more you do something, the better you get at it, right? In an industry as changeable and varied as travel, it seems like the rules change all the time; but despite all that, there are a few things travelers know for sure.
  • Top 10 Travel Hacks - Are you ready for this? I love giving away my travel tips, but I was recently compelled to compile a list of my very top travel hacks--the lifesavers that work every time! Well, this is it. Get ready to travel like a pro!
  • 6 Things that Happen to Travelers - Let's be practical for a minute. We all know I LOVE to travel, but I'll be completely honest, there are some uncomfortable and less than convenient parts to traveling.

Travel Tips by Season

Spring–coming soon!

Summer

Fall–coming soon!

  • The Best Tips for Traveling in Fall - Fall is a beautiful time to travel! The leaves are all colors, the mornings are crisp, and the afternoons warm up nicely. But I have to admit, fall is probabaly the hardest season to pack for, and it has a few other challenges as well! But never fear. I have some tips for you to make sure your fall getaway is a success!

Winter

  • Top Winter Destinations - Sometimes even a summer lover gets a hankering for a frolic in the snow! Here's a quick run-down of some of the best snowy, wintery places I've visited!
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