The holy grail of travel off the beaten path (for me, anyways): finding that local restaurant where they are serving great, cheap local cuisine with no tourists to be found. I am talking about the type of restaurant that is one big adventure, because no one speaks English, and there might not be a menu […]
Hints and tips that will make your travel experience run more smoothly and with less stress.
Before getting the chance to fly in Business Class on a trans oceanic flight, I used to think, “First class…no big deal. Just a bunch of stuck up rich people paying a heap more money just so they just get free drinks and a nicer food.” Now that I have seen the difference between business […]
I know some of you out there shun all aspects of planning for a trip . Come on, admit it. You know who you are. You love spontaneity and surprises. Unexpected twists and turns that lead you in unknown directions are the icing on your travel cake. While I am not opposed to the occasional unexpected twist or […]
1) Take a break immediately upon arrival. This piece of advice from the Wandering Earl Blog is brilliant. Sit. Chill. Have some coffee at a cafe in the airport. Instead of running, exhausted and flustered, for the first train you see, sit down, relax and make a plan. 2) Ask your taxi driver where to eat. […]
It was the best of times for the passenger with the bright orange, polka-dotted suitcase; it was the worst of times for the passenger with the standard issue black suitcase. It was the spring of hope for the passenger who has been given the joyous news that their luggage has been located and that it is […]
For those traveling through MSP / Minneapolis St Paul Airport with kids, I have good news. The Minneapolis St Paul Airport is overall a pretty kid friendly airport! Check out this handy post with my personal recommendations for family hotels in Bloomington… **For the most part, the features that I am referring to relate to Terminal 1 […]
I have talked over the years about the importance of owning a passport. “In today’s uncertain times, you never know when you will need to leave the country in a hurry,” I have frequently found myself saying over the years, often in a half joking but also half serious manner. Unfortunately, that statement feels less […]
Renting a houseboat to explore the canals of Europe is a great way to get off the beaten path and visit un-touristy small towns and villages while leisurely drifting past some incomparable scenery! The idea of renting a houseboat (or a canal boat, as they are sometimes called) is a much more common vacation notion in much of […]
Check out these great Youtube videos that I put together when we were leaving for our trip to Thailand with packing tips and advice about how to pack lightly and still make sure that you have everything that you need.
Score for day one: Us 3, Dublin 1. All in all, things are going pretty well. We scored 3 goals today; making it successfully to the hotel in record time AND getting checked in and into Dublin in time to do some sightseeing this afternoon. We also scored a lunch of fish and chips from […]