Long-haul Survival Kit

A few years back I went on the longest flight of my life - a 24 hour journey from Washington, D.C. to Chiang Mai, Thailand. The first leg of the flight was over 13 hours, something I was dreading. While it has taken me almost 4 years to be willing to even entertain the idea of another long-haul, it wasn't nearly as bad as I had ...

Favorite Travel Apps

A smart phone is a valuable tool for traveling around the world. There are a multitude of apps to help in all areas of travel; here are some of my favorites. All are available for free unless noted.   Tripit - this is a must to keep your travel plans organized, and they can't make it any simpler to use. I'm a ...

Want to save a few bucks? I’ve got some codes for you.

Many companies are marketing through the "Refer A Friend" model. I never purchase anything online prior to searching for coupon codes; it's a great was to save a few dollars. Here are a few referral codes from products and websites I have purchased from. (Yes, some of these I get something in return). Travel ...

2016 in Pictures

2016 was another terrific travel year, discovering four new states and two countries.  Most of the year's vacations were long weekends, visiting Charleston for a girls' weekend, Chicago for a ballgame, Philly, Montreal, and a bitter cold weekend in the mountains of Maryland "Becoming and Outdoors Woman" in an unheated drafty ...

Not afraid. Not one bit.

Oh, well, okay, maybe a little bit, just a tiny bit. I bought airline tickets to France two days before the attacks in Paris. My trip is less than a month way and the attacks on Brussels occur. My heart stopped a beat when I turned on the TV that morning. Are we nuts to go? Is this a much riskier trip? Is this an omen? As ...