Ski Safety – Avoid Mistakes: I call myself an “Intermittent Intermediate”. Why is that? Having spent my early years in the US Southeast, I saw little snow growing up. After graduating from law school, I I decided to really learn to ski I needed to take lessons. A school friend and I headed to Killington, Vermont for a week. As luck would have it, when we arrived, we saw only green grass! Since New England winters are cold, the resort had man-made snow until the weather changed. The fun began with my first ski lesson. The rest of the group was lined up in a row facing across the slope. In making my first attempt at a parallel turn, I was able to stop. Unfortunately, I landed on top of the skis of all my classmates! We all fell in a pile like bowling pins...Read More
Packing for Savings and Safety-17 Updated Tips: Airline charges for carry-on bags has made for a real battle of the wills. Many passengers find the only solution is to overstuff their one “personal” item if they are to save.
I was shocked on a 17 day trip to SE Asia that the flight to China only allowed 11 pounds no matter the dimensions of the bag. Since roller bags have some weight in their metal wheels and handle, it is hard to make that work.
Packing for Savings and Safety. To make matters worse, when more economical regional jets are used, even small bags may end up being scooped up to be “gate-checked”. Waiting in the jetway for a plane full of luggage can mean that close connection are missed.
Besides the excess charges of checking bags, a se...Read More
Safer Travel from the Coronavirus to Crocodiles: With some constant media commentary focused on the coronavirus, it can be hard to figure out how to travel safely. In addition, it can be really disturbing with quarantines of millions of people, including those on pleasure cruises now confined to cabins (worse yet those with inside cabins!)
With this growing concern daily over the coronavirus, safety and health issues are a valid consideration, especially when going abroad. Although I always go to a travelers’ clinic before leaving home, I still found a real surprise on a 4-day island vacation. I arrived in the midst of a previously unknown epidemic in Santiago, Cape Verde, off the coast of Senegal...Read More
Top 7 Destinations for First Time Solo Travelers. You may think that traveling on your own for the first time can really be nerve-wracking; you might even wonder if it is not a good idea. However, after your first solo trip, you will wonder why you were so worried!
Going solo on a trip is very fulfilling. You will be provided with many opportunities to grow and learn. If you are trying to find yourself, this is what you need. How to get started traveling solo can seem very overwhelming, especially finding the right destination to try first. Here are some of the best places to go on a solo trip. Top 7 Destinations.
- Malaysia – Many solo travelers overlook this destination, but this is one country that you need to see...
Filotimo -The Word With No Translation, in researching Greece before our wonderful Greek adventure, I came across some information that didn’t seem to fit together.
In spite of the financial crisis, the austerity measure, and one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, Greece has one of the highest rates of self-reported happiness in the world.
How is it that the people of Greece are so happy in the face of significant negative issues?
Is it religion?
The Greeks are a religious group with – reporting that they consider their faith important. But, many countries are made up of people of strong faith. As a matter of fact, Greece isn’t even on the Top 20 Most Religious Countries list.
Is it strong family ties?
Greeks DO have strong family ties...Read More
Solo Travel Pricing Tracker-First Solo Adventure Travel 5 Tips Adventure.
Travel has been an active part of the growing solo travel trend. Baby Boomers and Millennials are all heading out to join this crowd. My first solo adventure was as a college student. Like most students, I had a low to no travel budget, no car and not a real detailed idea of my itinerary. Undaunted, as Solo Travel Pricing Tracker, I boarded a bus with an open ticket from Washington to Los Angeles. For 5 weeks, my small overnight bag and I saw the US from the Art Institute of Chicago to a Midwest dairy farm and even the Salt Lake and on to California.
Having now seen all 50 states and 68 countries, I have these 5 tips for your first solo adventure.
First Solo Adventure Travel 5 Tips: Before Le...Read More
National Parks Planning Visit with Kids? Are you planning to visit our U.S. National Parks with kids in this new year? If you’re hoping to call on one or a dozen, do not pass go, but head to our sister site, Family Travel. You’ll find kid-friendly family vacation guides to numerous national parks, including our:
And if you’ll be Planning National Parks visiting with a FOURTH GRADER this year, be sure to get your “Every Kid in a Park Pass” for free admission into hundreds of parks.
Want more U.S. National Parks ideas and inspiration?
Just establishing a safe place for your child to sleep or play during your visit could pr...Read More
Seniors Travel Abroad-Staying Healthy 10 Tips: Fifty-plus travelers are increasingly on the go from Bruges to Bali. With the broad options available from solo travel to group tours, seniors need not give up on going abroad merely because a milestone birthday has been reached. However, a few safety tips can prevent a dream trip from becoming a true nightmare.
Seniors Travel Abroad, at any age, jetlag plus navigating unfamiliar settings can lead to accidents, Baby Boomers may have pre-existing conditions, mobility issues or other special circumstances. The key is to do some basic research before leaving home. It is important to know how conditions at your destination will impact your enjoyment, and then exercise reasonable care while abroad.
Seniors Abroad-Staying Hea...Read More
Solo Travel Guide: Chiang Mai, Thailand-5 Great Ways:
Chiang Mai is one of the most visited cities in Thailand. It possesses; rich culture, beautiful landscape, and sumptuous cuisine. The city also has some of the biggest malls in the country where you will find the finest Thai spa, dozens of boutiques and gift shops. As a result, most people who visit stay longer than they had planned. Here are 5 great ways to have a top stay.
Solo Travel Guide: Chiang Mai, Thailand: Beyond the Usual Tourist Path:
1. Teaching English
If you are staying in Chiang Mai for longer than a month, then you can help pay for your stay and have a way to be part of daily life by teaching English as a part-time or full-time job...Read More
A Guest Post by Jane Roberts
5 Solo Travel Tips: How To Go On A Gap Year Abroad With Your Dog
Every year, over 200 thousand students take a gap year before going to college or university. Among these individuals,30% choose to travel solo during their gap year as it’s a great way to get some work and life experience before pursuing an academic career. If you plan to go on a gap year anytime soon, why not take your dog along for the adventure? It’s a great way to bond with your pet– also, having your furry friend with you can make your trip more enjoyable. However, before you leave home, there are several things that you have to do to ensure that you and your pet have safe and worry-free travel experience...Read More