Travel tips

1)  Travel by yourself.  While there are some countries you may not want to travel in alone, there's nothing like traveling alone.  It's a completely different experience.  You'll meet new and interesting people and you'll be amazed what you learn about yourself.  Just do it and you'll see.  

 2)  Travel sites are a great starting point to get an idea of fares/costs but always check the hotel, airline and car rentals websites directly before booking.  Many offer "internet only" rates for booking on-line and booking directly with them.    

3)  If you're a Coscto member, check out their travel site as well.  They have some of the best rates for car rentals, often lower than what the car rental places offer directly.  Plus it reflects the "all in" cost and allows for an add'l driver at no additional cost.

4) If you're flexible on your travel dates, say so.  Most websites offer a flexible date option when searching fares.  Often times the fare just a day or two before or after your planned dates can result in hundreds of dollars in savings!

5)  Join the clubs.  Sign up for frequent flyer/loyalty programs.  If you travel a lot those reward points can add up quicker than you think.

6)  Don't think you can afford a big trip abroad?  Think again!  Traveling can be a lot less expensive than you think, especially if you travel off-season or go some place where the dollar is strong.   The dollar still goes far in a lot of places.   And just about any month of the year is off-season somewhere.  

7)  Always carry tissues with you.   Public restrooms in some countries are not well equipped.

8)  Don't plan everything out before you leave.  Allow yourself time to explore and do the unexpected. 

9) Thai massage requires clothing.  Be prepared to be up close and personal with your masseuse.

10)  Expect things to go wrong.   Everything will not always go as planned.  You'll wind up at the wrong train station, your flight will be delayed/canceled, there will be a strike or demonstration.  Just go with the flow, don't let it ruin your trip.  Let it add to your adventure and make a great story when you get home.  When you wind up doing something completely unexpected you'll find it usually turns out great!


Top 10 Traveling Experiences



  1. Biking through Croatia  
  2. Walking along the Great Wall in China  
  3. Running a lap around the original Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece  
  4. Staying at The Grand Hotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary  
  5. Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite National Park  
  6. Doing a zip line in Maui, Hawaii with Mom  
  7. Watching my first sunset in Hawaii 
  8. Eating my way through San Sebastian, Spain
  9. Getting "stuck" in Paris for 9 days  
  10. Canyoning in New Zealand 

Places I've traveled


Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Florence, Sienna, Venice, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Rome,  Athens, Prague, Karlovy Vary, Budapest, Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Ilhabela, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phuket, Siem Reap, Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Brac, London, Windsor, Istanbul, Luosto, Reykjavik, The Amazon (southern region, Peru) Lima, Machu Picchu, Lisbon, San Sebastian, Montreal, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, United States including Hawaii

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