I’m about to take my third trip to Italy later this month and could not be more excited. Especially since this time, I’m going with my new husband and close friends. I love thinking about all of the adventures we’ll go on, the amazing sights we’ll see and the delicious (hopefully) food we’ll eat. The one thing I dread: Packing. [Read more…]
I read an article about Americans and vacation time that made me sad. According to a survey by Glassdoor, the average U.S. worker only takes half of his or her eligible paid vacation time and 15% of U.S. employees don’t take any vacation time at all. Perhaps even worse, nearly 60% of workers who take vacation time check email and stay connected to the office. [Read more…]
The cruise ship swayed with the waves while my sister and I watched Up on repeat. It was the third day of our four-day cruise to the Bahamas and we were at sea the entire day. The motion sickness medication wasn’t working; walking, sleeping and watching TV didn’t help my nausea either. It was 3 pm and I wanted off the boat but our cruise ship didn’t return to Cape Canaveral, FL until 4 pm the following day. I’ve never wanted a vacation to be over with so fast. While I enjoyed the time spent with my sister, we both decided that in the future, we’ll skip the cruise and head straight to a destination. [Read more…]
Intrepid Travel was offering 25% off all of their tours as part of a Black Friday sale in November, so I decided to book the 9-day Colonial Colombia tour on a whim. Colombia has been on my destination wish list for a few years and I finally took the plunge based on the fact that winters in Seattle area dreary, flying time is relatively short and the country is fairly inexpensive to visit. [Read more…]
No matter what you do, being stuck inside a metal tube in coach class for hours is going to suck. You’re not going to sleep well, unless you’re one of those bizarre people who can sleep anywhere, in which case, I’m incredibly jealous. Your skin will be dried out. Your muscles will ache. You’ll feel greasy and dirty. You’ll feel like a walking zombie.
Group tours can be a fun and stress-free way to explore the world. Your itinerary is already planned and you’ll share your day-to-day travel experiences with your tour mates. Before you book a group tour, pay close attention to the tips below. [Read more…]
If you’re like most people, flying around in a big metal tube in the sky isn’t your idea of a fun time. From the terrible food to the cramped space, flying can be a miserable experience. Don’t make the flight even more soul-sucking by breaking airplane etiquette. We’ve compiled a list of the worst-inflight offenders. [Read more…]