I'm a firm believer that just about anyone can go on vacation, even if money is tight. If traveling is your biggest priority in life, you can get there with a savings plan and a bit of creativity. Don't let other people discourage you. Saving for a vacation is all about trade-offs and priorities. . . .
Packing light: From a reformed over-packer
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. . . .
Half of Americans don’t use their vacation time
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 . . .
8 reasons why cruises aren’t for me
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 . . .
Colonial Colombia: The start of my trip
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 . . .
10 ways to survive a long-haul international flight in coach
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 . . .
5 Things You Should Know Before You Book a Group Tour
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. Choose your tour company carefully There’s a tour . . .
The 13 most annoying people on the airplane
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 . . .