Travel Advice

Recently, after years of inadequate solutions to my carry-on bag problem, I had to finally purchase one that suited all my needs. The search was far too long and tedious. After all, how hard is it find a tote bag with a shoulder strap, multiple organizer pockets, and a laptop compartment? Apparently, I underestimated what's out there and, perhaps, my overly critical...

You may recall that I purchased an annual National parks pass in anticipation of my visit to Utah last year.  Since I was visiting Gatlinburg again to spend time with family, I figured that we might as well check out the Great Smokies while we were there. Due to an agreement between the state of Tennessee and the Federal government, the Great Smoky Mountains...

I've developed a fond appreciation for brief vacations.  If nothing else, it proves that you can still enjoy and experience a great deal that a city has to offer without spending an extended period of time there.  I've spent 24 hours in Amsterdam and 36 hours in Savannah and didn't feel like I sacrificed anything in the process.  When I managed to find...

Planning trips can be confusing to the inexperienced.  But if there is only one thing that you take from this post let it be this: "Booking your flight is the absolute first thing that you must do when planning your vacation."  Why?  Because airfare will arguably be the most volatile expense that you will incur.  The cost of gas (as...

Traveling can sometimes be a lonely endeavor.  Sometimes, you’ll find yourself in a strange town surrounded by people you don’t know.   At dinnertime, you will call down for room service, pull out a menu from one of the local restaurants from your hotel nightstand or you venture out into the darkness hoping that something will spark your interest. Well, it doesn’t...

 Helpful Tips for Planning Your Next Vacation  Plan ahead! * The sooner that you decide where you want to go on vacation, the more likely you are to realize your best deals. Visit travel-oriented websites like Frommers, Fodors, Virtual Tourist, Lonely Planet and Rick Steves among others to get solid ideas of where you would like to travel. Once that has been established,...

Today we are continuing with the second installment of our three-part series that breaks down the choices one has in booking accommodations for vacations or holidays. We will now look at mid-range options for those travelers who want a little more comfort than hostels can provide but at a more reasonable price than hotels. If you think you are up to the...

Now that you've actually booked your cruise, it's important to make sure that you take care of a few things before leaving.  Here's a handy cruising checklist to assure that you will be ready before the ship leaves: Check with your medical and renter’s/homeowners insurance to see if you and your belongings are covered by your current policies when traveling...