Tour it OR Wing it

If I took a poll of people who like taking travel tours versus winging it on their own, I bet it would turn out to be about 50/50.  Usually, you’re either a person who loves taking tours or you’re not.  There are pros and cons to each.  First, let’s define what a tour is and what…

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International Mobile Phone Use

Nowadays, almost everyone uses a mobile phone as a major source of communication.  We are all so used to being connected, that we forget about how not to be.  When traveling abroad, it’s always nice to disconnect, relax and go off the grid.  Sure, it sounds great, but we all know that you just have…

Home Share

Speaking of home shares, this is the best way to mesh with the local culture and live like a local.  It’s always a great way to meet people from all over the world and get an idea of what their lives are like and how we share so many similarities.  Airbnb and Homeaway are two…

Hotels

Today there are so many options when trying to choose a hotel that it can get downright overwhelming.  The best sites to use to compare prices and availabilities are Trip Advisor and Trivago.  You have the ability to create a search criteria with filters since we all have different priorities when booking a room.  It’s…

Training Yourself

After getting off a plane and wanting to be ground-level for a while, taking a train is a worry-free choice.  There are many different types of train services that include high-speed, continent-wide, local, trams and subway/metro.  The choice of rail line to use all depends on the destination.  Going cross-country, and wanting to see some…

Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

There’s no better way to see Ireland’s coast than to rent a car and drive along its coastal highways.  We did just that and wound up in a quaint town called Bray.  Bray is south of Dublin city center on Ireland’s east coast and is one of many coastal towns that we visited.  It reminded…

Fight or Flight

If traveling across the pond, you will need to book a flight (unless you have all the time and money in the world to cruise up to 25 days to another continent).  Start doing some legwork before booking your flight overseas.  If you are a business traveler or travel on a leisurely basis a few…

Malta, Maltese Islands

Malta is the largest of the 3 archipelago Maltese islands in the Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast.  Malta has a rich history that dates back over 6000 years.  There are two main languages spoken. English and Maltese.  Mostly everyone speaks English, so it’s easy to get around.  The main cities are quite…

Location, Location, Location

When trying to figure out where to go, keep in mind that the destination should try to encompass all the interests of the traveling parties.  For instance, for one of our trips, my husband, Paul, was interested in visiting some World War I battle sites.  I wanted to tour the wine country, castles and relax at…