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…

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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…

Road Warrior

If you love the open road and want to drive cross country, it quite convenient when driving your own car.  If this is not an option, just remember a few tips when renting a car; research and learn the traffic laws (driving on the correct side of the road), master a round-a-bout, and learn to…

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…

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…

A Traveler for All Seasons

It’s always challenging planning a vacation.  But once you put together a draft itinerary of where to go and what to see, it gets easier from here on out.  Most people live in a world of work, school and other obstacles that prevent us from picking up and going anywhere at any time.   If you…

Ischia, Italy

Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea about 20 miles off the coast of Naples, Italy.  Ischia is home to the many mineral rich thermal waters, roman ruins on the sea floor, pescatarian delights and the Aragonese Castle.  This island was founded by the Greeks around 700 BC, and was used as a…

Brussels, Belgium

We arrived in Brussels right after their annual pride festival.  It was an amazing sight with all the buildings glowing in rainbow color at night.  We stayed in the Grand Place area, which is a safe and convenient alternative to other areas.  Brussels is a walking city, so avoid driving there if possible.  The metro…

Welcome to DIY Abroad

Ever want to plan a trip on a budget but don’t know where to start?  Ever try to use a travel agent or coordinator without really knowing what you’re actually paying for? Ever wonder why some destination norms are so different from what you are used to, but were unaware prior to your trip? The…