Food, Glorious Travel Food!

Have you ever visited an area and became so enamored with a particular food or drink that your new mission was to find it everywhere you go in that place, and again when you get home? Food has an incredible relationship to travel, hence the popularity of so many travel food shows. Here are three … More Food, Glorious Travel Food!

The One Where we Went to Cuba – and Fidel Castro Died

Travel enough and you’ll experience some interesting things, but for me one event trumps all others, considering I’ve lived in South Florida now longer than anywhere else.  I was in Havana, Cuba – a place most Americans couldn’t easily travel to for a generation – when Fidel Castro died. The journey to Cuba began in … More The One Where we Went to Cuba – and Fidel Castro Died

Laundry: pack light, wash, and air-dry with a travel clothesline

This product recommendation and guide is useful under a few conditions: You’re traveling internationally in a warm climate and have packed lightweight, quick-drying clothing You want to pack lightly for your trip, and are maybe backpacking* You and/or your travel companions are cool with washing underwear in a sink You’re camping or beaching and want … More Laundry: pack light, wash, and air-dry with a travel clothesline

Negotiating your vacation rental property price

Almost everything is negotiable, including the price of your vacation. I know this because I’ve managed a vacation rental property since 2012, and have rarely refused a discount to anyone confident enough to bother asking! You may wonder why I’m using the word “negotiation” instead of the phrase “asking for a discount.” In most of … More Negotiating your vacation rental property price

Hawaii National Park Stunners: Sunrise in the Clouds and Active Lava

Yes, I went back to Hawaii for my birthday again this year. I guess you could say I have a problem, but arguably, a good problem. More to come on that, but for now, here’s a quick post to share two of the incredible new-to-me sights I saw last week while putting my *NERDALERT* America … More Hawaii National Park Stunners: Sunrise in the Clouds and Active Lava

Yosemite in Fall

Yosemite National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring, special places in the United States, maybe the world. Don’t believe me? Perhaps you were as clueless as I was before visiting, and hopefully this post will put Yosemite National Park on your travel list. I was making plans to attend a music festival in San … More Yosemite in Fall

Using Time-Zone Tricks to Survive Time Changes

Most areas of the U.S. are subjected to involuntary time changes, like the one that may be hitting you hard today, good old “Spring Forward” into Daylight Savings Time, where we lose an hour of our well-earned sleep. The audacity! A creature of habit, time changes can leave me feeling disoriented for a good week … More Using Time-Zone Tricks to Survive Time Changes

Why and How I Went on a Solo Trip to Hawaii for my 40th Birthday (In a Pandemic)

I celebrated my 40th birthday with a solo trip earlier this month to the Big Island of Hawaii. It was fantastic and the best thing I could have done. Here’s how that decision-making process took place, how I planned for the trip, and some ideas that might inspire you to travel now or in the … More Why and How I Went on a Solo Trip to Hawaii for my 40th Birthday (In a Pandemic)