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Packing carry on luggage: secrets from a frequent traveler

Packing carry on luggage: secrets from a frequent traveler

How many times have you found a flight for just the right price? You click through to the order page and cha-ching, you’re hit with all those add-on fees. Often, checked bag fees can add $50 or more to the cost, each way!  As much […]

My Costa Mesa staycation: 8 simple tips to plan your ultimate staycation

My Costa Mesa staycation: 8 simple tips to plan your ultimate staycation

I recently enjoyed an amazing Costa Mesa staycation, making the one hour drive south of LA. I was invited by the Costa Mesa tourism folks to explore the “City of the Arts.” I wasn’t really sure what to expect, thinking it was just another suburb of […]

The alpine lodge you must see in Courmayeur Italy

The alpine lodge you must see in Courmayeur Italy

Right along the Italy-France border in the Val d’Aosta region in Courmayeur, a destination popular with celebrities, sits the tiny little town of Entrèves. And in this tiny hamlet, is one of my favorite European hotels. Auberge de le Maison, a cozy little alpine chalet […]

Expat Life: What’s it really like to live abroad as a Diplomat

Expat Life: What’s it really like to live abroad as a Diplomat

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live abroad as an expat, a Diplomat, I’m about to spill my secrets. Aside from the Diplomatic passport (best souvenir ever!), there were many perks to being an expat. I’m the adventurous one, so when my husband […]

How travel can help you conquer your fears

How travel can help you conquer your fears

I’m afraid of heights. And close spaces. And crowds. And getting sick abroad, or worse, on an airplane. Yeah, these can all put a damper on traveling. Most great sites of the world require you to take a crowded, small elevator up high to see […]

Vacation Fails: From Bedbugs to Broken Arms

Vacation Fails: From Bedbugs to Broken Arms

I earned the nickname “bad luck traveler” early on. I think it started on my honeymoon when I spent 14 supposed-to-be-glorious days in Maui. Well, I spent 14 days either in the bathroom or the ER. I’ll spare you the details. Suffice to say, there […]



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