Why not make a difference with Voluntourism?

This week’s topic comes to you from my mentor, Lisa Fletcher. She’s amazing and always willing to lend a hand, or a pen, or even a keyboard in this case… Given the events in the last couple months, from hurricanes and earthquakes to terrorism at home and abroad, it’s important to think about the things we can do to give back and to promote good in the world. With a story on voluntourism, take it […]

Six Habits of Happy Travelers

We often go on trips to get away from everyday stress, but sometimes travel is pretty stressful itself. Here are six habits of happy travelers that you can adopt to get more joy out of your own vacations. They pack smartly Over-packing can seriously slow you down, but you don’t have to be an uber-minimalist who rolls everything and fits two weeks of clothes into a toiletry case. Just plan ahead and think about what […]

Maybe your family wants to put down their devices and make memories together. Or, maybe you’re spread out around the country (or world) and don’t get to come together often. Whatever the reason, and there are many, here are three examples of amazing multi-generational trips you and your family can take.

Three Amazing Multi-Generational Family Trips

In a recent survey from travel network Virtuoso, multi-generational family trips were found to be the number three most popular vacation experience being booked, coming in just behind adventure trips and beach resorts. Maybe your family wants to put down their devices and make memories together. Or, maybe you’re spread out around the country (or world) and don’t get to come together often. Whatever the reason, and there are many, here are three examples of […]

A Bit About Lanai

Lanai is unique among the Hawaiian islands for several reasons. First of all, there are no stoplights on the island and public transportation is run by the hotels. Ninety-nine percent of the population lives in Lana’i City. Since 2012, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, owns 98% of the island (the state owns the other 2%). Getting There Lanai Airport (LNY) – There are no direct flights to Lanai from the mainland, so you’ll need […]

Ten European Christmas Markets to visit this holiday season.

10 Beautiful European Christmas Markets

Winter in Europe is absolutely stunning. Imagine snow capped roofs along quaint cobblestone streets. Grand, tree-lined boulevards, lit up with twinkling lights. Cozy Christmas Markets where the gluhwein flows and the smell of gingerbread lofts through the air. Here are ten of Europe’s most beautiful Christmas Markets (in no particular order), plus a bonus one! Prague, Czech Republic Dec 2, 2017 – Jan 6, 2018 To me, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in […]

First Timer's Guide to Oahu - Tips on where to stay, eat, and play.

First Timer’s Guide to Oahu

Until a few years ago, I’d never even wanted to visit Hawaii; I thought it was just a honeymoon/romantic vacation destination. When I got the opportunity to go to Oahu with my parents for a steal, I was in, but I wasn’t expecting it to join my top ten list or anything… I was wrong. Like, super wrong. I absolutely loved it. There is so much more to Hawaii than just honeymoons. The mountains are stunning, the temperature is […]

What is a repositioning cruise?

What is a Repositioning Cruise?

Cruises are great for a relaxing vacation. There’s no need to worry about how you’re getting from site to site or if you’ll find somewhere good for dinner. There are hundreds of activities all on board a 300-meter long floating city. Typically, a cruise is a round-trip journey, starting and ending in the same location, but that’s not always the case… One of the benefits of a floating city is the ability to move to the […]

Hotels, like those at Disney, are offering more online and kiosk check-in options. But, what if you still like dealing with humans??

Online Hotel Check-in – What If I Still Like People??

Last week, Disney revealed its newest offering – Online Check-in via the My Disney Experience app. If you’re staying at a Disney resort, you can check in to your hotel as early as 60-days prior to arrival via the app. The app will let you know your room number when the room is ready and you can unlock the door using the Magic Band received before your trip. Bypass the front desk entirely! I can certainly […]

TSA’s Mobile Passport App – Customs Magic

You may be aware of the TSA PreCheck which, at the time I’m writing this, is $85 for a five-year membership and gets you through TSA security faster. You may also be aware of Global Entry which, for $100, will expedite your customs experience (and includes the PreCheck privilege). However, you may NOT be aware of the Mobile Passport app… Available on both Android and iOS, this FREE app helps you speed through customs at 24 different airports […]