Packing Light for Cruise Travel and Having All You Need

Tips to pack light for a cruise

Yes, packing light for cruise travel and having everything you need is possible. We have done it successfully multiple times. One of the advantages of cruising is unpacking only once while exploring a variety of locations. However, you still have to lug your belongings to the airport, to the cruise terminal, and back home. For […]

25 Tips for Cruising on Princess that Everyone Should Know

The Island Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Puntarenas in Costa Rica

After two weeks onboard the Island Princess we were surprised to still be discovering things that we probably should have known from the beginning. We were not alone. We frequently heard “I wish I knew that before today.” So I asked officers, crew, and other passengers for their best tips for cruising with Princess. These are […]

Unique Ways to Travel: If You Haven’t Yet, You Really Should

Cruising in Iceland is a unique way to travel. Public domain photo by Dieter55

{This post was written for Albom Adventures by Kacey Mya.} The great thing about travel is that it never has to be the same way twice. Sure, it’s easy to take a plane or car somewhere, but even these methods can be spiced up a little bit to give you a more unique experience. In […]

Walk Wellington – Best Way to See New Zealand’s Capital City

New Zealand Parliament and the building nicknamed the Beehive in Wellington, the Capital City

Walk Wellington is the perfect name for the city tour we took to kick start our mini adventure in New Zealand’s capital. We went open minded, expecting to learn a bit about the history and architecture. Our expectations were far exceeded as we discovered a city filled with mystery and surprise around every corner. It’s […]

Touring Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London

Seeing Shakespeare performed live at London’s Globe Theatre will remain on my bucket list a bit longer. We were last in London in May of 2012, just a few months before the London Olympics were to begin. The Globe was in the middle of a series of 37 performances all from visiting troupes in their […]

Samoa Highlights: Top 10 Things to Do (And Driving Tips)

Samoa Highlights

Adventure is around every corner on beautiful Upolu, the main island of Samoa. While we came for a break, we found our selves stopping to swim into a cave, jump into a trench, feeding turtles and visit an author’s home.  Upolu is the main island of Samoa and home to it’s capital city Apia.  Despite our […]

Traveling on a Budget – How We Save on Airfare and Lodging

Traveling on a Budget

Like most families traveling on a budget, we are often asked: Did you win the lottery? Are you printing money in your attic? Do you have a budget? How can you afford to travel so much? What is your secret? Here are the short answers: I don’t play the lottery. I don’t have an attic. […]

Our Dash Through Historic Philadelphia: Photos and Travel Tips

Independence Hall

Our goal was a quick stop to capture the essence of historic Philadelphia in photos.  Then we noticed the queue to see the Liberty Bell, visible on the right had side of the photo, and we knew quick was not in the cards. Philadelphia In Photos It was worth the wait, especially after I got […]

Central Park New York: The Met and Natural History Museums

central park

How much can we do in a day in Central Park? I guess that would depend on how well we can read a map. We were up, showered, dressed, ate a delicious breakfast, and out the door rather quickly. In typical New York style, we stuck up an arm and within seconds we had a taxi. “American […]

Skagway – Free Things To Do In This Alaska Cruise Port


Today we sailed into Skagway (Yukon Territory), another stunning port in the Alaskan interior passage. Famous for the spectacular scenery from the White Pass Railroad and another opportunity for aerial views, this time with the added bonus of dog sledding on the glacier. We didn’t do either of those things, however we did catch a […]

Enjoy Denali For Less – How We Made Alaska Affordable

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Moose, bears and Mt. McKinley are probably the three things people think of when they hear the name Denali National Park.  The next three words to come to mind are probably excitement, adventure and expensive.  (Unless it is winter, when cold, snow and ice might pop into my head). So, how did we do Denali […]

Top 10 Hotel Alternatives – Save Money With These Options

Bed and Breakfast in Vermont

Finding hotel alternatives is one way we afford long term family travel.  We haven’t won the lottery yet, so we are always looking for ways to save money. Accommodation used to be a huge chunk of our budget. As we traveled around the world we learned a few tricks and discovered many hotel alternatives. Whether […]

Zeus says Bring a Sense of Humor: Funny Photos Around the World

bring a sense of humor

I hope you remembered to bring a sense of humor as I am wrapping up the A to Z blogging challenge with some giggles for the letter Z; a special travel tip is from Zeus, king of the gods: (Well, technically today’s message has nothing to do with Zeus, other than his name starts with […]

Travelers Aren’t Immune To Danger: Don’t Pet the Monkeys!

immune to danger

You’re not immune to danger when you travel. Sometimes travelers need to hear the obvious. Do you ever look at other travelers and wonder what they are thinking.  Here is a general rule that works for us: if it’s not safe or smart at home, it probably didn’t improve when we went into a third […]

10 Travel Tips to Cruise the Mediterranean

Real snake used in entertainment onboard the NCL Spirit

We recently decided to cruise the Mediterranean on the NCL Spirit. It was a last minute deal, and we loved it. No, we did not win the lottery.  We booked six days prior to leaving at a discount so big it was cheaper than the nightly price for a hotel and included  12 nights, all […]

Why Pay For It When You Can Get It For Free (AtoZ Travel Tips)


Why pay for it when you can get it for free? (This is different from “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free”). As we traveled, we were amazed to discover how many wonderful free opportunities exist and just how far a friendly smile will go. Our favorite finds: Free City […]

Visitor Visa Dramas and How To Avoid Them (AtoZ Travel Tips)

visitor visa dramas

One of my favorite souvenirs of our trip around the world is my passport, filled up with visitor visas and permission to enter so many countries. The stories are the same. Never a moment of worry or visitor visa dramas that you hear about so often. We got off the plane in each country, queued […]

Useful and Not So Useful Things To Pack For Extended Travel

not so useful things

It’s really amazing how many not so useful things creep in to luggage.   I don’t know where they come from, but one day you think you are traveling light, the next day you are wondering why you have a giant white bear. Seriously, if you really want to roll your eyes at the not […]

Toilets Come In All Shapes And Sizes – But Rarely Have Directions


Toilets come in all shapes and sizes.  This we learned very quickly.  The difficult part for my western brain, they rarely have directions, although they often have funny toilet signs. Funny Bathroom Signs: Which toilets are for me, and which are for hubby? Usually it’s really obvious. Here are a few of my favorite signs […]

Sleep Cheap – Travel Tips to Save Money on Accommodations (AtoZ Travel Tips)

sleep cheap

Sleep cheap, or free.  After nearly a year on the road we learned lots of tricks to save money on accommodations. No, we didn’t win the lottery, although that would be a great trick! We simply do our laundry by hand, milk our own cows and sleep in places that look like this: Just kidding.   […]

Russian Security Is Serious – Learn From Our Mistakes

russian security

Russian Security Is Serious.  Here is your chance to learn from our mistakes.  Today’s travel tip: When in Russia, don’t go through security gates unless you know how it works, and what is on the other side. Fortunately, our airport encounters with Russian security were without incident. I really wish I had  filmed our encounter […]

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – Don’t Miss Once In A Lifetime Events

once in a lifetime

As we traveled around the world, we  stumbled upon some amazing once in a lifetime opportunities. Since today’s travel tip is for the letter Q, I will start with one of our big mistakes.  We were in England for the Queen‘s Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of 60 years at the throne. This was clearly a […]

Police Pockets Are for Payoffs (AtoZ Travel Tips)

Oil Libya

Police pockets are for payoffs, and there is no hiding it in Morocco. As we drove through the interior we frequently came upon road blocks.  Our tale is best shared in a short story I recently took 2nd place for in a writing contest.  The rules: maximum 250 words  starting “I laughed silently” Dad Knows […]

Open Up to New Experiences – Participate In Local Life (AtoZ)

particpate in local life

Open up to new experiences and participate in local life is my favorite travel tip, as it is what transforms us from tourist to travelers. We don’t want to watch, we want to participate. As it is Wordless Wednesday in addition to AtoZ Travel Tips, I offer these examples. Participate In Local Life  All photos […]