Nov 172014
 
Should You Stop Dyeing Your Hair to Win More Travel?

Money for travel is hidden in all sorts of strange places. It turns out, there’s even travel loot sitting on top of your head!

Did you know that our recent Puerto Rico trip was funded by my decision to stop dyeing my hair? Calculate it like this: Hair coloring can cost between $80 and $200 per salon visit, and needs to be done at least eight times a year. Therefore, by cutting dyeing out of your life, [...Read More!]

Oct 122014
 
How to Travel With a Baby: 11 Tips to Make it Easy!

People keep asking, “What tips do you have for travel with a baby?” ever since we got back from our Puerto Rico adventure and a subsequent two-week U.S. road trip.

I’d been replying with long emails and extended phone conversations, when it suddenly occurred to me: Why not compile all the advice into one super-useful article on how to transport, feed, pack for, and entertain a baby while away from home? Here it is, chums. From now [...Read More!]

Sep 232014
 
A Comfortable Place to Stay in Luquillo, Puerto Rico

There’s a major downside to staying at a place with “Sunrise” in the name: You’re kind of peer pressured into waking up at the crack of dawn to see what all the hype is about!

When we checked in to Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn (click for availability and rates) during the last leg of our Puerto Rico trip, I grudgingly looked up the sunrise time and set my alarm for 5:52am. (Ooof!) The name of the inn [...Read More!]

Sep 152014
 
Where to Stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Kids or Baby

“Is vacation with a baby just like being at home, but harder?” a fellow new mother asked me this week.

“No!” I responded with passion. “It’s still vacation, just different! With a little planning and some wise choices, I promise you will be able to achieve relaxation and fun.”

The key to actually feeling like you’re on vacation while traveling with a baby, we found during our Puerto Rico travels, is to start with [...Read More!]

Aug 222014
 
Beach Rental Tips, and the Best Part of Puerto Rico

Before traveling to Puerto Rico, I spent a lot of Google-icious hours trying to determine the most perfect part of the island for our young family. After our two week trip, I now have our answer: we liked the West Coast of Puerto Rico best of all!

The West Coast of Puerto Rico has a much more natural, relaxed feel than the built-up East Coast, and it’s just two hours from San Juan using a handy-dandy [...Read More!]

Aug 102014
 
Is it Safe to Visit El Yunque Rainforest, PR, with a Baby?

This is the article I wish I’d found before my husband, baby, and I traveled to Puerto Rico last month. In the weeks before our trip, I agonized: “Will El Yunque be safe for our cute little son?” The park is famous for being the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System, but… is it dangerous? I pictured beasts, treacherous paths on slippery rocks, and pouring rain.

Thank goodness we decided to drive to El Yunque to [...Read More!]

Aug 032014
 
Should I Rent a Car for Puerto Rico Travel? Here's Why.

All my life I’ve been a public transportation lover, but as I researched our Puerto Rico trip in the weeks before we went, a theme kept recurring: “Get a rental car!” everyone “in the know” advised.

But why? Why is having a car so essential in Puerto Rico when we’ve traveled just fine to other locations without our own vehicle?

Once Colin, baby, and I arrived on the island and picked up our car rental, however, it [...Read More!]

Jul 252014
 
The Famous, Beautiful Forts of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

“Of course, you’ve GOT to see the forts in Old San Juan,” anyone will tell you when you ask what to do during travel through Puerto Rico. But why, exactly, are these forts so famous and popular?

The background you must understand is that Puerto Rico was incredibly important, geopolitically. The island was a vital strategic base from the 16th through 18th century as Spain battled with other European powers for colonial control of the region. Whoever held Puerto Rico controlled the [...Read More!]

Jul 162014
 
What an Amazing Oceanfront Hotel View, Puerto Rico!

I’ve always gazed up-up-upwards at the high-rise hotels dotting fashionable oceanfronts of the world, wondering, “What is it like to look down at this beach from such heights?” Happily, I just got the chance to see for myself during travel through San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When the receptionist at the San Juan Marriott (click for availability and rates) told us our room was on the 19th floor, I became giddy with excitement. My first bird’s-eye [...Read More!]

Jul 112014
 
Must-See Colorful Buildings of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is a delight. Wander the centuries-old blue cobblestone streets, gaping at the brilliantly colored historic buildings. Did you know, however, that this treasure was nearly DESTROYED?

Old San Juan was settled by the Spanish in the early 1500s, and the conquistador, Ponce de Leon and his subsequent offspring lived in the city for centuries. By the late 1940s, however, Old San Juan had become decrepit, unsightly, and dangerous. Politicians called [...Read More!]