Jul 152011
 
How to Use Timeshare Pitches for Travel but Avoid Buying

Getting a cheap travel package in exchange for sitting through a Timeshare presentation is a bit like wrestling an alligator. Sometimes you escape, unscathed, and sometimes you get… caught. For that reason, this article on surviving Timeshare hard-sells without buying is accompanied by photos from an alligator wrestling show we saw in the Everglades, Florida. Logical, no? Well at the very least, let it be entertaining.

For those of you unfamiliar with [...Read More!]

Jul 102011
 
Why Miami is One of the Best Cities in America for Travel

When foreign folks ask which cities in the United States I most recommend to visit (cities, not unmissable national parks like the Grand Canyon), I always say: New York City, Boston (I’m biased on that one), Washington DC, San Francisco, and… South Beach, Miami!

Because it’s so far “down there,” a lot of people skip Miami and focus upward, but Americans and visitors, alike, if you haven’t yet been to Miami, put [...Read More!]

Jul 062011
 
A Delicious 3-Day Cruise from Florida to the Bahamas

Cruises evoke a bevy of reactions from folks.

Are cruises “Heaven on Earth,” or an “Inferno of Inauthenticity and Waste?”

Are cruises a great, money-saving deal, or are they financially foolish?

Are they “delectably relaxing,” or “straight up… wimpy?”

All these voices swirled through my noggin when my beau, Colin, revealed he’d snagged a 3-day cruise, 4-day Florida jaunt package at a discount… and we were scheduled to leave the day after we both finished [...Read More!]

Jul 052011
 
3 Striking Signs of Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

I have just returned, joyful, breathless, golden-red tan, and rested from a remarkable week’s vacation in Florida and on a Bahamas cruise!

Stay tuned for the best-of-the-best from the 300 photos and countless tales I’ve now got from the spectacular Everglades, hoppin’ South Beach Miami, powdery Bahamas beaches, cruise livin’, and a certain silver Ford Mustang that we rented. But to warm us up, let us start now with the three most [...Read More!]

Jun 202011
 
An Instant Way to Add Flair to Your Travel and Tourism

My dear friend Meg and I were sitting in an open-air Spanish restaurant in Washington DC earlier this month when we noticed it.

“Women here in DC dress well,” declared Meg as she chomped into a garlic shrimp and gazed onto the street. My friend was feeling particularly fashion-conscious that week, as an article had just come out declaring her native San Francisco one of the sloppiest-dressed cities in the U.S.

“I mean, [...Read More!]

Jun 042011
 
Short Term Classes: A Perfect Launch for Your Travels

Are you yearning to travel, but are fearful of the vast unknown?

Here’s a solution: start your journey with a two to eight-week class in the country from which you’d like to launch your travels.

Why? By starting your travels with a local class, you can get your feet under you in a new place. The moment you arrive, you will have directions or pick-up from the airport, housing, a group of new [...Read More!]

May 302011
 
The Power of One Cheesy 80s Song During World Travel

One of the few songs I had on my small, cheap computer to travel around the world for 9 months was “Rains Down in Africa” by Toto, so you can imagine how many times I listened to it.

There are some songs that, while cheese-tastic, evoke a magical glitter in the air, and for me, Toto’s “Africa” is sure one of them.

So last Thursday, standing under the soaring dome and 100-foot arches [...Read More!]
May 212011
 
Scary Sandboarding Down Giant Sand Dunes in Peru

Perhaps you’ve heard of snowboarding, and perhaps you’ve heard of surfboarding. Both activities are adrenaline-filled and frequently televised… but neither can match the feeling of sand in your underpants that you gain from a little activity known as SANDboarding.

Several summers ago, I lived in Peru and volunteer-taught with my Boston teacher friend, Gareth, in the fish factory town of Chimbote. We lived with the family that owned the school, and got along [...Read More!]

May 122011
 
What's Changed, 1 Year After Returning from RTW Travel?

Exactly a year ago today, I returned back to America after nine straight months traveling around the world.

What a change a year makes! My life now is unrecognizable from 365 days ago… and it’s an inspiring reminder of how we never have to be stuck!

On May 12, 2010, I flew from Madrid back to Boston with no secure job, no apartment of my own, a fragmented social scene, and a small [...Read More!]

May 082011
 
Gotta Know the Housing Costs of a Place Before Travel!

It was New Year’s Eve of 2008, the sun was setting on the gorgeous paradise island of Aruba, and my friend and I were… homeless.

We’d made a dreadful miscalculation.

Marleny and I are experienced travelers throughout Latin America, but in the rush of planning for our Aruba trip, the euphoria of getting such a cheap flight, and the thrill of seeing all the “Aruba: 10,000 Friends You Haven’t Met Yet!” ads on [...Read More!]