Trip Planning

Getting Lost

April 3, 2013
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When I travel, it’s usually for a week or less at a time, because that’s all the time I can get off from my day job. So I try to be efficient and maximize my time. I create an itinerary for each day of my trip—where I’ll go, what I’ll do, and when. I usually [...]

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Go Where Your Passions Take You

December 5, 2012
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I love getting emails from readers, even though sometimes, I’m at a loss for how to respond to them. Sometimes I get emails asking what it’s like to travel solo to a place I’ve never been to. I feel bad that I can’t help those people, though I usually try to steer them toward another [...]

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Organizing Travel the Old School Way

May 18, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, as I was in the midst of my trip planning for Spain, it occurred to me that, despite the many leaps forward in technology during recent years–smart phones, iPads, apps, travel planning websites–my personal method for organizing and planning my trips hasn’t changed in ten years. I still type up [...]

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Great Expectations

April 15, 2011

Have you ever had great expectations for something that weren’t realized? Maybe it was an event you had been looking forward to that got canceled, your dream job that turned out to be a nightmare, or someone you had up on a pedestal who turned out to be very, very flawed?  I recently had an [...]

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Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day

April 5, 2011

A couple of years ago, I decided to get serious about learning Spanish. Mostly, I wanted this skill for travel, whether to Spanish-speaking countries or areas of the US with a larger Spanish-speaking population than Vermont. But I didn’t want to take a class; I wanted to learn on my own time, when I could [...]

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Want to Travel More? Play the Saving Game

March 11, 2011
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Do you wish you could travel more, but your paycheck seems to be gone at the end of every month?  You’re not alone.  Especially in the past couple of years, most of us consider ourselves lucky if we even have a job, let alone have seen a raise that has kept us even with the [...]

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Need Time to Travel? A Career Break Might Help

February 15, 2011

At the TBEX travel blogger’s conference last June, I had the opportunity to meet Jeff Jung, who described a fascinating project he was working on:  Producing video travel guides for people planning career breaks.  (A “career break” is just what it sounds like: a break from employment to pursue travel and other interests).  Well, Jeff’s [...]

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Looking for Some Darn Good Digs?

December 4, 2009

Do you have this problem, too?  I love to travel, but have limited resources.  I’m not interested in staying at fleabag dumps just so I can travel, but if I pay $200+/night for hotel, then I can’t travel as much as I want to.  There’s got to be a happy medium, right?  My preferred lodging [...]

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Raveable Hotel Searches

November 17, 2009

Raveable.com, the hotel review site named one of the top travel websites of 2009 by Travel & Leisure, continues to roll out new features its users have been asking for.  The latest is the ability to search for hotels by features, not just location or price. “Raveable is dedicated to helping everyday travelers find the [...]

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