What We Paid: Iceland, France, Morocco

This is part of a series where I break down the costs for airfare and lodging for a specific trip, as well as how much PTO time was spent. I am not including costs for food and activities as those prices fluctuate based on traveler preferences. In general, you can assume that airfare and lodging…

Travel Planning – the Ups and Downs

I haven’t posted in awhile, mostly because I started a new job in May and I get tired easily. It turns out blogging is exhaustive work, there’s all this writing stuff involved and it’s crazy. But with a new job comes new PTO so, although I haven’t been posting lately, I have been constantly thinking…

Safety and the Solo Traveler

I’m a huge fan of solo travel and will sing its praises from every mountaintop. But (there’s always a but, right?) I’ve never felt 100% safe traveling solo. I’ve never been mugged or molested or even propositioned overseas. No one has threatened me or tried to force me into anything (knock on wood like a…

Where to Eat in Havana

Most of my pre-trip research said Cuban food is bland and boring. It’s even been suggested to bring your own spices to the island. While we definitely had some bland food, it wasn’t as bad as I was led to think. The more high-end restaurants have the most flavorful food (no surprise there) – but…

What We Paid: Cuba

This is part of a series where I break down the costs for airfare and lodging for a specific trip, as well as how much PTO time was spent. I am not including costs for food and activities as those prices fluctuate based on traveler preferences. In general, you can assume that airfare and lodging…

What We Paid: Lisbon

This is part of a series where I break down the costs for airfare and lodging for a specific trip, as well as how much PTO time was spent. I am not including costs for food and activities as those prices fluctuate based on traveler preferences. In general, you can assume that airfare and lodging…

Road Trip: Winnipeg

We didn’t end up in Winnipeg on purpose. The original plan was to drive to Fargo, North Dakota. I had taken a Greyhound bus through Fargo twenty years ago and had some dim memory of a quaint Sinclair Lewis-y Main Street, complete with three-story brick buildings and striped awnings. I wanted to see it again….

Lima with Kids

Lima was the first international trip for our 7-year old son. I’m so glad we took the time to visit the city, rather than rushing straight away to Machu Picchu. Lima is a great place for children. Although Lima has a population of 8 million, it doesn’t feel like your typical mega-metropolis. Over the few…

What We Paid: Peru

This is part of a series where I break down the costs for airfare and lodging for a specific trip, as well as how much PTO time was spent. I am not including costs for food and activities as those prices fluctuate based on traveler preferences. In general, you can assume that airfare and lodging…