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Konnichiwa Japan!

Tweet When CB and I were sharing our travel destination dreams, he mentioned that Japan is the one country that he really wants to visit. So… we are visiting the Land of the Rising Sun at the end of June. The whole reason we can afford this trip is because we redeemed our United miles for […]

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Planning a Big European Adventure

Tweet Come July, CB and I will embark on a 3-week, 6-country, multi-city whirlwind tour of Europe (also, what in the world made me think I could resist the allure of international travel?). Our full itinerary winds through England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Poland. I love it when my goals align with what I really love […]

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Yucatan Mexico Vacation – by the pesos edition

Tweet We stayed in the Yucatan region of Mexico (basing ourselves out of Merida) for a whole week between Christmas and New Year. Our flights cost a shade under $1,100 for round-trip for two, and we spent ~$1,200 on everything in country. We went on a stick canoe tour through a mangrove forest, climbed Mayan […]

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How to holiday in Turkey for less

Tweet Positioned between Europe and Asia, Turkey is incredibly diverse, with some regions having a European flair, while others taking on more of a Middle Eastern influence. This dichotomy, along with a relatively cheap cost of living, has long made Turkey a haven for tourists. While the cost to visit has begun to rise (Istanbul, […]

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Sharing & renting – collaborative consumption in travel

Tweet In the past couple of years, sharing (or person-to-person renting) has become huge in the travel industry. Everything you need on a vacation – accommodations, tours and entertainment, food, and transportation – can be arranged on a sharing basis (or “collaborative consumption“). One plucky writer decides to assemble a vacation in San Francisco by […]

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Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C.

Tweet Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I am looking forward to this opportunity to have some time off, see my husband, and reflect – with gratitude – on the good things we have going for us. Just as importantly, I am looking forward to a vacation. CB and I are spending our Thanksgiving weekend […]

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Our Christmas Vacation to Merida, Mexico

Tweet Christmas is less than 2 months away, which means that CB and I are less than 2 months away from our romantic escape to Merida, Mexico! We booked this trip around the same time as my trip to Iceland – and it was just as well, because my London adventure has completely jump-started my […]

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Picking unique and memorable souvenirs on your travels

Tweet The first ever souvenir I bought with my own money (allowance) was a little sandcastle from Catalina Island back in 1997 or 1998. It cost $5, a very princely sum for me back then. I still have it at my parents’ home, in remarkably good condition. As I’ve started traveling more, I realized that […]

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Minimum Wage vs. Tipping System: Which is better?

Tweet One of the things I’ve noticed during my stay in London is how nice it is not to have a “discretionary but-not-really tipping system because if you don’t tip the restaurant workers won’t make enough money” scheme that we have in the States. During my vacation, I didn’t tip for take-out food and the […]

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Iceland Beckons

Tweet Just planned my post-New Year’s vacation: New York City and Reykjavik, Iceland! Why Iceland? This was a pretty impulsive decision – I saw a deal on Travelzoo, decided I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, realized I had enough time in my winter break to do so, and thought, “heck, why not? I’m saying YES […]

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Hello to London in 30 Days!

Tweet By the time you read this, I would have already booked my flight to London, England for a 1-week vacation. I’m leaving town in almost exactly 30 days. This, barely six weeks after I blogged that this year will be a year of no international travel. But the stars aligned for me: a college […]

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Saying “no” to big international trips for now

Tweet A year ago, I asked if travel – more adventurous, to farther flung places, to experience bigger, better, more unique experiences –  is the new way of keeping up with the Joneses. Many of you said yes. If that’s true, then I have raised my white flag and declared a surrender.. for now. I […]

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