Trip Planning Timeline: Days in Advance

Now that our mother/daughter trip to Europe is around the corner, there are a few last minute items that need to happen. I recently wrote about travel planning in the weeks and months leading up to a trip, but often the… Read More ›


Capsule Wardrobe: 2 Weeks in Europe with 1 Carry-on

Our mother/daughter trip to Europe is less than a week away and I’m so excited I can’t sit still! My most recent outlet for my energy (after cleaning the apartment for company this weekend and putting in extra hours at… Read More ›


Trip Planning Timeline: Weeks in Advance

Yesterday I posted the process I followed for planning a trip several months in advance. But before any major trip, there are always last minute details to take care of in the weeks leading up to a vacation. Since today… Read More ›


Trip Planning Timeline: Months in Advance

On large, complicated trips like our upcoming mother/daughter tour of Europe, most of the planning has to be done well in advance. That said, there are plenty of last minute items that we’ve been taking care of this week, and I imagine… Read More ›


I’m Beginning to Understand Guided Tours

I love planning future trips to faraway locations. The thrill of discovery as you search for more information – whether you are looking for the authentic local experience, complete with hole-in-the-wall restaurants and hidden local hot spots, or maybe instead… Read More ›


My Gut and My Brain: Booking with Airbnb in Paris

FINALLY! After a few months searching, researching, clicking around, asking for references, etc, I booked our apartment in Paris! It has been a crazy few weeks at work – I just helped send out a proposal for a job that,… Read More ›


Wheel of Fortune Fuels My Wanderlust

Last night, I was watching Wheel of Fortune on TV when it struck me – the advertisers and sponsors for the show are fueling my wanderlust! and Allegiant Air commercials, all those cruises they give away to Antigua and Jamaica, or those trips… Read More ›


An Engineer and an Artist Walked into a Bar…

Well, we haven’t walked into the bar yet. Once we get to Europe, on the other hand… here’s another bar joke to hold you over until those tales! Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender asks, ‘Can I get you… Read More ›


Mother/Daughter Europe Trip Itinerary Update

Today’s post has to be a quick one, because I’m burning the candle at both ends this week. Despite the busy schedule, I did manage to book a few more lodgings for our trip today at lunch time! Using,… Read More ›


Boston here we come!

We’re going to Boston – I couldn’t resist! Yesterday, I summarized my points balances across my various accounts. One of the unallocated accounts was my Ultimate Rewards account, which could be transferred to various travel partners. Then, late last night,… Read More ›

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