Gone are the days of needing to use Travelers Cheques when traveling abroad! With the widespread acceptance of credit cards and worldwide ATM networks, dealing with foreign currency is easier than ever.
One thing always makes me anxious about traveling — fear that I won’t sleep well on the road. I sleep best under very specific conditions. A dark, cool room is ideal. A little light is bearable, and I can usually remove enough bedclothes to adjust for a warmer room. (I’ve been known to yank a thick duvet out of its cover so I could use the cover like a top sheet.)
The one nighttime deal breaker for me is noise. I’ve even woken myself up because I can hear myself breathing!
I love Chicago! The city is clean, the people are friendly, and the architecture is fantastic. It’s easy to navigate the city by foot, bus or “L”, but my favorite way to see Chicago is by boat. There are a lot of cruising options out there, so it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which one to do on your trip.
In my last post, I shared the benefits of solo travel, but I mentioned that it’s not all ice cream and rainbows. There is definitely a dark side to vacationing alone, but it’s nothing you can’t overcome!
Here are my tips to manage common solo travel fears and concerns.
I regret that I didn’t consider solo travel until I was in my early 30s.
It all started on a work trip to Chicago. Because I’d received a last-minute invite to the meetings, I was staying a different hotel than my coworkers who had made reservations months in advance. Suddenly, I realized that traveling on your own isn’t that much different from living on your own. If I don’t need a roommate at home, why do I need a travel companion?
London is old. If you mark Londinium as the official beginning of the city, it’s nearly 2000 years old. Take into account the Mesolithic and Bronze Age structures near Vauxhall Bridge, and it’s thousands of years older than that.
With so much history, you’re thinking there’s no way you can see it all. But I have an itinerary that will let you pack in over 2000 years of history in just one day!
Here are nine places that show how London became the city it is today.
On the last day of your vacation, you open up your suitcase to start packing and uncover a dirty little secret — you never used some of the items you brought with you!
We’ve all been there. Sometimes, it’s due to poor planning—you waited until the last minute to pack, so you just stuffed every clean piece of clothing into your suitcase. Other times, it’s because you’re overly cautious—just in case it rains, you bring an umbrella, rain boots and a jacket even though the forecast for your beach vacation is sunny and warm.
This post isn’t about packing lighter; it’s about packing smarter. There’s no reason to lug around the extra items. By getting rid of them, you’ll make more room for the essentials or, better yet, reserve space for on-the-road purchases.
Here are some things that always seemed to stay in my bag. Nowadays, I leave them all at home.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, making Stratford-Upon-Avon a perfect destination for 2016. The city has always honored its most famous son, but the atmosphere feels even more celebratory these days.