Packing

Vacation Rental Packing Checklist: Kitchen Edition

In 1791, Mozart wrote his opera “Die Zauberflöte” – The Magic Flute. This month, I give you my blog “Die Magischer Koffer” – The Magic(al) Suitcase! It's exactly the same except without music, and in English. Here's your vacation rental packing checklist: ...

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Learning the Local Language

"Good Morning!" "Good Evening!" "How much does this cost?" "Thank you!" "What is your name?" "I am a toilet..." Wait........what? True story. I did spend the first few days (of a 2-week trip) in France confidently "asking" je suis une toilette? , w ...

Ready vacation suitcase on bed

The World In A Suitcase: Carry-On Hacks

If you're one who packs half their wardrobe for a weekend, checks a couple bags and endures the hassles of baggage claim - there is no shame in that. To each his own, I say. But if you're looking for ways to limit the bulk, inconvenience and expense of ch ...

Woman sitting in airport and waiting for her flight using her favorite travel apps on the phone.

A Few Favorite Travel Apps

An opening caveat: your favorite travel apps won't work if your phone doesn't work! While you can get international plans from your home carrier, I greatly prefer (as mentioned in my Scotland blog) buying a local SIM card when I get where I'm going. This ...

Happy couple enjoying the sunset on the beach while using the RCI exchange perk.

What I Wish I’d Known About Timeshare

From stock picks, to how we raised our kids, to "why was I still wearing bell bottoms in 1978?" - we all have that list of things we wish we knew, or decisions for which we could have a do-over. Timeshare ownership (or whether to buy in to begin with) is ...

Overhead view of much needed travel purchases.

Taking Control of Your Timeshare Ownership

2008: Our first timeshare - we had zero knowledge of (or interest in) the concept, only responding because it was free. Likely not a unique story, but we're forever thankful our initial exposure was with Hilton. "Sour grape" timeshare stories abound, but ...