Tag Archives: Travel tips

How I research travel online

For years my best travel advice came from a retired doctor named Howard who I “met” on the now-defunct website VirtualTourist.  Howard—in his mid 80’s at the time–was exceptionally cranky, no doubt because he was no longer able to travel (for the record, this would make me cranky too.)  Howard put his pent-up traveling energy […]

How we ate cheap in Norway

When we got back from Norway several people asked me “How was the food?” and I answered “I don’t know.”  That’s because, instead of seeking out local specialties and eating in restaurants, we just bought basic groceries from supermarkets and prepared the food ourselves.  That’s not a romantic way to eat and it doesn’t make […]

Your budget traveler’s favorite souvenirs are…(hint, real estate agents)

I don’t buy myself souvenirs when I travel, mostly because I’m cheap.  I love clothes and lipstick, but otherwise I’m not a “thing” person.  I am a food person, but most of what I want to bring home is liquid; local honey or you know, about twenty bottles of olive oil, which certainly would exceed […]

Money belt monoboob and other travel complaints

You’re lucky if you have the chance to travel, so going around complaining is pretty lame.  That said, nothing brings people together like shared whining.  So, in the spirit of solidarity, I give you my travel complaints: Glass coffee tables.  Being able to rent an apartment for a few nights is an affordable luxury.  The […]

Do you cook while traveling?

The top three things I miss while traveling are; My cat Taking a shower without wearing flip flops Cooking Happens every time:  HOB and I are in the midst of a fast-paced trip when we visit a local market and I’m overwhelmed with longing to cook all that beautiful produce. Now that Airbnb is a […]

How to suck at travel photography

Well I don’t know about you but if I read another Pinterest article titled Twelve Tips for Taking Insanely Great Travel Photos: Number 5 Will Blow Your Mind!!! I’m going to barf all over my cheap-ass digital camera. I have a more unique skill, one that doesn’t even require three exclamation points: I take terrible travel photos. […]

Go ahead, take all the napkins you want: endearing things about Taiwan

I’m fairly certain that there’s a state department in Taiwan called “The Department of Giving People Things the Really Want.”  Case in point: Napkins In Taiwan they let you have napkins, as many as you need. There are napkins everywhere.  When people get up from a table, they might hand you their packet of napkins, […]

Lunch boxes in Taiwan, budget traveler’s best friend

People, I am loving Taiwan so much.  Not only is this country busting out all over with gorgeous cultural heritage, but it is a traveler’s dream.  THERE ARE PUBLIC BATHROOMS EVERYWHERE.  Clean, safe, public bathrooms (heart heart heart smiley face exclamation point).  The transportation system is a snap with low prices and an easy-to-understand system […]

An open letter to my husband re: this 16 hour flight to Hong Kong

Dear HOB, How is it possible to sleep for 16 hours straight, waking up for meals and then instantly–poof!– back to slumber?  It is a cruel time to desert me, your insomniac wife who suffers from fear of flying.  Here I am, wearing knee high compression socks and watching an insufferable movie about wedding dates.  My […]

Mini-bus magic: tips for traveling in Albania

Followers of Picnic at the Cathedral will recall that this fall my husband HOB and I spent two weeks in the country of Albania.  If you haven’t had the chance to visit, allow me to highly recommend it.  Albania has spectacular (surprisingly mountainous) geography, an interesting mix of classic Ottoman architecture and Communist era monuments, and a […]