Taking an international trip can be daunting, especially if it’s your first one. Where to stay? How to get around? Do you need a guide? Talk about overwhelming…. Most people I talk to already have a dream location in mind. Here’s a quick guide on how to make your dream a reality! Before you book, check out The Art of Travel on finding the best locations and vacations for YOU. 1. Buy an Airline Ticket!!!!…

I’ve spoken with quite a few friends and family who are concerned about having too many credit cards and what that might do to your credit score.  It is a very valid concern. However keep in mind that debt like mortgages, student loans, and car loans are the best way to build your credit and have the largest impact. I have had 8 different travel award credit cards (4 that remain open) at this point…

As I wedge myself into the back of a top-heavy bus winding up the hairpin-turns of the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco, I realize….. this trip is not for me. It’s not the location or the food or the culture that’s the problem. The problem is the way I’m experiencing it; cramped on tour bus going from stop to stop with no free time. To me this is the worst travel has to offer and…

The global sharing economy has unlocked a whole new world of home-away-from-home experiences. As a result, hotels have lowered prices and introduced fantastic award programs to stay competitive. I’ve provided my favorite travel sites and companies to book hotels, apartments or homes for the best possible price and value. Enjoy!! 1.Booking.com. We have found some great apartments and hotels through this site. I haven’t found a hotel booking site (expedia, hotels, hotwire) that has the…

Most well traveled road warriors have their own packing trade secrets, and usually some strong opinions on the fold vs. roll technique. I’ll admit, I take on packing like a new 1000 piece puzzle challenge to be masterfully put together. I’m always strategizing on how I can fit clothes and gear into the least amount of space possible, utilizing every square inch. I thought I was a world class packer… until one day I learned…

There is no secret formula for getting the lowest possible fare every time you purchase. However, there are avenues to ensure you at least come close to that elusive, budget-friendly fare. I’ve compiled a list of apps and sites I use to research and purchase award travel and cash purchased flights. Search Engines First, I ALWAYS check Google Flights. If you’re using chrome, all you have to do is type in the flight route you’re…

As I sat atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the vast Kenyan Serengeti, I looked down to realize there were black tiny spots all over my jeans. A closer look revealed…pepper ticks. EEEEKK! Thank goodness for the duct-tape I had around my water bottle for emergencies. A little duct-tape over the jeans and good-bye pepper ticks! In addition to clothes, shoes and toiletries there’s a lot more that goes into packing for a developing country. Being…

I’ve always considered myself a very independent person, but sometimes my stress gets the best of me. From time to time, we all need to be pushed to our limits. Here’s the thing: sometimes stressful situations arise that we aren’t quite prepared for, especially when you are traveling.  So how do you handle that? Here’s a hint – I didn’t do so well… A couple of months ago, I had a flight from DC to Barcelona with…