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…

A passport is just a blue little book with your picture in it, but it holds pages and pages of possibilities. It’s like the world is at your fingertips when you hold one.  My wish is that everyone could have the experience of travel.  If  you are traveling internationally you must have a passport. Period. Many countries also require a visa. Getting a new passport is not cheap and takes time, so make sure you…

Let’s be honest, I survive international flights. I definitely don’t thrive in any sense of the word. Travel days can be hard. A curated carry-on list will make your trip exponentially more comfortable. This is my complete list of carry-on MUST-HAVES for international trips. You are welcome! In my Wallet Passport and Drivers license (if you are driving internationally) 1-2 travel credit cards (Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Ink) and 1 debit card (Charles Schwab)…

Like many visitors to Sintra, we came for the photographs and other-worldly castles that sit atop a mountain overlooking the sea. Despite three days of relentless fog and rain threatening to drown us, we fell head over heels with this adorable Portuguese village. As the moorish and pastel colored castles rose out of the fog before us, we were HOOKED. Most people hope to cram Sintra into a day trip. Even with three days to…

If you are traveling overseas from the United States and are looking to exchange dollars for Euros or Pounds (a stronger currency), the last thing you want to do is incur additional fees on top of your investment in your trip.  We have a few tips to keep you from collecting ANY additional fees on your purchases while abroad. You’ll need cash on hand for tips, restaurants that don’t accept credit cards and street vendors. Bank…

I certainly don’t need much encouragement in my habits of Wanderlust and addiction to adventure. But once in awhile, when I’m not traveling, I like to let my mind do the wandering. We’ve curated a list of our favorite movies that will take you to the streets of Paris after midnight, a wedding in India, a volcano in Iceland, the shores of Italy and beyond. Enjoy! The Secret Life of Walter Mitty  Seven Years in…