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I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seat wondering how I, Shelley the World Traveler, could possibly stop traveling. And I will just put you out of your misery and say, I’ve stopped for now. I by no means have any intentions of making that decision a permanent one. Life throws us some curve balls and a few have hit me smack between the eyes. It’s true, travel is for most…

When it comes to air travel you have to watch out for yourself. It’s no secret airlines will take advantage of you in any way they can to make a buck. Here are four things you NEED to know before you buy your next ticket. Basic Economy Fares – Buyer BEWARE. Know what you are purchasing when you buy the cheapest ticket. Unless you’re flying Southwest (Gotta love them for their hospitality, free bags and free…

Looking through my archives of thousands of images, I realized I have a small (or not so small) fascination with doors. To be fair I did grow up in small town America, where doors are mainly functional and nothing to write home about. So perhaps as I ventured out across the globe, seeing beautiful and even breath-taking doors has captivated me. I am happy to share with you few of my favorites! (I, at the…

I remember it as clear as day. I was sitting at the nail salon 3 years ago in anticipation of getting engaged on Valentine’s Day the next week … I know… how basic can I be? Fortunately, my husband has always had a hard time keeping secrets so I knew that I should, at the very least, be prepared.  Like usual, I went for the first travel magazine I spotted. I believe it was a…

I read a statistic somewhere that a large percentage of US citizens still use their debit card as the main form of payment for day to day spending.  This, if you’re an aspiring traveler, is a HUGE mistake causing you to miss out on free cash back and travel awards every year. I have not paid for a flight in the past three years, and I don’t plan to unless the airlines change their award…

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…

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