Top 10 Travel Tips
Most practical and affordable ways to travel the world. You do not need to be a millionaire to travel!
Going Round the World
Round-the-World (RTW) trips are one of my favorite topics! There are ‘package’ RTW tickets
52 Travel Scams
you might encounter all over the world. Some are from personal experiences while others were reported by reputable sources.
Bought a Yacht for $1
This was a deal any aspiring sailor would admire and by chance I had become part of. An abandoned sailboat was 'found' by a friend...
60 Best Beaches of NZ
New Zealand definitely has an abundance of beautiful beaches to explore!
Student Travel Organizations
For the younger travelers, student travel organizations can be a great way to get some deals when heading overseas.
Bus F55 to DWC
The bus goes from the IBN Battuta metro station or Satwa Bus station every hour
Simplified look at Tesla Powerall
Tesla has announced a 10 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery for homes, priced at $3,500 USD, and available later this year.
for US, European and worldwide shows
Working Holiday Visas
Many people want to see more of the world, but are not sure how they can make it happen
Palau, a Pacific gem
Palau is an incredibly beautiful island nation with some of the best diving conditions
Visa-free travel to Qatar
Qatar now allows visa-free entry to citizens of 80 different countries.
Sailing to Pika
The Pika Festival is held on the tiny Pacific island of Tinian located in the Northern Mariana Islands
A destination popularized by celebrities and the well-to-do
Pacific Island Gateway
Guam is becoming a great hub for exploring many Pacific Islands. There are regular flights to...
Dubai airports and public transportation options to get there
Budget Flights to Dubai
Wizz Air is currently the cheapest way to get between Europe and Dubai
F55 Dubai Airport Bus
I recently took the F55 bus to the new Dubai World Central airport (DWC), also known as the Al Maktoum International Airport.
Learning to Sail
Buying a sailboat and learning to sail was a lifelong dream
Wreck Diving Chuuk
Chuuk is known for it's world class wreck diving and is located in...
Dracula's Castle in Bran
How to get there easily and cheaply by public transportation. This is an easy day trip from Brasov
Best Car Rental Deals UAE
The UAE has all the major car rental companies such as Budget, Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, etc. but for the best deals
New Year's Eve Fireworks
We rented a top floor executive suite overlooking the Burj Al Arab for the Dubai fireworks display
Islands of Abu Dhabi
Al Reem island is a man-made island just off the tourist club area of downtown Abu Dhabi. There are a chain of islands consisting of reclaimed land
Smartwings flies to Dubai
This is another budget airline that offers good deals between Dubai and Europe.
Sofia public transportation
There are a few different ticket options and ways to get around
There is a popular beach area for kite surfers and those who want to spend some time near the water, just outside of Abu Dhabi.
Bucharest, a city of contrasts
Romania definitely retains a lot from its communist past in the way of bland rectangular buildings
At the top experience Dubai
We recently visited the newly opened observation deck on the 146th Floor at the Burj Khalifa
Dublin bus to city
I took bus 41 from the airport to Dublin's city center. The fare is 3.10 euros cash or 2.50 if you have a leap card.
Top 10 for 2018
Lonely Planet has expanded their list of top 10 places to include Countries, Cities, Regions and Best Value.
10 Best Places for 2017
Lonely Planet expanded their list of top 10 places to include more categories: Countries, Regions, Cities and Best Value!
Top 10 for 2016
Lonely Planet has just published its top 10 recommended countries to visit for 2016. Botswana is the Number 1 recommended country
Getting around Belgrade There are two main bus terminals, both within short walking distance of the train station.
iFly indoor skydive training
This was easily one of the funnest things I've ever done! They provide a few minute-long video for 'training' and then...
Dubai's Best Shopping
We recently went to DragonMart next to International City in Dubai and were very impressed
RTW Flights for All
Many people feel these tickets are so expensive the average person could not afford to purchase one.
Another option for getting from Europe to Dubai on the cheap. They offer non-stop service out of Amsterdam’s Schipol airport
Berlin to Poland for 10 Euros
This deal covers transportation from Berlin's airports to Szczecin, Poland!
After much anticipation (and traffic congestion from the construction) the Dubai Tram is now running.
Larnaca Airport Bus
If you are flying into Larnaca Cyprus, it is very easy to get from the airport to the city by public bus.
Parking near Waikiki Beach
There are some cheap or even free places to park in the Waikiki area of Honolulu, Hawaii
Scuba Diving Musandam
I went diving with Nomad Ocean Adventures in Oman. They run a PADI IDC Dive Center within walking distance of the harbor
Miami's Best Long Term Parking
Three metrorail stations offer long term parking at just $4.50 per day in the Miami area. The Crown Plaza Hotel parking is $5.45 per day.
Amazing drive to N. Cyprus
One of the best drives I've done was from Paphos over the mountains and up the north coast of Cyprus.
Dubai's Public Transportation
Dubai's metro system has gone through some changes recently
Train deals in Europe
Rail companies are offering more deals to entice travelers back to traveling by train
South Beach Miami Parking
Not all hotels include parking, while others might want to visit South Beach just for the day. There are many different parking options
Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art offers free admission and a sizeable collection
Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Visiting the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a great way to spend a few hours in the UAE. The mosque offers free guided tours
Plitvice Lakes with a baby
Here are my recommendations for visiting the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia with a baby. While strollers are not recommended by the park, we were able to do the lower lakes loop
Dubai, not all taxis are the same
There are different types of taxis in Dubai you should be aware of
Updating Garmin GPS Maps
This is my experience updating the internal maps on my Garmin Nuvi 40 recently.
Top Photographed Cities
Nowadays, technology is a big part of your holiday packing because memories are remembered with pictures.
Sydney Opera House
For little more than the cost of a tour, why not see a show
Cheap Sleeps Dubai
There are cheap options for visiting Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai New Year fireworks
We stayed at a hotel overlooking the Palm Atlantis and Burj Al Arab for Dubai's New Year's fireworks display. Includes videos
Getting to Tasmania
The cost of getting to Tasmania has dropped considerably over the last few years. Previously, Qantas was about your only option for flying
Week in Tokyo
I purchased budget flights to Tokyo and Los Angeles, spending a week exploring the Greater Tokyo Area.
Visiting Tokyo Disney
We had a week to spend in Tokyo, so decided to visit the Disneyland Tokyo with the kids.
Long Layovers in Seoul
Korea continues to grow as a regional hub for travel across Asia,
Rota is an island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) about 40 miles north of Guam
Entering the Philippines
due to conflicting information on airline and government websites, I wasn't sure if I could enter!
as a budget destination. You can find cheap flights, accommodation, food and activities but will take some effort to keep costs down.
Da Nang Vietnam
is a great budget travel destination, with cheap accommodation, food, shopping and transportation.
7 Days in Seoul
Korea has opened their borders and you just need to get a K-ETA visa to visit.
Targeting Kingfish in NZ
There are a few ways you can target and catch kingfish: jigging, trolling, livebaiting and topwater fishing. My favorite is jigging as this is a much more active way to fish and the advantage isn’t always with the fisherman!
Very few travel requirements makes this an easy place to escape the cold
and banks peninsula are worth a visit when in Christchurch. You can see the endangered Hector dolphins or experience some French cuisine
Summer travel around the United States this year. Was great to see so many visitors to DC taking in the sights.
Marine Fish Eye Park
This is a short drive south out of the main city of Tumon on the island of Guam.
Sailing to San Jose, Tinian
We sailed to the next island over to attend the festival. We saw lots of dolphins in the harbor
Sailing around Saipan
We circled the island on a sailboat departing the marina around 7am
ZIPAIR Budget Airline
Tokyo's newest budget airline expands from cargo to passenger services.
in the age of Covid. Navigating the many regulations and changing policies.
Bay of Islands
has an important history in the early years of New Zealand
Travel without quarantine
There are more countries around the world opening their borders up to travelers.
Bora Bora adventure!
This destination has been on my 'bucket list' for quite a while and luckily I got to visit shortly before all the COVID lockdowns began
Boat Show in Auckland
I would recommend spending a whole day just to take in all of the displays, information sessions and products. This show is huge!
US citizens or residents working overseas still need to file their federal tax returns
We jumped at the chance to take the kids to the local carnival. There were lots of games and rides for both kids and adults.
Great Hikes in Northland
Whangarei has some great hikes on offer when exploring the area. The trails are well marked...
is usually considered one of the 'must see' places when visiting New Zealand.
Wellington New Zealand
things to see
North Island Campervan Trip
When unable to fly internationally, we chose to hire a campervan
DJI Spark and Mavic Mini
Comparison of these drones. Learn about their differences and see the accessories included.
Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach is one of the top destinations when visiting the Coromandel Peninsula
is located on the scenic waterfront road of Tamika Drive.
Diving the Poor Knights Islands
rated by the late Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world!
Taxi alternatives in Asia
Broken meters, inflated prices, unexpected charges, and unscheduled stops can disappear!
KL airport to city
There are a few ways to get from Kuala Lumpur's airport to the city.
The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy is one of the best in New Zealand!
Learning to Surf
Best way to learn how to surf is definitely by going to a wave pool or man-made wave park.
Ocean Beach and the heads
Ocean beach is near the entrance of the Whangarei Harbour in an area known as Whangarei Heads.
Large round boulders are well known icons of New Zealand
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach
Cape Reinga is the northernmost tip of the North Island of New Zealand. This is located at the end of a long stretch of light colored sand, called Ninety Mile Beach.
Freedom Camping near Auckland
Auckland does not have many freedom camping options near the city center, but a couple can get you relatively easy access into town.
Hokianga Harbour Entrance
Great views just off Signal Station Road near the town of Omapere in the Far North of New Zealand
Detroit has seen it’s fair share of ups and downs so I was happy to see this destination listed in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2018
UAE Visa Changes
Massive changes to visa and business regulations in the UAE
Unearth Seattle's History
There is a unique history below the streets of downtown Seattle that even some residents are unaware of.
Sweet As- kiwi slang
When in New Zealand, you will hear lots of slang including “Sweet As”.
Hawaii Budget Tips
There are some great deals on airfare to Honolulu, compared to just a few years ago. You can use...
The largest bankruptcy in UK aviation history. The airline decided to cease operations
Dubai Metro Passes
Daily, weekly monthly and yearly passes for metro, bus and water bus services! Kids 5 and under ride for free.
Long layover in Fiji
Here is some advice for a long layover in Fiji along with our experiences there.
70k Bonus United Miles
There are ways to earn airline miles other than flying. One of the best I've seen in a while
UAE Traffic Law Changes
UAE has implemented a massive overhaul in their traffic laws, which came into effect July 2017.
High Temps Ground Planes
Over 40 flights had to be cancelled out of Phoenix due to high temps. This could affect more flights as record highs continue around the world.
Tiger Air Is Gone
TigerAir has merged with another budget airline and will disable their website at the end of July 2017.
Airline Fee Workarounds
There are ways to get around some of these fees, such as...
Budget Friendly Flights to Europe
More budget friendly flights are on the way from the US to Europe. The parent company of British Airways, AIG, is...
Free Flights to NZ
New Zealand is getting serious about attracting more people by paying all travel expenses for interviews
USA to Europe for $65!
Budget flights between the United States and Europe have finally become a reality!
Learn German in Europe!
There are many language learning options, but I’ve found the Goethe Institute offers some of the most reasonably priced
One of my favorite parts of traveling is going to the grocery store or market to shop for food.
Volcanoes of Auckland
Mt Victoria has panoramic views of Auckland from across the bay in nearby Devonport.
Hobbiton Movie Set tours
in Matamata, New Zealand is a great experience for fans.
Diving Chuuk and Kosrae
I really enjoyed my time working in Micronesia and being able to explore so many of the islands