There's value in free museums far beyond their price.
I'm a huge fan of visiting free museums and attractions - gee, that's no surprise! Sure, it's great that you don't have to pay, but there's more to it than that. Often associated with non-profit, charitable, educational, preservation, or historic associations, these places would be amazing even if there was an admission charge - you can really appreciate the passion, knowledge, and dedication of the staff and volunteers. And to me that's more than just a great deal -it adds tremendous value to your trip.
Do you have any travel regrets? Any decisions you'd like to do-over?
It’s not very often I think of travel in terms of regret – in fact, it’s one of the things that I associate the least with regret! While there’s always things I try to learn from on each trip, even when things go badly I still think of the trip with fondness. But there are a few lingering, lasting regrets from past trips that, if I could change with the flip a switch, I would be a happier girl!
Is your carry-on luggage about to be checked? Here's how to protect your bags, even if you think they're within airline carry-on regulations. Updated for 2021!
In my last post, I discussed the search for a carry on bag that worked. Finding the perfect travel bag is easier said than done! But once you have the ideal bag, you still have to do all that you can to keep it safe. This time, I am offering the following 10 tips for carry-on luggage so that you can make sure your trip is a successful one.
1.) Know the carry-on rules for every airline of your trip and read them carefully. Many allow a carry-on bag AND a personal item (like laptop case, purse, camera bag). But some allow only one bag. And some are more strict about having your laptop case just filled with a computer and accessories, not magazines and shampoo. (Here's a comprehensive list of the major airlines to get you started.)
Would you be ready to have your carry-on bag weighed and measured at the airport?
A probable disaster...
Do you think you're an organized and prepared traveler? Consider the following scenario and imagine how you would fare.
It's late at night and you’re in Belgium. In just a few hours, you'll be flying to Bangkok via Istanbul, where you’ll have a 12 hour layover to go enjoy the city. You'll be in Bangkok for just under 24 hours before hoping on a cheap regional flight to Myanmar, where you'll be spending the week, travelling to 3 different cities via train and ferry. It's adventurous, it's a bit crazy, and it's the kind of thing a lot of people are doing these days – making the most of a short amount of travel time, grasping every opportunity to enjoy a city. (And we happened to follow this exact itinerary!)
Here's how we incorporate slow travel during our fast around the world trip.
By now, you know that we've cashed in every frequent flyer point we've ever earned - 80,000 each - to fly around the world. In economy! That's 9 flights, 9 countries, in just 3.5 weeks. Recently, someone remarked that I should make sure to take the time to enjoy it. Of course I will! Quick, compact trips don't have to feel rushed. I believe you can experience some "slow travel" on a fast schedule.
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