Looking for affordable things to do in Portland, Maine? My list focuses on posh treats that are all under $20!
Some links within this blog post are affiliate links, which means we are paid a small commission should you make a purchase . I was in Portland for the Women in Travel Summit and some of these experiences were the result of tours which were included in my conference registration fees.
Portland, Maine, is the kind of budget-friendly small city that frugal travelers such as myself are thrilled to explore. With a gorgeous ocean front location, compact streets which are easy to explore, and plenty of low cost attractions, you get great bang for your buck here. And if you want to feel a bit spoiled, you don't have to break the bank. I've got five sumptuous, luxurious, feel-like-a-millionaire things to do in Portland, Maine, that all ring in under $20. In fact, some are even FREE! Get ready to indulge!
Here's how to mix business with pleasure in Canada's capital city.
Millions of people travel to Ottawa each year on business. Politics, law, high tech, conferences, universities - some trips last just a few hours, while others go on for a week or more. But even if you're on a tight schedule, Ottawa offers plenty of attractions and amenities for business travelers to enjoy. So whether you have a day or even just an hour to spare, make sure to visit some of the city's best attractions before you leave - and check out our insider tips that will have you getting around town like a true local!
This is our airport delay playbook... just in case!
Delays are an inevitable part of the travel experience and, believe it or not, not all delays are bad. After all, they're often caused by safety concerns or are the result of an earlier accident - both circumstances that will make you grateful you're only aggravated, not injured. But an optimistic attitude can only go so far, especially when you're in an airport.
Airport delays are the frustration of all frustrations. Maybe it's the pressure and panic of how a delayed departure will influence the rest of your travel plans. Or perhaps it's being surrounded by the general anxiety and grumpiness of hundreds of other passengers. Or maybe it has to do with the fact that airports and airlines still have a ways to go when it comes to customer service. Or maybe it's a little bit of everything, rolled in with jet lag, bad coffee, and scratchy toilet paper. No matter the cause, a little planning, preparation, and research can go a long way to help with delays.
Flying with Turkish Airlines has opened our eyes to a different style of travel.
Lemonade, mint soda, or fruit punch? Step inside the most colorful, coziest, loveliest way we've ever gone from point A to point B! Traveling from Montreal to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines business class was an unforgettable experience and a wonderful lesson in travel elegance. We will never look at travel the same way again!
This trip marked the one and only time we've ever flown in business class (well, okay, there was that time Ryan managed to weasel his way to first class while on route to Las Vegas but that's a sore point). And, just like you'd imagine, it was absolutely divine! But it comes as no surprise that flying in business class is "nice." We wanted to bring you behind the scenes to see just what our experience was like so you can decide for yourself if the upgrade from economy to business is a smart move for you.
Can one tiny product conquer my frustrations - and the goats?
What's the strangest place you've ever tried to connect to Wi-Fi? For me, it was in a tree house, in the pouring rain, in the middle of a no-cell service zone of Hawaii's Big Island, with lava raging destruction just a few kilometers away. We were promised by the property's owners that we would be able to pick up Wi-Fi from their nearby farmhouse -but given the circumstances I think just about anyone would share my dubious skepticism! Happily I had a little trick up my sleeves for just such an occasion.
Keep the pushers, priers, and predators away.
There's some special attention that is very welcome when you travel - perhaps when a hotel clerk seeks you out for an upgrade or an airline staffer selects you to sit in first class (or so I'm told!) But not all attention feels so good. It's hard to seamlessly blend in when you travel to a new destination and sometimes you feel like a lightening rod, drawing in attention when all you want to do is fade away. From pesky sales touts to more dangerous harassers, it can be exhausting to always feel like you're on your guard. Fortunately, when it comes to protecting your privacy from these unwanted eyes, there's a lot you can do in advance to stay safe and enjoy your trip.
There are thousands of travel apps - here's why these 5 make all the difference
I'm a bonafide list gal. My travel planning isn't complete without stacks of paper (printer, loose leaf, construction), Post-it notes, pens, highlighters, the works! But I now have some new tools in my arsenal and they're not paper based! There are hundreds of apps (maybe even thousands) that can make travel more efficient, more affordable - and more fun - but only a handful make the grade on each and every trip.
These are the 5 that I use the most -whether I'm on assignment blogging or traveling for fun. Check them out and let me know how they work for you - and let me know if there's any new apps I should try on my next trip!
Here's how I'm protecting myself online and around the world.
Since I made the transition from traveler to travel blogger, not much has changed in my travel style. I'm still catching early morning flights to save money, still searching for online coupon codes, still going to free museums. And I'm still trying to squeeze in as much as I can on every trip, with early morning cafe visits and late night bookstore stops. The only real difference is that I'm working while I'm doing it and that means a never ending, insatiable need for Wi-Fi.
Technology doesn't come naturally to me (remember I'm still the girl who needs paper maps!) so for years the only thing I cared about when it came to Wi-Fi was that I could find it. I never gave a second thought to online security. I just cared that I could get online! Besides, who would ever care about hacking little 'ol me, with a hard drive full of pet photos and a credit card that's always jammed with airline tickets?
What could possibly go wrong?
I'm thrilled to be heading to Chicago this spring for the inaugural Women in Travel Summit, March 14-16 at the Palmer House Hilton. I'll be leading a presentation all about editing and also participating in a panel about budget travel - but more than anything I'm thrilled to meet so many inspiring travelers and writers! Hosted by the Go Girl Travel Network (the same team who brings the #girlstravel Twitter chat to life each Monday!), I can't imagine anyone who is more dedicated to sharing women's travel stories and experiences. I've been a a passionate fan of Go Girls' work ever since I first started writing and I'm always proud to work with them, be it through #girlstravel or contributing to their website. I can't wait to see what they plan for WITS!
Many people have asked me if female travelers and travel writers really need their own conference - and my answer is a resounding YES. One of my recent experiences illustrates how women face such unique travel conditions.
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