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How Much Does it Cost for Eight Months of Travel Around the World?

      When I tell people Conrad and I traveled around the world for eight months, they invariably think we must have an overflowing bank account. But in reality, taking a trip of this magnitude is less expensive than you may think. In this post, I’ll list all the costs, along with the grand […]

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Traditional London

  How does one describe a city as diverse as London? Pulling from my Interior Designer Days, I describe design in three main categories: traditional, classic, or contemporary. Touring London had “traditional” coming to mind at every turn. Traditional, according to Oxford dictionary, “long-established, handed-down, habitually done.” That’s London through and through. Here are two […]

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Who Were the Highly-Motivated Humans That Built Stonehenge?

Standing on the grassy Salisbury Plain of Wiltshire, England, I am one of dozens of modern-day curious tourists gazing at the huge stone monoliths of Stonehenge. With cell phone cameras held aloft, we jockey into position to get the best photos – made fabulous on this particular day by the long shadows in the setting […]

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Bicycling Scandinavia: Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen

Comparing Three Cities and Their Biking Culture While Walking Denmark in 2010, I witnessed more bicyclists than I had ever seen on the network of ample, hedge-rowed manicured paths. The Scandinavian bicycling philosophy became clear to me. It’s serious business. More accurately, bicycling is an entire way of life in Denmark.   At the top […]

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Don’t Call it a Vacation: This is Living on the Road

This year Conrad and I are traveling for eight months. Two years ago we spent two months in Spain, and in 2010, we set out on an adventure that lasted three years. I travel with intention that is often misunderstood. What I do is not a vacation. Seeing new lands and experiencing cultural differences pulls […]

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Travel Photo Roulette #111, Theme: Repeating Shapes

And the winner is: Carole from Travels with Carole. Everything in this somber photo lends to the tone of the ancient graveyard. Its monochromatic overall look, including the deftly placed gray olive trees in the foreground, make me feel the respect this final resting place deserves. As for the repeating shapes, they are a swirling […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World: July 2015

  In an “epidemic of narcissism and recklessness,” as told by the New York Times today, travelers are making asses of themselves. This is a story of the selfie gone terribly wrong, where the desire to post one’s photo or video on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, is causing folks to pose naked or cause drunken […]

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Full-Time Travel: How is it Financially Possible?

In the three years I’ve been writing this blog there has been huge growth in numbers of full-time travelers – and those who dream of full-time travel. The dreamers gain inspiration from the many gorgeous websites and talented bloggers who show us what a life-changing experience full-time travel really is. So the question shows up […]

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Momos, Death Avenue, and the New Whitney

You’d think that having spent part of my growing up years on Long Island, living in Manhattan during my wild and crazy 20s, and taken dozens of trips to the city for business and pleasure, that I would know every neighborhood, sight, and attraction. But New York City has evolved – from the 1960s hopeful […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World: April 2015

    1. An article in last Sunday’s New York Times travel section resonated with me. And while it’s not urgent news, the words should be heeded and remembered by all travelers. In a nutshell, GET LOST! Stephanie Rosenbloom starts out by telling the reader she came across the bronze statue of Michel de Montaigne […]

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What’s Your Angle? Travel Photo Roulette #98

AND THE WINNER IS . . .  Carrie’s stunning photo from Morocco, was taken from the gull’s angle. I appreciate the photographic excellence it took to achieve the simple elegance, too. Bright light usually blacks-out everything else in the frame, but the gull’s details here are fully there, including the smug look and his beady […]

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Language Schools: Surprising Travel Resource and Memory-Maker

  In order to travel deeper, to get more out of the experience, I have to dig. It means seeking. It means connecting. And when I find myself in a foreign country where I don’t speak the language, my lack of skills automatically means my relationship with locals is curtailed. That bugs me. Behind the […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits for February, 2015

      Do you have a drawer full of leftover foreign currency? Every time you come home, there’s always a few Euros or Lira you haven’t used. Right? Enter Travelers Box. At some airports around the world you can find this clever kiosk that allows you to convert that extra coinage and bills to […]

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Cordoba: Where Muslims, Jews, and Christians Once Thrived Together

    On a recent 2-month trip around Spain, I had the great pleasure of staying 4 nights in Cordoba. And even though its tight neighborhoods had me longing for wide open spaces, the whole experience gave me the big-world view of how Spain became Spain. Here’s what I found out: Over the course of […]

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Free Airfare 101

Conrad and I just got back from Spain, and earlier this year we flew to Los Angeles and San Francisco. And we have enough miles leftover for us to fly to Europe again. We paid nothing for airfare. But I get ahead of myself. Here’s how it started: In the mid-1980s when my kids were […]

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I Took a Tour to Turkey and Loved it – To a Point

I’m not a fan of travel tours. Travelers are rushed through cities and countries, see only the main tourist attractions, and have little or no time to explore on their own. The valuable component that is missed on travel tours is cultural immersion. You know, those sweet times when you meet a local and discover […]

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The Felines of Ephesus

Tiger-striped and thick-furred, a friendly cat pushed her cheek against my tentative hand before lithely flipping on her back, inviting me to a tummy rub. Taking her up on the invitation, my fingers gave a hearty scratch but I could feel thick oily dirt coating my fingertips, so I withdrew my hand with thoughts of […]

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Nora Dunn’s New Ebook: How To Get Free Accommodation Around the World, is Out!

  In the world of travel blogging, Nora Dunn, aka: The Professional Hobo, is one of the big shots, the queen of solo travel, a veteran with experience and savvy galore – and well deserved, too, after her amazing seven years on the road traversing the globe. And I know her new book will soar […]

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — May 2013

  Brand new Norwegian Air Shuttle, (NAS), just purchased 222 jets for an estimated 10 billion bucks. The new fuel-efficient planes allow NAS to compete with the more established Ryan Air and easyJet. Next time you’re searching for a cheap flight in Scandinavia, Europe or Asia, see what NAS has to offer. I know I […]

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — March 2013

1. Whole Foods Markets launched a new travel company Whole Journeys this year. Next month marks their inaugural trip to Turkey. Eleven more tours are planned including an epicurean biking trip through Italy and a hiking trip on a caravan road in China where horses used to carry teas. Prices range from $2,800 to $4,500 […]

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5 Distilled Travel Tidbits from Around the World — February 2013

 and its ascendance in hipdom continues with the renovation of the Karakoy district, formerly an industrial seaside district where workers went only for electrical supplies or a visit with prostitutes. In 2010, two restaurants opened — Lokanta Maya and Bej — opening the floodgates for artistic types to flourish with stylish hole-in-the-wall boutiques and coffee […]

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Five Off-the-Beaten Track Must-Sees for the New Year

Planet Earth holds wonders plentiful and marvelous. No one could ever experience them all but I offer up five places that slide under the mass-media radar. They are nevertheless priceless nuggets that offer design, history, sunshine, iconography, and whimsy. Enjoy!   If you need design stimulation of the first degree, get thee to the streets […]

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8 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — January 2013

1. Upon disembarking your plane, wouldn’t you love to eliminate the shoving, pushing and general cattle round-up at the baggage carousel? Now you can. For 30 bucks and up, United Airlines will deliver your luggage to your home, hotel, office or other final destination. Not all cities on board with the optional service, however. But […]

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New Year’s Eve in Baltimore, U.S.A. — A Photo Essay

Conrad’s and my house sitting gig is coming to a close soon here in Baltimore, Maryland in the good ole U.S of A. And since I have also recently been trying to improve my photography skills, (there’s so much great competition out there and I have much work to do to merely keep up with […]

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6 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — December 2012

 

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — November 2012

 will be able to use it to visit Turkey. Starting January 1st, 2013, Holders of the Global Pass and Select Pass can get to Turkey via Bulgaria on Turkey’s state railway T.C.D.D. offered by The Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France upon your arrival. The hotel, actually in the Caribbean and on a tiny island […]

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6 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — October 2012

who no longer want to be in the building management business, are selling off foreclosed properties at huge discounts — up to 80%. Catalunya Caixa, Santander, and Banesto Bank are amongst many banks slashing prices on mostly large developments in tourist areas. Mar de Canet, for instance, a complex in a beach town south of […]

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7 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — September 2012

The Royal Penthouse Suite at The Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland goes for a mere $65,000 a night. It includes: Bullet-proof doors and windows twelve rooms, twelve bathrooms Billiard room Private elevator Library Fitness center Call a few friends and lets go! Hmm, if we invite 130 people, that’s only $500 per person! For […]

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6 Distilled Travel Tidbits From Around the World — August 2012

  . The biggest savings is time when you waltz through security without undressing or pulling out your laptop, and then quickly clear customs at many U.S. airports with the special Global Entry sticker affixed to your passport. After paying a $100 non-refundable fee, filling out an application and participating in an interview, you get […]

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To Tour or Not To Tour. . .

Long before I knew what a travel tour was, I was inherently against the idea. After all, I thought, wasn’t the idea to discover new stuff by examining it on your own time at your own speed from your own angle? That last statement basically sums up my “M.O.” in everything I do, by the […]

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