9 Tips for Budget-Friendly Travel

Part of traveling the way the locals do is recognizing that an expensive trip isn’t necessary for a “rich” travel experience.  In fact, budget-friendly traveling often lends itself to a…

Medical Motives for Staying Put

“You’re just naturally cystic,” she said casually. “So, when you start getting mammograms, we won’t be surprised.” It was the “we” that struck me more than the “cystic.” I knew…

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Tips for Solo Female Travelers

There has been a lot of discussion on social media lately about women traveling on their own.  In large part, what prompted these discussions was the murder of a woman…

Living with (More) Surprises

Do you ever feel that you’ve had to learn the same lessons repeatedly? I learn the don’t-make-promises-before-you-know-what-you’re-getting-into lesson over and over again. When it happens every time, it shouldn’t be…

New Life Resolution

I’ve rarely made New Years resolutions. In the past I’ve found them pointless. People start off strong then break promises to themselves within weeks or months of making them. Typically…

Staying Chill on the Road

Staying relaxed on the road isn’t always easy, even when you’re enjoying the best trip of your life. Language barriers, missed connections, and luggage snafus are all part and parcel…