When to Splurge or Save on your Trip

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Some budget-minded travelers count every penny on a trip, ensuring that they never go over a carefully planned budget; others prefer not to worry about the costs at all, spending what they want without a limit. Most travelers, however, fall somewhere in the middle. We want to keep costs low but we’re willing to splurge on a few things to ensure we have the best experience. How do you know when to ... Read Full Article

Europe Packing Advice for Women

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With airline carry-on size allotments shrinking and checked baggage fees soaring, every little bit of luggage space counts. And, packing for a trip to Europe can be a balancing act between bringing the necessities while not using precious space for non-essentials. Our packing advice for women: sort through your must-take travel items, taking only what you will really need, while leaving what you ... Read Full Article

Creating and Sticking to a Travel Budget

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No traveler wants to count pennies while on their dream trip, but the reality is that most of us can’t afford to throw out our budgets and deal with the fallout once we’re back at home. While creating--and sticking to--a travel budget isn’t glamorous, it’s also not that difficult. With a bit of pre-planning, some organization, and, most importantly, a little self-discipline, making and abiding by ... Read Full Article

Paris Insider tips: Make the Most of your Paris Trip

The Champs Elysees is the heart of Paris

I have traveled to Paris dozens of times and am always amazed at how much I learn about this wonderful city on each visit. It is always an exciting experience. Here are just a few Paris insider tips I have learned through the years. By sharing these Paris travel tips with our readers, I hope to positively contribute to our readers over all Paris travel experiences. Paris Insider ... Read Full Article

Pre-Trip Planning for Your Travels to Europe

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When traveling to Europe, it is essential that you plan ahead. Here are some of the things you can do in advance to make sure you avoid the glitches that may occur when you aren't prepared. Pre-trip planning for Europe Travels Get a Starter Supply of Euros Before You Go We usually carry a couple hundred euros with us as we travel to Europe. It is nice to have some cash for tipping or taxis ... Read Full Article

How to Travel with Carry-ons ONLY

Irene and RIck Butler

Whether travelling for long periods, through several countries, or just going for a week; we only travel with carry-ons. My husband Rick and I travel consecutively for many months annually, visiting a number of countries, hence numerous flights. Regardless of the length of these travel-stints (our last one entailed 25 countries in 9 months) – we take only a carry-on each. Here's how we travel with ... Read Full Article

Hotel or Apartment? How to Choose

After you've decided where to go and how you'll get there, the big question is where to stay. A hotel is still the most popular choice, but there are other options, and plenty of savvy travelers are choosing to rent an apartment or house. My recent trip to France is a good example of the pros and cons of hotels vs apartments; my husband, John, and I stayed in two of each. Our one-bedroom, ... Read Full Article

The Extended Layover: Get More Out of Your Travels

For years, I flew from point A to point B without even thinking about the cities in which I had layovers. In Europe, I had stopovers in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and more, and I never really thought about the fact that these cities’ magnificent sights and cultures lay just outside the airport walls. Then an old friend clued me into the extended layover, a great way to take in additional ... Read Full Article

Avoiding Credit Card Woes in Europe

  Recently, we have noticed that our credit cards do not always work in some areas of Europe. Although not a cause for panic, there have been a few changes that travelers should be aware of when using credit cards in Europe. The Chip-and-PIN cards were introduced in Europe almost ten years ago and now more than 80 countries use them. The Chip-and-PIN credit cards use an embedded ... Read Full Article

Six Reasons to Visit Europe this Winter

Berlin, Germany-acting like a local while sipping hot cider at an outdoor market

In the summer, travelers flock to Europe to tour the sites while basking in the warm sunshine. Sounds perfect, right? Well, it is perfect until you step off the plane and realize that everyone else has the same idea. Along with the picture perfect weather, come throngs of camera-toting tourists. To escape the crowds, consider visiting Europe in the winter. Yes, the weather may be chilly (or, even ... Read Full Article