It’s that time of year. That time when everyone and their mothers hit the skies heading home to visit loved ones. The crowded flights and airports combined with El Nino and unpredictable weather can be a recipe for disaster. Some of these tips to avoid holiday travel snafus may be no-brainers, but bear repeating. Especially during this time of year.
From a foodie perspective, New Mexico comes in first with its biggest foodie export: delicious New Mexico green chiles. And while we had plenty of green chiles while in Santa Fe (more on that coming soon), that isn’t the only delightful cuisine that Santa Fe boasts. We decided to learn more about the influence Spanish cuisine on the area in the Authentic Spanish Tapas cooking demonstration at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. And, of course, enjoy the feast that ensued.
It’s one thing to periodically check your email, or log in to social media, or check out the news of the day from your preferred news outlet online. It is quite another to be a working professional on the road. Given that I bring my laptop on every trip and I work while traveling, I have quite a bit of experience with this. Trying to run a business while traveling can be tricky business if you don’t plan right. It can mean the difference between working for a few hours a day then enjoying your destination or major headaches. Here are ways to be efficient in your work and tips for traveling and working, whether traveling domestically or abroad.
Look, we all have them. We all have a moment when we realize we screwed something up and an “oh, crap!” or other choice word flies out of our mouths. It happens to the best of us. This seems to especially be the case when we travel. Now mind you, you want to avoid huge errors, like forgetting your passport or visas for the country you are entering, but in everyday life, things happen. I am no stranger to this, and on my recent Eurotrip, I definitely had my…moments. Some couldn’t be avoided and some could. These are my latest travel blunders, and they were all on one trip.
Before the days of unlimited calls, people had to pay close attention to the minutes they used on their cell phones. But when traveling overseas, it is important to pay attention to both phone and more importantly data usage. Most people don’t realize that even if you don’t open the email, the fact that it came into your phone means it is eating up data. In order to avoid a big for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, use these tips on how to avoid a huge cell phone bill when traveling overseas.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On my recent trip to New York, I decided to take a day to be a tourista. We spent a day visiting the Statue of Liberty with a quick stopover on Ellis Island.
But I couldn’t help thinking, throughout the whole experience, that were visiting Lady Liberty herself. But are we really free?
Whether you are at home, traveling domestically or abroad, safety should always be a priority. While it is likely, in most cities or countries you travel to, that you are just as safe as you would be at home, there is a certain vulnerability that you feel when you travel, especially when you are traveling to a place that you aren’t familiar with. Exercising vigilance is key, along with understanding the unique issues of the place you are visiting. Here are some travel safety tips to employ on all of your travels.
I had 14 days to squeeze it all in. Here I was, trying to finalize a two-week Eurotrip that would have me trouncing around western Europe. I was flying into Paris and leaving from Stockholm, the site of a conference I was attending, and I had to figure out my itinerary for the 14 days between my arrival and departure. In the final stages of planning, I realized that for essentially the same price I could either go straight from Amsterdam to Stockholm, or I could leave Amsterdam and fly to Copenhagen a day early, then over to Stockholm. I had to figure out how to spend a day in Copenhagen… well, less than a day in Copenhagen… but I decided to do it. This was supposed to be an adventure, right? So why not?
And I am so glad that I did.
Kids argue. This is an indisputable fact. And while going on a glorious vacation sounds fabulous, the notion of that putting an end to all possible negativity, fighting, or strife between siblings is not always the case. So how can you make the trip enjoyable for everyone, especially you parents? Here I explore a few avenues that can help minimize fights between siblings while traveling… all while increasing happiness.
Things happen when we travel. Sometimes it’s the aches and pains, many times from long plane rides in cramped seats with no legroom. Other times, you may get an upset stomach from the food or water in your destination. Or maybe you just happen catch a cold while traveling. Whatever the ailment, having your trust medication is key. And when I travel, I always carry certain essential oils that help ease any issues I face. Here is a list of the top essential oils for travelers, and why you shouldn’t take a trip without them. (Note: This is not medical advice and you should check with physicians or your advisers on usage. Also, keep essential oils away from children and pregnant moms can also have issues).