Why I love the window seat

Window or aisle? I choose window. Sure, you have a little less room than your neighbor on the aisle and the need to use the restroom mid-flight suddenly becomes a big ordeal, requiring the entire row to vacate. But you get a headrest in the form of the wall of the plane. Oh, and the view. You get the view, too.         … Continue reading Why I love the window seat

Taking a break from it all

It takes a lot of courage to leave the security of a regular job that isn’t making you happy, but Julie did just that. Her decision to take a few months off from work was met with disbelief but that didn’t stop her from making this big move. Now, at the end of her “break,” Julie reflects on the past couple of months and what … Continue reading Taking a break from it all

Using Instagram on the Road

Social media has changed how many people travel in the past decade. Before leaving on a trip, we post to Facebook or Twitter, asking for suggestions. We make Pinterest boards that inspire our next destination. We troll internet booking site for good rates and take Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews as gospel when choosing a hotel or tour company. But what about once all of … Continue reading Using Instagram on the Road

Becca Powelson: February 2014’s A Lady Away

Becca Powelson gets around. Literally. And this year’s American Airlines Road Warrior winner has no plan to slow down. An Ohio native, Becca graduated from Miami University in 2005 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  “As a child I knew two things for certain: that I would be a teacher one day and that I wanted to celebrate every birthday at McDonald’s forever.” But, as many … Continue reading Becca Powelson: February 2014’s A Lady Away

Sunset stroll through Begur

On my whirlwind 60 hours in Costa Brava last September I visited several little, charming Medieval towns in the region. Along with Norma, my guide and new friend, we zoomed all over Emporda, making the most out of very limited time. One of my favorite stops, the town of Begur, wasn’t even on my initial itinerary but, in my experience, those oftentimes end up being the … Continue reading Sunset stroll through Begur

#tbt Puglia, Italy

In January of 2003 I took a long weekend trip from where I was studying for the semester in Rome to the Puglia region of Italy. Puglia is the heel of the boot, so to speak, and has had quite a bit more tourism in the past few years than it did when I visited over a decade ago. Unfortunately I didn’t have a big … Continue reading #tbt Puglia, Italy

The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

One can’t walk around the streets and over the countless bridges of Amsterdam without taking notice of the many boats tied to the canal walls. These are houseboats and are valuable real-estate in the city. About one third of Amsterdam’s 2,400 houseboats are moored within the 17th century canal system of downtown Amsterdam and regulations on the number allowed have made them valuable property. Living on … Continue reading The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

A Visit to Carlingford Oyster Company

A soft sunset, a quiet breeze, a happy, wet dog nudging at my hand with his nose. My all too brief visit to Carlingford Oyster Company in Carlingford, Ireland was the perfect way to end a visit to the area. All day, I was looking forward to this final stop on our TBEX daylong press trip from Dublin and my only regret is that we … Continue reading A Visit to Carlingford Oyster Company

No Need for Menus

I’m going to admit something here. I’m not a foodie. Let me say that again, make sure you understand. I’m NOT a foodie. In the travel writing and blogging world I feel like everyone is a self-proclaimed foodie and I might get my passport revoked for this blatant admission. But amateur foodies/critics/photographers can be found in all walks of life. All you have to do is … Continue reading No Need for Menus

Abbie Synan: January 2014’s A Lady Away

A new segment for this new year, I’m excited introduce my readers to Abbie Synan. I first met Abbie at TBEX in Toronto last spring and was happy to reunite with her at TBEX in Dublin in October. Abbie is an energetic, fun and always has a hilarious story up her sleeve. This globe trotting giggler recently returned from exploring Europe and is setting out … Continue reading Abbie Synan: January 2014’s A Lady Away