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10 Travel Roommate Questions I Need To Ask and Disclose

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You think you know your friends and family well?  Try traveling with them to learn more than you ever needed to know (I really should have them complete the travel roommate questions).  Who would have guessed my country mouse friend was a cruise ship liquor smuggler?  I found out when I said “I didn’t know […]

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A Funny Conversation with My Toughest Travel Client – MOM!

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Last year I planned to surprise my mom for her birthday in February with a trip to Europe using my BA Travel Together Award Ticket (a benefit of the BA Chase VISA card where I get a 2 for 1 deal with my points + taxes) but then my world changed in February and had […]

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British Airways World Traveller Plus Review (BA PHL-LHR-PHL)

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I’ve been very spoiled over the years flying Club World (business class) on British Airways from Philadelphia to London return for work in my prior job.  Now that has ended, I’ve had to pay my own way to London (yes, I know cue the sad tiny violins) and have done it in a variety of […]

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Solo Dining London: Chicken Shop Holborn -Oh My and a Side of Pie

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When my former London colleagues would ask what I wanted for lunch, I’d always reply “I’m good with chicken” and they would give me a weird look.  While chicken is everywhere in the U.S., in London not so much.  There were Turkish, Indian, Thai, Italian and sandwich takeaway shops but chicken?  Well that was exotic […]

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The Hoxton Holborn Hotel Review – A Weekend Stay in London

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My last minute weekend in London for my British Airways status qualification trip gave me a great opportunity to try a new hotel, the Hoxton Holborn as I wanted an affordable hotel stay.  The Hoxton hotel has been on my radar for a few years now since it first opened in Shoreditch in 2006 and […]

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Two Days in London to Get My British Airways Silver Elite Status Back

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I wanted my British Airways Silver Elite Status back and this is what I did to get that card! My weekend packing should have entailed two outfits that fit into a backpack or duffel bag and yet here I was with my ten day suitcase all ready to go.  When I pack for a normal […]

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Three Luxury Family Vacations for Adventure Year Round

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Travel Tips, Travel With Children, U.S.

Kids Today are Lucky! This weekend, I spent time with my niece Aubrey, the lucky kid who got to visit Paris & London with me a few years ago.  She was telling me of her spring break trip to Fort Lauderdale with her dad, her upcoming school trip to Virginia, a family wedding in Boston […]

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Easy Safari Photo Tips – The Art of Nature in Africa

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My earliest memories of my first camera used flash cubes and 110 film cartridges.  I then graduated to the Polaroid One Step camera which with a few waves in the air (like you just don’t care) the image magically appeared.  For a grade schooler in the 1970’s, this was so cool.  When I was in […]

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The Charlotte Street Hotel Fitzrovia – Luxury Living in London

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Traveling to London for work, I’ve stayed in a variety of hotels throughout the city over the years, it wasn’t until I discovered the Firmdale chain of boutique hotels owned by the UK designer Kit Kemp that I found my home away from home, albeit a much more stylish, luxurious and colorful home than my […]

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Chihuly Garden & Glass Review – A Colorful Seattle Surprise

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Colorful glass has always fascinated me – drawn in by the shapes, the bright colors and the way that the light changes the piece.  I have yet to take a glassblowing class maybe in fear of being clumsy around hot glass, pokers, etc. (I wonder what the insurance liability waiver looks like for that class?) […]