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Quebec City: This Northern American City Feels Like Europe

I’m a bit late on this, but can you believe it’s already 2015? The past few months have been super busy for our household with my returning to work and the endless amount of childcare issues we’ve had. Why didn’t anyone warn me that finding childcare is no joke and no fun?! On top of that, I’ve caught the flu three times and have been sick ever since I returned … Read more >>

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Karisa @ Flirting with the Globe - January 20, 2015 - 3:05 pm

I LOVE Quebec City. I visited for the first time last year in summer – and it’s a gorgeous town in warm weather as well (although, this article makes me want to visit next December)! I love the french food (and champagne), terraces and free cirque shows. Montreal is lovely too! Although, I’m from Atlanta, and I will say (at least when I was there in summer), I found the prices very expensive – not much lower than Paris. (Montreal being quite a bit more reasonable). Sounds like a fantastic trip!

Travel Tip Tuesday: This Site Can Help You Figure Out How Much Spending Money You’ll Need

Expatistan

Expatistan is a cool site that compares the cost of living of two cities.  The folks at the site describe the site as a sort of wikipedia for prices since the prices come from user contributions.  Not only is the site fun to check out if you’re curious how your city compares to another (did you know that the cost of living in San Francisco is 13% cheaper than in … Read more >>

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Brittany - January 24, 2015 - 4:01 am

This is great! I am absolutely awful at estimating how much cash I’ll need when traveling, so perhaps this will help a bit.

Plitvice Lakes: The Most Beautiful Waterfalls I’ve Ever Seen

Several years ago, I stumbled across a photo of a waterfall that looked like it was in the middle of an enchanted forest. The waterfall cascaded from terraces into a crystal clear blue-green lake.   I was sure the picture was fabricated because the scene looked too angelic and surreal; it was the type of picture that belonged as desktop wallpaper. Some time a while later I learned that this place was … Read more >>

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Use This Trick to Avoid Getting Overcharged By Travel Sites

(Photo Credit: GSCSNJ)

(Photo Credit: GSCSNJ)

Today’s travel tip comes from Trish who blogs at FrenchKissedPostcards:

Anyone who has priced a trip repeatedly, back to back online, will likely have experienced the “your price has gone up since your initial search” message.  We’ve experienced this a couple of times and the price jump wasn’t just $20-$30 – it was several hundred!  These sites follow your attempts at booking and depending on … Read more >>

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Trishia Jacobs - October 28, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Another FYI: the hubby had an ‘interesting’ chat with a travel rep on Expedia, asking why their prices were almost always $200 more than Orbitz. She assured him that they guaranteed their lowest prices and would match any other offer. All you had to do was fill out the refund request. As if that’s all customers want: more paperwork and hassel to get the best price:) The chat didn’t go far. But the point is: it really does pay to shop around and compare.

Travel Tip Tuesday: This Easy Trick May Save You Money On Your Next Hotel Reservation

Hotel Reservation
If you book your hotel reservations way in advance, you may be able to save some money with this strategy. Most hotel reservations allow you 1-3 days to cancel without a penalty so it always makes sense to book a hotel as soon as you’ve nailed travel plans.  That said, if you’ve booked your reservations months in advance, there’s a good chance the hotel may have dropped the rates for your … Read more >>

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6 Underrated European Countries You Should Visit Now

When we think of traveling to Europe, we often think of the most well known cities like London, Paris, and Rome.  If you’ve already been to those, is it time to look beyond Europe for your next vacation? No way! Having traveled to most of the major cities in Europe, I was pleasantly surprised by these less discovered destinations — entire countries worthy of more than a pit-stop.  Maybe they are less discovered because … Read more >>

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Karisa @ Flirting with the Globe - October 16, 2014 - 7:54 am

I TOTALLY agree with Portugal – it’s so often overlooked by travelers who head to neighboring Spain instead. All the others are on my “must see” list!