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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!

Travel Tip Tuesday: 3 Tips to Save Yourself From Lost Baggage Woes

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(Photo source)

Do you ever travel without your camera or cell phone?  Me neither.  Since you always have a photo snapping device handy, use it to save yourself from headaches if the airlines lose your luggage:

  1. Before you check in your luggage snap a quick photo of your bag.  Having the photo of the bag will be a lifesaver if the airlines ever lose your bag especially if you find
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8 Things I Learned Traveling With A Four Month Old

Traveler #3 has been with us for just four months and she’s already teaching me about travel – mainly, that it’s not going to be easy traveling with a baby.  Or maybe, it’s just not going to be easy traveling with her.  

I’ve heard stories from people traveling with a 6 week old, 10 week old, 3 month old, and 6 month old and they all seemed to be pleasantly … Read more >>

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Mark - October 9, 2014 - 11:22 am

That photo of the baby is so cute!

Trishia Jacobs - October 9, 2014 - 1:36 pm

I’m sorry to hear that Traveler No. 3 is not the “bestest” of travel partners:) I think the good news is that, in another year or two or three … kids being kids … you might find that she totally changes and traveling will be easier.

I appreciate your candidness in relating your experience. I am skeptical of travel blogs that always paint a rosy picture of traveling, and especially, traveling with kids.

Reading between the lines, I gather that you and your husband strive to be conscientious and considerate of your fellow travelers. This is something that many new parents forget — not everyone is crazy about babies. I know that sounds crass, but the truth is: I’ve been there and done that. At my age, I appreciate silence. I’ve been around parents who tune out their crying child while every scream pierces through my nervous system.

It will be interesting to see how Traveler No. 3 influences your future travel choices. Perhaps road trips or cruises may be better for a while. Whatever your decision, it’s very heartwarming to read how you are indeed putting the baby’s interests foremost even if it means sacrificing some travel fun.

JustWanderlust - October 9, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Thanks, Mark!

JustWanderlust - October 9, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Hi Trishia – Thanks for your note! I’m hoping that as Traveler #3 grows, she’ll be easier to bring out. Right now, it’s hard just to take her to the store! :P I was one of those people who couldn’t stand babies/toddlers on flights because I always happen to sit in front of one who likes to kick my seat or cry nonstop while the parents don’t do anything about it. I love Traveler #3 tons, but I do NOT want to be one of those parents! So…we’re definitely going to have to adjust our traveling style for a bit while we figure out how to manage it with a baby. And lastly, I’m glad to hear you appreciate the candor. Traveling is fun and all, but not everything about traveling is rosy – that’s for sure! Of course, the “less rosy” experiences make me appreciate the “rosy” ones that much more. :)

Travel Tip Tuesday: How To Keep Everything Organized When Packing

Ever seen travel packing cubes and be tempted to buy them?  I’ve bought a pack before and I actually never use them.  I implement a much more archaic and less costly method when I pack: old grocery store bags.


(Here’s a bag we recently packed for a vacation we took with Traveler #3.)

When packing, use plastic shopping bags to organize everything in your luggage.  I usually have 1 bag … Read more >>

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Map That Shows Which Countries Are Most and Least Welcoming Of Foreigners


Now isn’t this an interesting map? This is from an old Washington Post article a year ago, but I’d be surprised if the sentiments abroad have changed much since then.  At a glance, it looks like countries with stricter governments are less welcoming of foreigners although Denmark, the world’s happiest country, is an outlier with that theory. I wonder how the Danish happiness factors into their view of foreigners?  On … Read more >>

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Tom - October 3, 2014 - 2:17 am

Yeah! I’m glad that my country(Portugal) is very welcoming!

JustWanderlust - October 9, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Tom – Portugal was an amazing place to visit!