So, you’re going on a vacation to Europe (from North America), should you bring your cat or dog? It depends. In our case, travelling for over 6 months, it was a resounding “yes”. There are many reasons why you’d rather bring your pet than leave them at a boarding facility or under supervision of someone … More Flying with pets to Portugal: steps and info
I get asked all the time what my favorite destination is. If I could drop everything right now, where would I go? Surprisingly even to myself, my answer rarely changes.
-Hawaii-I answer, before I can think
-Really, but haven’t you been there every year for the last 9 years? Don’t you get tired of the same old? … More why Hawaii is the go-to vacation spot
When I was living in Europe last, Airbnb was just starting out and wasn’t nearly as widespread as it is now, so paying 40$ for a room to split between 2-3 people while travelling with friends was the cheapest option, comparable to getting a bed in a dorm. Nowadays, there are tons of options in most touristy spots of Europe where for around $40 a night, all of which come with the amenities listed above. … More Beginner’s Guide to Airbnb
The best way to exchange money in Guatemala isn’t at the ATM’s but at the bank itself. In Antigua, foreign currency is only accepted by the two banks located at the Parque Central, one is PanAmerican and it only exchanges 200$ at a time at (roughly, 1 USD=7.5 Q as of Dec 2015) while the bank on the side street that has a courtyard entrance, exchanges up to 500$ at a time and offered 7.6Q for each dollar (exchange rate inquired about within 5 minutes of each other). Both do not charge any bank fee and only require you to present your passport at the time of transaction. … More Antigua Currency Exchange
When considering our first over-wintering in a tropical country, requirements were few: -direct flight from Atlanta, GA -be reasonably priced, such as monthly rentals under 600$ and food under 400$ -easily accessible to other parts of the country by public transport -have minimum requirement for pet entry -offer a yoga or wellness-related retreat at an affordable … More Overwintering options on the cheap
We’ve all been there: stuck at our routine day job, fantasizing of packing it all in and relocating somewhere tropical on the cheap, drinking margaritas and stretching the value of the dollar. Retiring or establishing a location independent business may sound attractive in places like Belize, Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico, but “cheap” isn’t the first … More Retirement overseas: dream or reality?
…Or how we ended up moving cross-country to start a fresh life out of the city When searching for our new off grid home, one thing was certain: a long growing season is a must if you’re going to be able to provide your own sustenance, therefore an agricultural zone above 7a was desirable. While … More Lessons in buying real estate online
One day, laying on the less than pleasant beach in Florida Keys, I began to think back to all the wonderful sun-and-sand destinations I’d had the privilege of visiting and was compelled to make a list. Hopefully, it will inspire or at least clarify things for my beloved readers: First place is a tie between Aruba … More Top 10 International Beach Destinations
My trip to Ibiza was a last-minute decision. While studying for an environmental isotope course exam during my Master’s in Germany (back in 2011), I started searching for a “reward” trip online, having 10 days between exams in late August I was itching for a little sun and sea vacation. It was 11 pm the … More Finding Freedom in Ibiza
…The Pro’s and Con’s Once, I lived in Germany while studying for my Master’s (that blog is HERE) and in a span of 2.5 years, I’d visited: Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Switzerland, many parts of Germany, Croatia, Czech republic, Morocco, Greece, as well as the islands of Tenerife, Ibiza, Skiathos; I’ve volunteered in music festivals without speaking the … More Female Solo Travel