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Confessions of an Unrepentant Diverbo Addict:

The Meeting Center for Pueblo Ingles at La Alberca (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Warning! Volunteer Just Once for this Unique Language Program, and You’ll Be Hooked For Life. When Simon and I discovered Diverbo Pueblo Ingles nearly 15 years ago, it was one of those random events that would later prove to be life-altering. We were living in Atlanta at the time, adjusting to being recent empty-nesters and […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Middle East / Travel / Travel Tips

Your Jordan Pass:

View of Part of Amman from the Citadel

Opening Doors to Jordan’s Rich Past and More. As we recently discovered, Jordan is a sparkling jewel among nations. From a historic, cultural and culinary standpoint, it hits all the high notes for me. And the people are among the most friendly and kind you’ll find anywhere. Now, in case I was too subtle, I strongly […]

Central and South America / Hints for Happier Travels

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise Chapter 9

A Very Special Wheelchair Donated to an FPI client by the Coronado Rotary Club

The People the Travel Brochures Forgot: Over the last three years, I’ve written at length about Panama, and what a happy and friendly country it is, and I stand by it. But, as with everywhere else, there are some less sparkling facets to this Central American jewel. In 2014, Simon and I were in Boquete […]

Accommodation / Hints for Happier Travels

Looking for a Change from Traditional Hotels?

Front of apartment

Consider AirBnB for Your Next Vacation. When you’re traveling on business, or in need of a place to rest your head for the night during a long road trip, a clean hotel room with a comfy bed, good shower and reliable wifi is true perfection. But when you’re traveling for pleasure, there is an alternative […]

Hints for Happier Travels / North America

Just Won a Free Trip to a Dream location?

An Impromptu Band at Jackson Square, New Orleans

Here’s How to Avoid Letting Additional Expenses Turn Your Vacation Into a Nightmare. Congratulations! Your ticket was drawn, and you’re the lucky winner of a  free vacation. Now what? One of the first things you’ll need to consider is whether or not you  can afford to go. You can have the time of your life, […]

Food & Beverage / Hints for Happier Travels

7 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Hungry Travelers:

Feed Your Face Without Emptying Your Wallet. Do you love to travel, but the cost of feeding yourself and/or the family while on vacation makes you lose your appetite? Here are some tips to help keep you and your bank account full. 1. A taste of home: It may sound obvious, but bring as much […]

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Pack Like a Pro and Lighten Your Travel Load:

How to Go from Checked Baggage to Carry-On Without Sacrificing a Thing. Of all the necessary components that go into getting ready for a trip, packing is my least favorite, most frustrating, and the chore that always ends up as a last-minute dash. The results? Unpacking everything and repacking in a larger suitcase, when sitting […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #048] Airportrs.com:

Don’t Leave the Runway Without It. Have you ever landed in a unfamiliar city without a friend or relative to turn to and wondered how the heck you were going to get to the city center? We have, and it can be a real pain, unless our hotel happens to have a shuttle. But today, […]

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Great Take-Along Find

Drink Up! You Won’t Spill a Thing Whether it’s coffee, ice tea or water, it doesn’t matter. There’s a better than average chance I’ll find a way to slop it, drip it or knock it over entirely. This is especially true when I travel. But about a year ago, Contigo Autoseal mugs came to my […]

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Affordable Peace of Mind: No Traveler Should Be Without It

There’s no place like home, especially when you are hit with an unexpected injury or illness. So what’s a traveler to do when the unthinkable occurs away from home? For Simon and me, the answer was AirMed, and it came through the experience of our friends, David and Caroline. We were looking forward to our […]