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Hints for Happier Travels / Miscellaneous

Don’t Let Coronavirus Curb Your Wanderlust: 

The Unique Staircase at Livraria Lello, in Porto, Portugal and Believed to be the Inspiration for the Hogwarts Staircase in the Harry Potter Series (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

How to Shelter in Place and Still See the World. To say these are strange times is an understatement. The government tells us that because of coronavirus we can’t leave our homes, visit family and friends, gather for religious and social activities, or travel. Our so-called leaders demand we shelter in place except to obtain […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel Tips

A Review of My UK SIM Card:

Nick Brennan, CEO of My UK SIM Card visiting Ghent in Belgium (photo provided by Nick Brennan)

Staying Calm, Cool, and Connected. We often take for granted the degree to which we are dependent on our cell phones. This hit home in September 2019 when Simon and I arrived at London Gatwick late at night and couldn’t activate our European SIM cards properly. We had purchased them before leaving the U.S. and […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel Tips

When Travel Hands You a Lemon, Juice It:

Putting Preparedness, Resiliency and Flexibility to the Test. They say shit happens, and it just did. Instead of reading about our fabulous experience at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, you are about to read about one of our few travel lemons, and how we plan to handle it. Introducing Our Lemon Yesterday was a beautiful […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel

Confessions of an Unrepentant Diverbo Addict:

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?

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 […]

Hints for Happier Travels

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 […]