Pimsleur Is The Best Way To Quickly Learn A Language Before Your Next Trip

The answer I can give without hesitation to the question, “what’s the best way to learn a new language before a trip,” is use Pimsleur. People ask me a lot about language learning, with two important caveats. The first being they’re traveling soon (short time to learn) and they need to be able to communicate with people (not necessarily translate names of random objects). After booking flights…

2 Places to Visit in Slovakia (It surprizes and amazes)

We live in a beach town in Spain and so when steamy August rolls around we are ready for cooler climes. My husband suggested we visit Slovakia last year and, as work was crazy for me, I just said, “yes sure, book it in!” and left him to arrange it all. Image credit: DepositPhotos.com I didn’t know anything about Slovakia and had limited expectations. Well, what a pleasant surprise awaited. Where is Slovakia? Slovakia is in Eastern Europe, a landlocked European Union …

The Magical Kawachi Fuji Gardens Wisteria Tunnel, In Kitakyushu Japan

Kitakyushu is the northernmost city on Kyushu Island in Japan. In addition to Kokura Castle and the surrounding Katsuyama Park, known for its spring cherry blossoms, the area is famous for the wisteria tunnel located in Kawachi Fuji Gardens. Each spring, countless visitors flock to see this magical site. It is the 5th stop in the …

Inside the Opulent City Palace in Udaipur, India

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Train Review: Dhaka to Chittagong

Dhaka and Chittagong are the two biggest cities in Bangladesh, and there are several trains a day connecting the cities. It’s a far better option than the bus, so plan ahead if you are travelling between the two. I was originally looking for an agent to buy a ticket for me but my hotel was of little assistance, and I didn’t see…

Preparing a Boat for a Catastrophic Hurricane – Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys (And Happy end of Hurricane Season!)

First of all… a big ole WAHOOOOO for it being December 1st!  The 2017 Hurricane season is officially over. And while the season is over, many are still dealing with the fallout of the major storms that made landfall. Power is still not returned to the majority of the islands impacted, people are still homeless and cleaning up in Florida, Texas and the coasts. And we of course, even though we were incredibly lucky with our outcome, are still dealing with things aboard Y…

How to Pursue Successful & Sustainable Nomadic Careers

Yes!  Living a digital nomad lifestyle can be financially rewarding! Sustaining the lifestyle of a digital nomad is challenging.  Whereas emotional hurdles such as loneliness, societal pressure, and pushing out of our comfort zone can be difficult, the critical hurdle we consistently return to is financial.  How do we sustain ourselves while pursuing a long-term journey as a digital nomad? This article will provide an overview of the…

The Cocoon Grid-It Is Cable Management For Your Backpack

? Traveling with a lot of electronics means traveling with a lot of cables. Charging cords are especially difficult to manage inside a backpack and the Cocoon Grid-It is one of the few organizers that’s portable enough to be useful for travelers. The Grid-It isn’t for every backpack …

Don’t miss the natural beauty of Hong Kong (it’s not all skyscrapers & dim sum)

If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong, you’re probably thinking of dim sum, skyscrapers and stunning Victoria Peak views. These are all fun and worthy things to explore on your Hong King vacation. However, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are beautiful beaches, marshes, wetlands teeming with life, and plenty of outdoor adventures. Did you know that three-quarters of Hong Kong’s 1,108 square kilometers of land is rural and nearly pristine? I didn’t know it either until Craig and I last visited Hong Kong. We did the normal touristy things: ride up…

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival In Washington State

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest. It is held during the entire month of April, on an annual basis. During this time, millions of tulips will flower, in a parade of endless color in Mount Vernon, Washington. The Skagit Valley has now officially welcomed visitors from around the world for 34 years, to partake …

Travel News: March 29, 2018

TWA Hotel soars toward spring 2019 opening Curbed NY Eero Saarinen’s midcentury TWA Terminal is approaching its next destination as the TWA Hotel. The second of the hotel’s two wings has topped out and installation is underway on the seven-panel soundproof exterior glass cladding, putting the hotel’s ambitious spring 2019 opening in sight. The hotel’s north wing topped out three months ago, exactly one year after developer MCR along with former TWA employees, elected officials, and Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the 505-key hotel’s groundbreaking. Saarinen’s 200,000-square-foot headhouse will serve as the hotel’s…

A Perfect, Affordable Beach Destination – Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

I’m sorry, Sri Lanka. For many years, I chose to ignore you, to shun you, to shrug my shoulders and say “Eh” whenever you were mentioned. After a quick 3-day visit to Colombo back in 2002, I never thought about paying a visit to your shores again. This was despite 30 trips to India, your neighbor to the north…

Saying Good-Bye to Marathon – In Search of a Protected Anchorage

We’re almost caught up! This post takes us back to Marathon post-Irma, leaving our new community and continuing the journey.  Just one more episode (I think) and the travelogue will be almost real time again. Whew!  Thanks for your patience with the constant shift in time line. When we last left our Great Loop travel journal entry, we had just returned to Y-Not to find her relatively unscathed from Hurricane Irma. We started clean-ups and figuring out just what was next for us. Saying Good-Bye to Marathon And Continuing the Adventure …

Why Travel To Paraguay?

Prior to visiting, Paraguay was a grey area in my mind. Landlocked and the third-least visited country in South America, I probably wouldn’t have visited if it weren’t part of my goal to visit every country. Paraguay is a country that doesn’t have a big tourist draw like the Taj Mahal, one reason enough for travelers to visit an entire nation. Paraguay isn’t the most connected country, flights…