kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath

Those who know me well know that I’m not exactly what you would call “sporty” or coordinated. But this did not stop me from signing up for a surfing lesson with Hawaiian Surfing Adventures. It seemed like a must-do—when in Hawaii, attempt to ride those legendary waves. We were in a small group, just usContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific

Late in 2016, I got it into my head that I wanted to go to Hawaii. How did this come about, you ask? It was the season six premiere of Mad Men, in which Don and Megan Draper live it up in Hawaii, that got me fixated on it. (Don’t ask. But once I set myContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific”

portugal travel guide: do a belem dinner and tour with we hate tourism tours

It was the company’s name that caught my attention immediately—We Hate Tourism Tours. Oh, the irony, I thought to myself, then I noticed that they had over 1,000 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and that was it for me; I decided this was exactly the kind of excursion I wanted to do while in Lisbon. IContinue reading “portugal travel guide: do a belem dinner and tour with we hate tourism tours”

portugal travel guide: first-timers’ guide to lisbon

Last summer, when I came across the deal on Travelzoo for a trip to the Canary Islands and Lisbon, the idea grabbed me right away, but my dubious husband required a bit of convincing that this was a trip worthy of our limited vacation time. (If you know me at all, though, you know thatContinue reading “portugal travel guide: first-timers’ guide to lisbon”

canary islands travel tip: prepare for maspalomas

One of the best things about Gran Canaria is how varied the landscape is: You’ve got beaches, you’ve got mountains, and you’ve got insane dunes that make you feel like you’re in the Sahara, except you can see the water in the far distance, and it’s not a mirage. Maspalomas was listed in our looseContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: prepare for maspalomas”

canary islands travel tip: skip las palmas

So apparently Las Palmas is one of the most popular places in Gran Canaria. Blog posts told me so, Lonely Planet told me so, and so I assumed it must be true! They all made it seem like Las Palmas was kind of a big deal. I gotta be honest, though—I don’t really get theContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: skip las palmas”

canary islands travel tip: explore the pastel-colored town of aguimes

I approached our trip to the Canary Islands a little differently than I have our other trips: I didn’t do much planning at all. I researched, of course, the best places to go and eat, but we had no specific itinerary: just a list of possible things to do. We looked at the list eachContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: explore the pastel-colored town of aguimes”

my international travel checklist

Preparing for an international trip can be overwhelming. You don’t want to leave anything pertinent behind—you’ll be in a foreign country, you likely won’t speak more than the niceties in the native language, and you’ll be far from the conveniences of home. As the hubs and I pack for our upcoming trip to the CanaryContinue reading “my international travel checklist”

3 sites for finding the best possible price on airfare (& how to use them)

Let’s be real here; airfare is often one of the most expensive aspects of travel. In my experience, it accounts for about one-third of our total spend on any given international trip. Here are the three sites that I use to find the best possible deals on airfare. Kayak and Google Flights Kayak is theContinue reading “3 sites for finding the best possible price on airfare (& how to use them)”

6 tips for making travel more affordable

I won’t bullshit you: Traveling is not cheap. This isn’t news to you. When I talk to folks about travel, that’s usually what they say: “Oh, we don’t have the money for that,” or “I don’t know how you guys afford it.” And I’ll be honest, my husband and I are extremely fortunate that we haveContinue reading “6 tips for making travel more affordable”