Category: Travel & Adventure

How I’m Saving Money With Airbnb

    Have you ever thought of renting a castle, a houseboat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, or a cute, inexpensive apartment in your favorite city? If so, airbnb might be the community you're looking for. What is...

Our Final Gutsy Move

"Our Gutsy Final Move" “My Gutsy Story®” Barbara Hammond Moving is daunting under any circumstances. I grew up moving, like gypsies, attending fourteen schools in twelve years, four of them in sixth grade. When I married, my husband’s...

I Discovered a Way to Pay Less On Airfares

  I love to plan flights, especially when I can outsmart the high costs, and often inconvenient times, offered on sites like Travelocity and Orbitz.  I treat the process like a giant puzzle, taking each piece, one step at...

I Did Something I Told My Kids Not to Do

    All my life I've brainwashed my sons to never buy, ride, or be a passenger on a motorcycle. "Do not get on a motorcycle. It's too dangerous," I would tell them whenever they mentioned the "m" word. I've...

My Way To Handle REJECTION

Saturday afternoon, after a pleasant lunch with a friend, I checked my phone and found an e-mail from the Peace Corps, with the subject line: "Peace Corps Application Decision." My fingers trembled as I tapped the screen...

“My New Life” Chapter One

I am turning a new chapter in my life prompted by my divorce after a 28-year marriage. Instead of feeling "sorry" for myself, I've opted to view this as an opportunity to explore new avenues and adventures....

Staying in the “Red Light” District of Amsterdam

  The youth hostel I booked for my 20-year-old son, Jordan, and myself, is located in the heart of the red light district of Amsterdam. What an experience walking through the streets at midnight, and seeing beautiful...

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“Joyeaux Noel” from France and “God Jul” from Copenhagen

"Joyeaux Noel," or Merry Christmas to all my friends from Paris. We arrived in Paris yesterday from Copenhagen. My son, Jordan, was surprised that he didn't need to show his passport or stop for customs in...

Christmas Time in London, Suffolk and Copenhagen

After a couple of nights in our first youth hostel, close to Paddington Station in London, Jordan and I took the train from Liverpool Street station to Stowmarket in Suffolk. The train was full of commuters heading...

Christmas Holiday Season is Magical in London

I am spending the Christmas holidays in Europe with my 20-year-old son, Jordan. In order to make this trip more youth friendly for Jordan, I decided to book youth hostels for our stay. This was my...

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