How to score a free hotel from an airline (or at least a free tour)

Whenever I am looking to book a ticket, one of the first websites I go to is Skyscanner. Often, this means that I will end up booking my ticket through a third party website. Which means I will sometimes have a long layover somewhere to help curb the costs. (I don’t know why this curbs costs, but whatever) On our recent trip to Brussels, we had a 13-hour layover in Istanbul going there and a 23-hour layover coming back. That’s a looooooong time to be sitting in an airport when you don’t have lounge access. So once the ticket was…

Don’t be like me: Travel mistakes and how to avoid them.

I’ve traveled a lot in these last few years. And while most of you may think I’m somewhat of an expert, it’s only because I’ve made a few mistakes a long the way. Okay…I’ve made a lot and each of them has helped me learn how to be a more effective traveler. Especially when traveling with kids, you sometimes can’t afford to make such grave mistakes while traveling with your young ones. Here are some mistakes that I’ve made in the past and hopefully you will heed these cautionary tales to help make your travel experience more enjoyable and cost-effective….

3 Ways to Feel at Home While on Vacation

Sponsored Post Since moving abroad, summer vacation is often spent in the States. While some leave the U.S. to travel the world during the break, the boy and I return home to visit family and friends. In past summers, we have spend out time traveling to California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia. During that time, we found ways to feel like we weren’t spending all of our time in hotels and eating crappy food, but rather we were living our home life in another part of the country. The following are three ways we have found it easy to feel…

We’ve been in Addis for 2 weeks now…

The boy and I have been in Addis Ababa for a little over 2 weeks and here are some of the reflections I’ve gathered so far: 1. I absolutely LOVE my place of work. (The jury is still on out on my actual position, as the chiren aren’t here yet. And I haven’t yet assessed the level of crazy with the coworkers either) But the passion admin has and the action they take to ensure we are well taken care of, are taking care of ourselves, and are working collaboratively with one another for the good of these kids is…

2016

It’s now 2017 and let’s be honest – 2016 was ass. I honestly spent most of it in a state of depression. It started off with me in Thailand, decompressing from the move and the challenges we were having with his school to him transferring to another school and ended with me ultimately questioning this decision to move to Japan every single day. The reality of possibly making a mistake in moving to Japan, not handling the stress of my job and living in Japan well. Balancing being strong and defending Chris against his schools. It was exhausting and all…

Last-minute holiday guide for the traveler in your life.

I’m a procrastinator. In all aspects of my life, which is why this post is coming late AF. You all know this about me. Love me anyway. Just 2 more days until Christmas and if you’re like me, you’re still trying to figure out what to get the traveler in your life. The person who has a shirt that reads “I have more passport stamps than you“. The person who is forever gallivanting across the globe with the Instagram page that makes you want to #bookdatish. We all have that person in our lives. Maybe you are that person. So it’s…

Our week in Italy and how we did it for under $2000!

As you know, I’m constantly trying to save money when I travel. From flight glitches to Groupon, I’m always in search of a way to make my money stretch. I’m constantly telling people that traveling with kids is not expensive and doesn’t have to be limited to the continental United States when you’re on a budget. That’s why I HAVE to share how we went on a family vacation to Rome and Milan for $1950.69. You heard me. Less than $2000 for two people. Flights, food, EVERYTHING! Here’s how I did it: Transportation One day I was minding my own business and I get…