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October 14, 2019

I've mentioned Loco2.com in this blog before. I find it simply the easiest way to purchase train tickets in the U.K. and Europe. It's intuitive, all in English, and costs no more than if you were to book the tickets at a train station or on another online platform. Plu...

June 21, 2019


Image "my rental car" by David Lee King is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Recently, I discovered Autoslash.com and put it to the test. I was impressed! We not only found a rental that was cheaper than what I had found on my other favorite sites, but it also undercut t...

June 21, 2019

My husband and I spent two months housesitting in London this winter, which was a delight--and a great way to explore on a budget. As I mentioned earlier however, traveling with a CPAP machine can be a challenge, since many airlines count a CPAP machine as a carry-on....

January 30, 2019

No matter how much research you do, there's nothing like experience to illuminate the truth. When I was writing the book, I had it on good authority that airlines would not count a CPAP machine as one of your allowed carry-ons. But recently I began using a CPAP machine...

December 9, 2018

Are you old enough to remember when people dressed up to ride on a plane? Or when your frequent flier miles actually entitled you to be treated with some respect?  Of course, there are still some airlines who do seem to value their customers, but I'm disturbed by a rec...

November 14, 2018

I've mentioned Matt Kepnes of the Nomadic Matt travel blog before, but his newsletter for this month had me thinking. Matt pointed out that we can keep the sense of adventure in our lives by traveling close by as well as internationally. That's good advice. How many of...

October 2, 2018

What's your guess for the filthiest place in an airport? If you guessed the restrooms, you're wrong! According to a study in Finland, cold and flu viruses were found in several spots in airport terminals, but security trays were the surfaces with the most contamination...

August 31, 2018

Prices are on the rise for almost everything these days, but finding travel or travel medical insurance (health coverage only) for seniors can almost break the bank! Some Medicare plans will reimburse you for emergency medical costs overseas for the first 60 days out o...

July 25, 2018

In my book, I discuss how the "Schengen shuffle" will allow Americans and others who qualify for a standard tourist visa to stay in Europe for a year or more, by leaving the Schengen area at the appropriate time and taking advantage of countries that allow a longer sta...

July 2, 2018

If you've read my book, you know that I'm a big admirer of Rick Steves. In fact, Kevin and I bought our first Eurail passes from Rick Steves years ago, when he was a piano teacher with a backpack just starting to teach classes on how to travel around Europe cheaply. Th...

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