Travel How-Tos

Tips for traveling solo, independently, and frugal. These are ideas and lessons that I have acquired through experience.

Introduction to My Upcoming Book: Dream.Plan.Travel.

My new book, Dream.Plan.Travel. will be published in the Summer 2019. I am posting the Introduction here so you can get an idea of what the book is about and why I decided to write it. The table of contents is included at the end of the post.  Dream. Plan. Travel  is a book about …

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Turning Drudgery into an Adventure

19 March 2019—Somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean I am in the middle of my 50-hour journey from Gili Air, Indonesia to Quito Ecuador. Today, got to thinking about how challenging I had feared this marathon voyage might be when I booked it. Once reservations were made, I became worried. I wondered if I was biting …

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5 More Food Strategies for Affordable European Travel

This is Part Two of a two-part post on the subject of Frugal Food Strategies. You can read the first part here.   Introduction During 2017–18, I spent thirteen months in Europe, including the UK, the Netherlands, and Denmark. “Isn’t that part of Europe expensive?” you ask? It doesn’t have to be. During that 13 months, the …

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5 Food Strategies for Affordable European Travel

This is Part One of a two-part post on the subject of Frugal Food Strategies.  During 2017–18, I spent thirteen months in Europe, including the UK, the Netherlands, and Denmark. “Isn’t that part of Europe expensive?” you ask? It doesn’t have to be. During that 13 months, the average cost of the food I prepared …

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Shopping…Cooking…Eating: My First Pittu

 Turning my favorite pastimes into thematic travel possibilities provides a way to engage with the culture and meet people. Learn more in my Ultimate Guide to Thematic Travel. Introducing Raj I was not in Sri Lanka 48 hours when I met Raj. I tentatively entered his café, Hikkaduwa Temptations, and asked to see a menu. …

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Dealing with Airport Taxi Paparazzi and Strategies for Market Shopping

I arrived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan yesterday morning. I hate overnight flights! I can no longer sleep on an airplane, no matter how much I pretend. This one was no different, except that it did not help that “dinner” was served at 2:00 am with all the accompanying chatter and lights. I should not complain, cheap …

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Celebracion de 60 Compleanos en el arriba de Pachamama

(Or How I Spent My 60thBirthday) For the weekend of my 60th birthday (March 22), I decided to take a little tourist jaunt to the island of Amantani. This is how I spent the second day there—my birthday! We woke in the morning to a breakfast of fried bread. It tastes just like Navajo fry …

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Islas! Islas!*

* Islands! Islands!   For the weekend of my 60th birthday (March 22), I decided to take a little tourist jaunt to the island of Amantani via boat. You can purchase a tour  from one of many agencies in Puno, but Juan, my host at Posada Santa Barbara, told me that if I go to …

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