Travel Tip Thursday – How to travel Europe on a budget

Whether you’re planning to take a gap year after studying and have very little to spend, or you’d just like to take a break without breaking the bank, travelling around Europe is a fantastic experience that can most definitely be done within every price range. Europe is a hugely expansive continent, so you have many options to choose from, be it history and culture, beautiful landscapes or lazy … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Tuesday – What’s the Best Way to Get to Bristol Airport?

If you're flying from Bristol Airport, you'll find a number of convenient and cost-effective ways to get in and out of the airport. There's an Airport Flyer Express Link which is a handy bus service linking the airport with Bristol Temple Meads railway station, Bristol bus station and Clifton. From the airport, it takes around half an hour to reach the city center using the Flyer Express Link, … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Tuesday – AFAR Wanderlists

In recent posts I have shared some of the tools I use to organize, plan or fantasize about planned or future travel. These have included Clipix, which helps me organize articles and posts that I find online and Gogobot which helps me crowd-source ideas for upcoming trips, plus I get to make really cute postcards which I am having a ton of fun playing with! Another tool I am using quite a bit … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Thursday – Airplane Health Tips

I have been on a lot of airplanes recently. A lot. So I thought I would share a few tips for trying to stay healthy while being trapped in one of these germs tubes. That way you may actually enjoy your destination when you get there! Bring sanitizing wipes and use them. I always have a pack of these in whatever bag I am carrying around.  Most of the time it is to clean myself off after enjoying … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Thursday – Checking out your room amenities before you need them

You know most of these tips I provide are because of little misadventures that I myself have done!  I can tell you from first hand experience (last Friday morning in fact) that 6:00 a.m. after a restless night sleep when you have a flight to catch is not the moment to be frantically searching for the hair dryer. If there are amenities that you are going to need first thing in the morning (like an … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Thursday – Traveling With a Pet: What You Need to Know

Everyone deserves to hop on a plane and go exploring. But if you’re a pet owner who is itching to travel, it can be difficult—not to mention a big hassle—to secure space for your dog at a local kennel or enlist your neighbors to take care of your cat while you are away. That is why a lot of us just bring our pets on the plane. While flying with your pet may sound difficult if you never tried … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Thursday – Pointers on Using Starwood Hotel Points

Wherever I travel in the world my preferred choice for hotels is Starwood hotels within the Starwood Group.  (Next comes Relais Chateau. They happily co-exists as most of the time the locations for a Relais Chateau property are unique and there is no Starwood options).  I have been a loyal member of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Program for a very long time. In as such I have had lots of … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Thursday: Hanging Wet Clothes

Whenever I travel and plan on going into the water, whether that be pool, lake or the sea, there is one items that I always throw into my suitcase.  My Flexoline which I used to hang and dry bathing suits and wet clothes. I have used this in hotel rooms, on cruise ships, rented houses and even a car.  It is perfect for stretching a clothesline between to fixed posts and takes up absolutely no … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Thursday: Traveling with Contact Lenses

An important tenet in my life is efficiency and convenience.  I don't like to shop so I do huge shopping trips when forced to or I shop online.  I maximize my efforts in whatever I do. This is even more important when I travel. When I travel, everything is optimized, multi-use, and tried-and-true tested.  I want to concentrate on immersing myself in the place I am visiting and not worrying … [Read more...]

Travel Tip Tuesday – Learn a few words

This may sound obvious but before taking off to a country where you don't speak the language, try to learn a few of the essential words. For food, it is fairly easy.  Just pick up the book called Point It (see J'adore #2). But for some other essentials you may need to do some research, ask friends who have traveled to the same location, or ask your social community (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) For … [Read more...]