Monday, April 16, 2018

15 Fun Things to Do in Washington, DC This Spring and Summer

The cherry blossoms in Washington, DC hit peak bloom last week. The explosion of pink and white flowers signals that warmer weather is here to stay in the nation’s capital. It also means a ton of fun outdoor events are coming to rock your spring and summer. Whether you are a festival fanatic, concert addict, or sports enthusiast, Washington, DC has something to delight you. Here is a list of the most fun things to do in Washington, DC this spring and summer.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easy Ways to Save Big Money on Travel

I follow many amazing travel bloggers. Some of them travel for most of the year. They work on the road or have saved enough cash to fund endless explorations. Sounds amazing, right?

The reality for me (and probably you) is that full-time travel is not in the cards right now. I have bills and financial obligations to my family. Nevertheless, I will not put my travel goals on hold by vowing to travel someday. I am old enough to know that someday does not always come. Last year, I decided to make travel a priority and committed to travel as often as possible.

So what’s a woman with a basket full of travel dreams and a lean budget to do? In this post, I share tips on how to make travel affordable. I use these strategies to travel more often and visit destinations that I thought were out of reach financially.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

How to Avoid Eating Alone While Traveling Solo

Recently, I wrote a post about how to enjoy eating out alone. The goal of the post was to share tips and advice, drawn from years of good and bad experiences, on how to make solo dining enjoyable and easier. I like eating alone, but I know there are some people who will never learn to enjoy it. Eating alone in public is an onerous by-product of traveling solo for them. I wrote this post with those folks in mind. Here are three tips to avoid eating alone while traveling solo.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

12 Must-have Free Travel Apps for Your Next Trip

Good travel apps can save busy travelers time and worry. Good and FREE travel apps can save travelers time, worry, and money. Who doesn’t like saving money?

Here are 10 free travel apps that I personally use when traveling, plus two more that I recently downloaded to my phone to use on my next trip.

Quick notes: I have an iPhone. I suspect these apps have an Android equivalent but don’t be mad at me if they do not. Additionally, all of the apps I use are free, but there may be a fee to upgrade to a pro version with more perks.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

How To Enjoy Eating Out Alone - Advice from a Solo Dining Veteran

There are many challenges to overcome when you travel solo. One that is usually near the top of the list is eating out alone. The fear of sitting companionless in a busy restaurant is enough to drive the most confident person to the carry-out line.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Perfect Solo Itinerary for 24 Hours in Las Vegas

I found myself with a few days off from work and cash to spend. Where to go for a quick, fun vacation? Las Vegas, baby! One problem, though. No one else was available to travel with me on this last minute trip.

I traveled solo for years but admit to being a bit intimidated at the thought of visiting "Sin City" by myself. My impressions of typical Las Vegas visitors are couples on a romantic getaway, large groups of guys and gals descending on the city for pre-wedding debauchery, and silver-haired seniors ambling from casino to casino. None of these profiles screamed awesome vacation for a solo female traveler. However, I like a challenge and was determined to get out of town.

Monday, January 15, 2018

11 Reasons to Travel Solo in 2018

Why travel alone? The answers can be different for each traveler. I've booked solo trips to shake off work stress, take advantage of last minute vacation deals, and clear my mind after a rough patch in my personal life. On top of those reasons, sometimes I just like the challenge and freedom of venturing out into the world and using my own wits to survive. If you are hesitant to travel alone, let me encourage you. I have returned from solo trips well-rested, happy, and with a renewed sense of purpose. Need more incentives? Here are 11 reasons to travel solo this year.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

My 2018 Travel Goals

It is the end of the year which means I am writing my personal and professional goals for the next 12 months. Today I thought, why not write a post about my 2018 travel goals? Traveling more was a priority for me in 2017. After a few years of personal setbacks and health issues, I felt like it was time to focus on the things I love to do, and there are not many things that I love more than travel. I took two trips in 2017, a very brief visit to Chicago and an extravagant (at least by my budget travel standards) 40th birthday trip to Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 2018, I plan to at least double, if not triple, that number.

Linda in Montego Bay
Linda in Montego Bay

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Best Places to Grab a Hot Chocolate in Washington D.C.

I don't think there is a bad time to visit Washington D.C. but the holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. From Christmas tree lightings to holiday markets, there is plenty to see and do that will put you in a joyous holiday spirit. Unfortunately, many of these events take place outdoors and D.C. is cold in December, especially at night. What can you do when you need to warm up fast?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Perfect Itinerary for 24 Hours in Chicago

Chicago has been on my bucket list for 16 years. A few times I started to plan a trip but it never panned out. So I was super excited when I found out that my family reunion was going to take place near the Windy City. Finally, I was going to see the amazing architecture, visit the exceptional museums, and eat my way from one side of the city to the other. The original plan was for Mom and me to fly to Chicago a few days early, but some last minute schedule changes meant that we could only arrive one day before the reunion. Disappointed but determined to make the best of it, I planned an itinerary to maximize our brief visit. Keep reading to find out how we accomplished our perfect itinerary for 24 hours in Chicago.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

3 Travel Shows on Netflix That Will Inspire Your Next Trip

Traveling is great, but sometimes I crave a weekend at home in my jammies, spending quality time with my sofa and the TV remote. A quiet weekend at home is good for the soul, and thanks to Netflix, I can use the time to spark ideas for upcoming travels.

Netflix has a list of binge-worthy travel shows. For the cost of a Netflix subscription, you can tour unique hotel properties across the world, tag along with a father-son duo exploring southeast Asia, and watch the epicurean travels of a semi-famous sitcom writer. You can experience all of this without ever leaving the comfort of your living room.

Here are three travel shows on Netflix that I enjoyed on a recent low key weekend. Check them out the next time you are grabbing some "me time" or stuck in the house due to nasty weather.