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MSP Airport Tips and Secrets for those passing through for TBEX

I am happy to welcome those of you coming to MSP for TBEX to my home turf!  MSP is my home airport, and I am happy to share some tips for you for the time that you spend here in passing through (these tips are for those flying into Terminal 1…if you are flying on […]

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Budget Travel Tips: Why you HAVE to rent an apartment or house for your next escape!

I am going to share with you one of our favorite budget travel tips that will change the way that you travel. I have always thought about renting an apartment during our travels, but we have generally ended up staying in hotels because of cost and convenience. This time was different.  Because of the baby, […]

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Carcassonne Castle at night from the main gate

Five Travel Destinations that I Would Love to Return To!

These five travel destinations hold a special place in my heart!  What are your favorite places to travel? Carcasonne, France:  This medieval, Carcasonne’s impressive 3 kilometers of defensive walls and its castle have stood solidly protecting the medieval city since the 3rd century.  A visit to this fairy tale kingdom will make you feel like […]

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5 Packing Tips for Choosing a Backpack for Travel + A GIVEAWAY!

I am a big proponent of traveling with only a carry on bag whenever possible (I am actually quite proud of the fact that I can travel for 2 plus weeks in a carry on sized backpack!) Choosing a good backpack is the best packing tips that I can give a light weight, mobile traveler […]

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Changes: 5 Lessone Learned from Traveling with Baby

Babies change everything.  Especially travel. I had never put so much though into the process of going through the security line at the airport.  I planned out every move, every necessary action in the security dance, aware that every forgotten detail would become infinitely more difficult with a potentially fussy baby in arms and other […]

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A Cheese shop in the market in Nice France

6 Reasons to Get “Off the Beaten Path” and Out of the Big City on Your Next Trip!

Please don’t misunderstand me.  I love Paris almost like a member of my family, salivate over the thought of fish and chips at the pub in London and think that the chaos and history of Rome are an experience that every traveler should have. Despite my fondness for the world’s biggest cities and tourist hot spots, […]

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Travel Off the Beaten Path: 6 Tips for Finding Authentic, Local Food

The holy grail of travel off the beaten path (for me, anyways):  finding that local restaurant where they are serving great, cheap local cuisine with no tourists to be found.  I am talking about the type of restaurant that is one big adventure, because no one speaks English, and there might not be a menu […]

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Business Class vs First Class: A First Class Experience

Before getting the chance to fly in Business Class on a trans oceanic flight, I used to think, “First class…no big deal.  Just a bunch of stuck up rich people paying a heap more money just so they just get free drinks and a nicer food.” Now that I have seen the difference between business […]

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Planning for a Trip: Make Your “Hit the Ground Running” Plan for a Smooth Arrival

I know some of you out there shun all aspects of planning for a trip .  Come on, admit it.  You know who you are. You love spontaneity and surprises.  Unexpected twists and turns that lead you in unknown directions are the icing on your travel cake. While I am not opposed to the occasional unexpected twist or […]

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Local liqueurs (which we ended up buying some of) in the quaint little street market next to Sacre Couer Basilica in Paris.

International Travel Tips: 13 Things to do on Your First Day in a City

1) Take a break immediately upon arrival.  This piece of advice from the Wandering Earl Blog is brilliant.  Sit.  Chill.  Have some coffee at a cafe in the airport.  Instead of running, exhausted and flustered, for the first train you see, sit down, relax and make a plan. 2) Ask your taxi driver where to eat.  […]

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