Author Archives: Amy Grude

Zurich River and Buildings
Planning, Posted by Amy, Travel Activities
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How to See a City in 3 Hours

When you’re traveling it can feel overwhelming to see and do everything there is, especially if you don’t have a lot of time. Fortunately, there are two great ways to see a city quickly: walking tours and Segway tours.

I first discovered walking tours when I was in Sofia, Bulgaria for work and had only one morning I could slip away to sightsee. The Free Sofia Walking Tour was the #1 rated thing to do on TripAdvisor, it was only a few hours long, and it was FREE! I had to check this out.

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Planning, Posted by Amy
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5 Helpful Things to Know Before You Travel

Even though you only really need 3 things to travel (a passport, a flight, and a place to stay) there is some additional information you will need once you arrive and it’s helpful to have done the research ahead of time.

It can be very stressful if you are at a restaurant or in a taxi and realize you have no idea if you are supposed to tip your server or driver. I have been in this situation and wound up frantically searching for tipping etiquette online before my taxi reached our destination. Thankfully I was able to access the internet from my phone, despite being in a foreign country!

Here are 5 things to know before you travel. All of them can easily be found online using a search engine.

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Miles and Points, Posted by Amy
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How to Take Free Trips Using Miles and Points

view of the beach from St Regis room porch
At the St. Regis Mauritius, the rooms open right up to the beach on the Indian Ocean
Miles and points are a big business these days, and if you use them correctly, you can take trips that would be otherwise completely out of reach for the average person.

These types of trips include international Business Class flights in lie-flat seats, luxury resorts, and high-end hotels in big cities.

These flights can easyly run $10,000, but with miles, you can get them for almost nothing. The best hotels can be $500 to $1,500 a night, but free to people who know how to maximize their points.

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Planning, Posted by Amy, Travel Activities
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The Best Travel Planning Websites

So you’ve decided to take a trip. Awesome! The best way to make sure your trip is successful is to hunker down and do some research. Luckily, the internet has a treasure trove of information on the entire planet.

Here are the sites I use for every single trip I plan, as well as some I stay away from.

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Palm Trees and houses on a beach
Planning, Posted by Amy, Traveling Alone, Types of Travel
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The Different Types of Travel

If wanderlust is getting the best of you, and you’ve been daydreaming about getting out of a town for a while, it’s time to start thinking practically about planning a trip and the different types of travel you can choose from.

There are so many different ways you can travel, and each of those ways is going to affect almost every aspect of the trip. If you’re traveling with young chidren or your 60-year-old parents, bar hopping is probabbly not in your future. (Unless you have really adventurous parents, in which case, first beer is on dad!)

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Planning, Posted by Amy
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5 Practical Ways to Travel More Often

One of the biggest barriers to travel can be finding the time. There are a lot of considerations: work, school, kids, pets, housework, and social responsibilities can leave you feeling drained as it is. How can you possibly quit all of these things for a week and leave the country?

If something is important to you, you’ll make the time for it, and that includes travel. Going somewhere new and different can be inspiring and life changing, and is definitely worth a little bit of effort.

There are a number of ways to find the time to fit travel into your life. I travel quite a bit and frequently get questions like “How do you do this?” and “How can I do this?”

Here are all the tricks I use to travel more often.

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