Must-Buy Items To Bring Home From Certain Cities

When visiting a certain city, what’s the item you need to bring home? You know, that thing that’s only available there. You might even get excited about going somewhere because you know you’re going to be able to buy this specific item.

Over the years, we’ve developed a list of things we need to bring home if we’re going to be somewhere. Granted, I know that nowadays you can pretty much order anything from anywhere. Frankly, I don’t need these items that much to pay the shipping and handling costs; I can go without them. But if I’m visiting a place where I can just buy it, why should I pass up that chance?

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Should You Correct Others When They’re Giving Incorrect Travel Information?

I’ve always had the inspiration to jump in when I hear someone giving wrong information. Doing that when you’re younger  tends to get you tagged as a “Know-It-All” or a “Smartypants,” so you eventually learn when it’s appropriate to jump in with corrections and when it’s not. You know, sorta like how it’s not wise to correct your boss when in a meeting with the regional directors.


I’m going to share more than I probably should but here goes. My first memory of feeling bad when jumping in to correct someone was with my dad. We were at Disney World and he was telling some other guests something that was SO WRONG! I mean it was killing me inside. Did I mention I must have been like twelve years old at the time (but I read the Birnbaum Guide to Disney World cover to cover every year when it came out so I knew what I was talking about)? So I just jumped in and corrected him. I was embarrassed and so was he. My need to be correct didn’t help anyone, except maybe the other guests who now had correct information. But who were we to them but just a family on the bus offering travel tips to strangers.

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These Town Names Sound NSFW, But They’re Really Not Naughty At All!

In an effort of full disclosure, please know there’s not one bad/dirty/NSFW word or phrase in this post. However there are some words that may or may have homonyms that might be a wee (or more than just a wee) bit suggestive, at least in the eyes of the beholder (that might be some of you, dear readers). That’s not our fault ;-). Your Mileage May Vary, and you have been warned. And now, on with the blog post…
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100 Of The Most Stupid Questions Ever Asked of Travel Agents

Some travelers like to use a “do it yourself” approach and book all of their travel on their own. Others prefer to use a travel agent (TA). Either method is fine, and whichever works better for you, go for it.

Should use decide to use a travel agent though, you may want to avoid asking questions such as these… 😉

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How To Get An Upgraded Hotel Room 100% Of The Time

Over the years I’ve developed a way to get an upgraded room at a hotel every time that I’ve used it. It’s so easy that I’m hesitant to share it with you but as our readers, you deserve it.

To get an upgraded room every time all you have to do is……….. pay for it. 😉

What, were you expecting some magic system? Maybe a code word or secret handshake that only internet bloggers know about? Well yeah, that would be pretty cool. And don’t get me wrong, according to the internet there are a million different ways for you to score an upgraded room. Here’s a list of some of the most commonly shared “secrets”: Continue reading “How To Get An Upgraded Hotel Room 100% Of The Time”

This Vacation Is A Control Freak’s Nightmare (And I’m Still Interested)

When I was in Seattle, I did a tour of the Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle Tours. Before we went off on our food adventure, our guide did the typical group activity ice breaker…we all introduced ourselves, said where we were from and why we booked the tour. As we went around the room, one couple said they had no idea they were visiting Seattle until the day before and they found out when they were on the way to the plane. This tour and other activities were all a part of the mystery package they received just a few days before the trip. We were all very interested to hear from them how this worked.

Sharon has written about a program from Lufthansa where you book a flight to a surprise destination, so this isn’t an a brand new idea but I’d never heard of it in the U.S. Upon getting home, I did some looking into the website the couple on our tour used. The premise is intriguing and at the same time it terrifies me.

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This Might Be The Happiest Airport Employee EVER!

It’s pretty rare to see people who really, REALLY love their job. Oh sure, you’ll sometimes see people who look like they’re OK with what they do, and act accordingly. But you just as often see the ones who look like they haven’t enjoyed their jobs in years. You know the ones I mean – the burnt out ones with the sour pusses and the “customers stink” personalities. The ones who tell you that your carry-on is too big when it isn’t, or whose very lives seem to depend on the two words that are ruining the travel service industry.

One of the exceptions? This guy. And amazingly enough, he works for a place where the sourpusses tend to overpopulate the good employees by a bajillion to one – the airline industry. And if what he does during his job doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.

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