The Problem with Pickpockets

Pickpockets are a major problem in Europe and definitely a problem in Paris.  Someone I am traveling with was pickpocketed yesterday in the metro and she lost all of her money and cards.  Luckily she was not hurt and has a supportive group to help her out.  I can’t imagine how challenging it would have…

Travel Stubs in Photos

One of my favorite artifacts from my travels are the ticket stubs and other memorable documents.  I use it for memories, but also to help me remember names of restaurants and hotels.  Do you collect ticket stubs?  What do you do with them?  Here are the paper mementos I collected last summer.

Packing 101

I’ve shared my packing secrets on here already, but today I present a video for all of you visual learners out there.  If you’d like a written version, check out my article here.  Join me as I show you how the liberated traveler packs (and I teach it all in less than 15 minutes).

Travel on a Budget

Being a teacher makes me a budget traveler.  I cut back in other areas of my life so traveling can be possible.  I may not own a house anytime soon, but that is not my priority.  Besides watching my spending carefully, I have some tricks to save on the expenses of the trip.  I’ve broken…

Hotels in Europe

If you are traveling to Europe for the first time and staying in a hotel, you may be in for a surprise.  Typically, European hotels are small compared to American standards.  One room I stayed in had about enough room to walk from the door to the bed, and that was about it.  It makes…

Audio Journal

One alternative to the hand written journal is an audio record.  I tried this last summer.  Sometimes I am so tired by the time I’m ready to fill out my journal at night that it doesn’t happen till after the trip is over.  The longer I wait to record my memories, the foggier they become. …

Preparing for Paris

One of my favorite items on my to-do list before I travel is to read books and watch movies about the place.  It builds the anticipation, and provides some background information before I go.  Paris has an endless selection of literature written about the city of light.  Many American writers have found inspiration parked at…

Picking the Right Apartment for your Stay

I have been on quite an adventure the past week and a half trying to find a new apartment for my stay in Paris.  I booked an apartment months ago, but the landlord received a notice that he will no longer be able to rent out his studio.  I should have known it was coming,…

50 Things to do on Your Own

Exploring on your own should be an activity written in all guidebooks.  Whether you are traveling alone, or just want to get away from the group for a bit, here are some things you can do: Academic 1. Take an art history class -If you’ve never liked art, or never understood it, why not start? …