May 2009 Archive

Summer Family Road Trips

This could be the year of the family road trip. The summer of 2009 may go down in history as the summer we rediscovered the open road as the solution for the conflicting need of a much needed break coupled with the lack of ability to spend on a foreign vacation destination; the need for frugality versus the promise of rejuvenation. With fuel prices being the lowest in 4 years, and vacation budgets being a non-factor in a lot of Americans minds right now, the stage is set for summer family road trips to be the boon.

Since we’ve covered thoughts and tips on solo road trips, let’s talk about ways to extend the initial promise of the nostalgic memories that Dads everywhere seem to dreamily envision as they herd the brood into the family sedan for a view of roadside Americana.

Wild Junket

Nellie Huang describes herself as an atypical Asian with an insatiable thirst for travel. Wild Junket is the personal hub where she writes about all her travel adventures.

18 Things You Don’t Need on Your Packing List

Over the limit? Need to shed a few pounds or fork out cash for going over your weight allowance? This inverted packing list – it tells you what you don’t need – will help you figure out how you can lighten the load.

The Travel Tart

The Travel Tart is all about funny, offbeat travel. From posts about the Zimbabwean dollar and weird foods to one about the European destination hardly anyone wants to visit (Kosovo), the Travel Tart will keep you entertained.

My life in Shanghai

Nick’s blog of observations and adventures in Shanghai and beyond is perceptive, well-written and complemented by photos from everyday life.

How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets (E-Book Review)

Has the economy forced you to reconsider your travel plans for 2009?

Over the past few weeks, Tammie Dooley from Solo Road Trip has shown how you can save your pennies and still have a great holiday, campground-style.

But if that doesn’t suffice – if you have an irrepressible desire to fly somewhere, near or far – take a look at Elizabeth Sanberg’s guide to finding cheap airline tickets.

Where in the World are the Kittels?!

The Kittels are family of seven living the expat life in Costa Rica. Kelly, mom, writes the blog, which provides a fascinating insight into life abroad.

Camels and Chocolate

Kristin Luna is a professional travel writer and celebrity journalist with a witty style and ardent passion for travel.

Camping 101: Campground Etiquette

A series on camping wouldn’t be complete without a discussion about etiquette. We camp to get away from it all. The problem with that yearning is that during high season, most campgrounds are crowded. So you either need to toughen up and camp during the off-season (meaning you’ll need to deal with colder weather), or learn some manners. Even for those who consider themselves a seasoned camper or outdoors person, the leap to knowing how to play well with others when your playground is a campground isn’t always a given. I assure you however that it is possible to happily co-exist in nature when the most you’ve got separating you from your neighbor is a few feet and a tent wall.

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