Archive for March, 2009
Today I attended a women’s leadership seminar, and one of the things the panel members said they wished they’d known when they first started out was that they couldn’t have it all. I think that applies for travel as well. When planning your next trip, there will come a time when you realize you can’t do everything you’d like during your trip. The thing to do is to prioritize and not overextend yourself. Trust me – you’ll have a better time if you’re not worked up about missing out.
National Geographic Traveler’s blog just featured a trip I’d love to take: a trip to Greece to help out with their animal welfare crisis. Apparently the SPCA is more special than I thought – Greece doesn’t have anything like it. That means that there aren’t as many shelters as there are here, and there isn’t a go-to source for spaying and neutering. As you’ve seen from my brief visit to a few spots in Greece, there really are cats everywhere, so this is absolutely a real issue.
Tomorrow is Passport Day. What does this mean?
Regional Passport Agencies and local Passport Acceptance Facilities will open their doors to the public on March 28, 2009. This is your chance to apply for a U.S. Passport Book or U.S. Passport Card during special weekend hours! (State Dept.)
Why are they doing this? Because June 1, 2009 is coming soon. Beginning that day, US citizens must must must have a valid passport or passport card to enter the US from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
Venice was a dream. Have you been? If not, put it on your list and start working towards it. If so, are you longing to go back? Although it was rainy and chilly for our visit, I loved it. It was just beautiful. The water looked as fake as I expected.
Hilary Nangle at Tripso provides some great moneysaving tips for your next trip. My favorites:
Rent a house, cottage or condo. I’ve used both HomeAway and local rental companies with good results. Just be sure to check for any add-on fees, such as cleaning, before signing.
For cheap eats, visit supermarket salad and prepared-foods bars.
Take advantage of early-bird dining specials, two-for-one promos and discounts or coupons available online or in local newspapers.
Instead of going out for dinner, opt for lunch instead.
TTT: Travel Tip Tuesday
Image from Cheap Travel Guide.
Yesterday, VarmintBites wrote this:
The Man v. Food episode filmed in the Triangle in January will be airing tomorrow night on The Travel Channel. In this episode, host Adam Richman eats some Time Out chicken biscuits, whole-hog barbecue from The Pit, and then tackles a hot dog eating challenge at The Roast Grill.
The episode will be broadcast at 10 PM tomorrow, March 18.
Set your DVRs/TIVOs tonight to catch it!
Have you seen the ads for Hulu.com featuring Faith (aka Eliza Dushku)? Love them! Anyway, on to the point. A friend of mine recently suggested that another friend check out Hulu.com while planning and prepping for her trip. Brilliant! So that’s my travel tip to you this week.
When we were in Atlanta for my bff’s vow renewal over New Year’s, my parents, my husband, and I went to the High. I’ve loved visiting that museum since I was really little, and this visit was a very special one. We got to see some of the terracotta warriors from China!
If you have the chance to go, definitely get some tickets now. The exhibit is so amazing that everyone should take the opportunity to see it. I mean, it’s not like we can all just bop over to Xi’an anytime we like, right? And what if you never make it over there? Might as well head on down to Atlanta!
Check out this cute story on Smitten, a blog via Glamour. The short story is that someone left a couple disposable cameras on benches in NYC, each with a note asking people to take pictures. A couple of the results:
I’d love to do this in the Triangle, but I have no idea where I could plant cameras that people would actually find them… Maybe on or near college campuses. Hm…
Images from Smitten at Glamour.
Better late than never, but… There’s this cool website, InsideTrip.com, that launched about a year ago. What’s so neat about this airfare search engine? It has all kinds of interesting info to help you narrow down your flight options that other search engines don’t necessarily have. Check out the dashboard that popped up when I did a test search: