Archive for June, 2009

TTT: Tips for museum photography

Tripso recently published a nice post by Ned Livi with 10 tips for compelling museum photography.  Check it out!  I have one more tip for you on this subject – take some pictures that include the people with whom you’re visiting the museum.  When scrapbooking, I usually prefer to use postcard sized prints of my favorite works and then toss in a picture of myself and/or my friends/family at the museum.

June 30, 2009 at 7:14 am 1 comment

Destination: Split

Split was, like Corfu, a pleasant surprise.  The beach wasn’t too nice, but the city was adorable and amazing. They even have a huge statue of Merlin!



June 24, 2009 at 6:50 am 1 comment

TTT: Avoiding weight gain on your next cruise

I’ve been on three heavily-researched cruises, so, while not yet an expert, I do believe I have some good tips for avoiding weight gain on your next cruise:

  1. Lose a little weight before your cruise; ideally you’ll be a couple pounds under your ideal weight.  It seems to me that this gets your metabolism going so it’ll better handle the extra calories you’ll inevitably consume.  You’ll also likely get in better shape in order to do this, which is great cuz you’ll have more energy to enjoy the ports.
  2. Take the stairs!  You don’t want to waste time waiting on elevators anyway.  Speaking of stairs…
  3. Choose a cabin on a lower level.  This will help you with climbing more stairs.  And don’t feel to gipped because you’ll have fewer levels to go down to get off the ship.
  4. On every at sea day, and maybe some of the port days, make sure you exercise.  Run/walk laps around the track, take a yoga class, use the elliptical in the fitness center – whatever.
  5. Try not to eat everything in sight.  Yes, you can order multiple entrees and every single course, but… that doesn’t mean you have to eat every bite of everything you order.  It also means you don’t have to eat more than a bite of anything you don’t love.
  6. Sign up for the second seating for dinner so that…
  7. When you go to one of those midnight buffets, you must look but don’t touch.  It’s unlikely you’ll be hungry for more food at that point anyway.
  8. If you visit a buffet, start with a little and go back for more if and only if you are still hungry.
  9. Go easy on the drinks.  They’re expensive and full of empty calories.

All of this said, try not to stress too much about it while you’re on your cruise.  The point is to have a good time!

Image from the Muskopf website.

TTT: Travel Tip Tuesday

June 23, 2009 at 8:10 pm Leave a comment

Destination: Corfu

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Corfu.  I hadn’t heard of it before we researched the trip, so I had no idea why we were visiting the place.  Turns out that it’s a beautiful Greek island – but very different from, say, Mykonos or Santorini.  Although the towns on Corfu aren’t as charming, the people are nice, there’s plenty to do, the food is good, and the scenery is outstanding. 


June 22, 2009 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

Destination: Mykonos

Mykonos was, hands down, my favorite port we visited on our cruise last year.  Thank goodness!  My desire to visit the island, and it’s little sister, Delos, were what prompted the whole cruise in the first place.  See, back in the early 1990s, I was a huge Christopher Pike fan, and the setting of The Immortal really spoke to me.  Since Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas was one of a relatively small number ships stopping in Mykonos, that’s how “we” came to choose that itinerary.  Now on to pictures and potentially useful information!


June 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

TTT: Cross packing

In preparing for our Baltic cruise, I’ve been doing a lot of research about various aspects of our trip.  One thing I’ve learned is that the Copenhagen airport is notorious for losing baggage.  So… that brings me to my travel tip this Tuesday evening for you – when flying with someone else and you really need your stuff, you need to cross pack.

Haven’t heard of cross packing?  It’s just putting half your stuff and half your traveling companion’s stuff in one bag and the rest in another bag.  Further, make sure that you REALLY cross pack.  That means that, if you’re packing 2 bags, put half your undies, half your tops, half your dresses, etc. in one bag and the other half in the other bag.

Image from TeleNav.

TTT: Travel Tip Tuesday

June 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm 3 comments

TTT Update: Travel insurance to protect against layoffs

I posted a few months back about this issue after analyzing some policies in light of the Baltic cruise we’ll be taking later this year.  Consumer Reports’ Bill McGee recently addressed this same issue for USA Today.  He made a couple of really good points – (1) be careful where you purchase your insurance (wouldn’t it stink to need to cancel your trip but your insurance company has gone out of business?!), and (2) be wary of paying for the same thing twice. 

My addition (really just a clarification) to my earlier advice is this: READ THE FINE PRINT!  For example, if you’ve only been in your current job for 1 year, a policy that only provides job loss coverage for those employed for 3 years by the same employer isn’t going to do you much good.

June 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

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