Category Archives: travel

Ode to Lost Luggage

Sept. 7 Dear Big Black Suitcase: I haven’t laid eyes on you since Aug. 1 when I left home at 3 a.m. for a “cruise-of-a-lifetime” to the Mediterranean and handed you over to the United airlines rep at the Charleston … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Cruise: Fabulous Venice

At the end of our Mediterranean cruise, my friend M and I got off the ship and stayed an extra night in Venice before returning to the U.S. (We didn’t want to just fly in, get on the ship, get … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Cruise: Touring Athens

On the fifth day of our Mediterranean cruise, the ship docked in Pireaus, a port about seven miles from Athens. We had 12 hours to spend there and didn’t want to waste a minute!

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Mediterranean Cruise: A Day at the Beach in Katakolon, Greece

By the last day ashore of our Mediterranean cruise, we were pretty tired from the all-day shore excursions in the preceding days and decided to go to the beach at the port of Katakolon. (The port is also near Olympia, … Continue reading

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Vacationing on Your Own: Pleasures and Perils of Solo Travel

I’m into solo traveling — go on a lot of cruises and other getaways (like scrapbooking weekends, BlogHer conferences and visits to friends) alone and really enjoy it. While there are lots of advantages to vacationing alone, there are also a … Continue reading

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Regal Princess Review: Top 20 Amenities

The Regal Princess — the newest ship in the Princess line — is my favorite cruise ship ever. Maybe it’s just me, but the decor on most of the cruise ships I can afford seems sort of tacky. There are … Continue reading

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Traveling Solo: Why I Love Princess Cruise Lines

I’ve gone on about 15 week-long cruises to date — and absolutely love them. There’s no more carefree way to travel. In fact, I just returned from a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean on the new Regal Princess a few … Continue reading

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Super Thrifty — But These are the Things I’m Willing to Splurge On

Even the thriftiest person has some indulgence they’re willing to spend their hard-earned money on. It might be a small thing like Starbucks coffee, a special lipstick or a hobby item. Or something bigger. I come from a frugal family … Continue reading

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