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I'm a 37-year old Seattle girl who was bitten by the travel bug on my first tour of Europe in 2004. This personal blog follows my attempts to visit as many countries as I can, as often as my budget will allow. Since starting this blog in 2007, I've also worked as a freelance copywriter for an online travel publication. This only served to add even more must-see locations to my already extended list.
Follow me as I try to balance "real life" with exploring the world, all while trying to conquer a wickedly ironic case of homesickness.



27.1.09

And another thing...

One of the things I love about being abroad:

Being in a country of which I don't speak the language very well, but I'm trying. And the local to whom I trying to speak almost always answers me in their best English. And I realize we're both carrying on a conversation in two different languages, each attempting their best at the other person's native tongue. They help me with their dialect, I help them with their English. But together, we manage to communicate, albeit a little choppy and including charades. And then, right there in the middle of it all, we form this little bond that transcends the words we're trying so hard to say.

I love that.

24.1.09

We're booked!

It's official: we're heading back across the pond in May! Due to this less-than-desirable economy, we've had to shorten the original itinerary quite significantly. But we are still heading to Central Europe; Austria, to be specific. We'll be based in Vienna and driving out to Salzburg, where I just might run down the street singing "I Have Confidence" at the top of my lungs with the rest of the wacky Americans.

And since we so conveniently fly through London on the way back home, we're going to hang up our coats and stay a few days in England, as well. We've already planned one train trip out into the surrounding areas, specifically Canterbury. I didn't get to see quite as much of it as I was hoping on our visit several years ago. And I'm very much hoping to make it to Hampton Court Palace this year. The Tudor history dweeb in me has a clinical need to see this place!

This brings up my budget European travel tip for the day: British Airways is having a very impressive sale right now. Register your email address for an additional $20 off each way. Book before 29 Jan, travel before 24 May. If you can, by all means do.

Aaahh, going back. It feels so good! Let the countdown begin!

23.1.09

Waiting for money from Robin Larkins?

This blog has recently seen quite the increase in comments from frustrated patrons of Real World Rental, just like myself. If you are waiting for money from Robin Larkins, please, please, please click here for an email address of a London Mirror reporter that would love to hear from you. Together, our voice can make a difference. Let's expose this scam!

19.1.09

WelcomeRewards

Upon learning about WelcomeRewards offered by Hotels.com, I got really excited about the concept. It seems to work pretty much like a punch card system: for every 10 nights paid, you get 1 free. No points to collect. No blackout dates. It even works hand-in-hand with their price match guarantee.

Skeptically waiting for the catch? I was, too. So I called a friend who used to work for them. It seems like it's pretty above board. She's been using their points program for years and loves it.

My next step was to dig up the budget European hotels I hope to use this year, knowing if these cheap properties qualify for the free night, just about everything will qualify. And lo and behold, they do.

I'm convinced, I'm signing up. Hotels.com, you've won me over.

16.1.09

Through my lens

Scroll down the right menu bar a bit. I added some personal travel pics for your general amusement. Don't get too excited, now!

Miracle on the Hudson


As a meek little traveler in Seattle, I tip my hat to pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III, the entire crew of US Airways flight 1549 and all the boats who diverted to help in the Hudson River yesterday.

You are my heroes.

12.1.09

I'm being published!



I've just been informed by a very kind Travel & Leisure editor that a glowing letter I wrote last month will be published in the March issue of the US edition! It's just a letter, not a paid article. I'm not Rick Steves or anything.

But it's something! I therefore reserve the right to toot my own horn a little.

5.1.09

The Fairmont Olympic...on a budget?!

Seattlites, we just snagged a room at the downtown Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel (formerly the Four Seasons) for a ridiculously good rate. Go here to book your own!
Here's to celebrating Hubby's 30th birthday in style...for a third the normal price. Wahoo!
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