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What a Trump Presidency Means for American Travelers

Donald J. Trump, America's first Orange President
Chuck Sat, 2016-11-12 07:00
If, by midnight on January 20 th , Inauguration Day, all Americans abroad are not home, they will come home to find the front doors locked, will have to sleep over at a friend’s, and will have a lot of explaining to do the next morning to avoid having their keys taken away and allowances cut off for a month. If you think the Trump election surprised a lot of Americans, then the rest of the world is in something of toupee shock (half comical finger pointing and half genuine astonishment). Our HomeAway.com host in Guadeloupe said it simply and best when he asked us, “Mr. Trump has a very bad...

Why You Should Book All Your Hotels at Hotels.com

Hotels.com App Logo
Chuck Sat, 2016-11-05 07:00
This will be one of those blogs that you might read and assume we are getting some sort of commission or spiff or freebie from Hotels.com in exchange for writing it. That is, according to the average dime-a-dozen travel blogger, one of the perks of being a glamorous, jet-setting travel blogger. Well, I guess I’m not one of those travel bloggers because we don’t exactly have big travel corporations knocking on our doors offering to give us free stuff in exchange for writing about their services. But let me make this very clear: if you are a big travel corporation and want to give us free stuff...

Our 4-Point Lodging Strategy

A room at our hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia, January 2016
Chuck Sat, 2016-10-29 08:30
Above: a room at our hotel in Ljubljana, Slovenia back in January, 2016 Way back in primary school social sciences, I remember once having to memorize a list of humankind's basic necessities to sustain life. Shelter, food, and water were on the list. I don't remember the rest of this list, but nowadays I imagine it includes good bandwidth and Netflix. The one topic we invested the most research and thought into in regards to this nomadic lifestyle was lodging, a more comfortable euphemism for the first of that list, shelter. After all, we didn't imagine living under a lean-to of palm fronds...

Genealogy Lessons for Travelers

The Ros Family, Early 1900's
Chuck Tue, 2016-09-27 07:00
An Interview With Kerry from ClueWagon.com Our regular readers know that, from time to time, we've taken advantage of our travels to pursue some ancestry research, like the month spent on the Spanish island of Ibiza in 2015. We haven't always had a consistent approach to our genealogy research, but our research discipline and methods have improved in the past few years. We can thank our friend and fellow blogger Kerry Scott over at ClueWagon.com for much of that: we've been trying to keep up with her blog since we discovered her a little over a year ago. Her blog is always informative and...

Our Passports Have Dust On Them

Atlanta in Legos
Chuck Thu, 2016-09-22 07:00
We’re getting restless. Our feet are itchy. Our passports have dust on them. But new plans are being made… We blinked and the last four months are gone. Our travels might not have been overly exciting since our last blog, but we haven’t exactly sat still. It’s been a summer full of new grandbaby, wedding preparation, some local and regional travel (including a couple of stateside house sits), more work than I’ve been used to in a while, dance lessons, and some occasional time for fun with friends, a couple of concerts (Jimmy Buffett, Phillip Phillips with Matt Nathanson), some ancestry...