The Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Games

Road trip games: playing tic-tac-toe in the car.
Road trip games are a lifesaver, whether you're trekking cross country to sight-see or simply cross-county to see the grandparents, you're a college student on a butt-numbing quest to see how many states you can pin in a single weekend, or you're simply idling in traffic on the way to the airport.

Sure, you can flip through Facebook or have the kids watch Frozen for the 1,000th time, but why not use some of that road time to have a little fun while fostering a deeper connection with your fellow travelers?  Continue Reading

Yes, You Can Have a Great Vacation on a Budget. Here’s How.

Tips for budget travel

Who doesn't love to travel? Even if it's for one overnight stay, a quick vacation is good for the soul. There's a common misconception about the cost of travel and that vacationing is only for the wealthy, but you can have a good time for less! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you plan a smashing vacation on a budget! 

 

 

1. Airfare/Transportation – A novice jetsetter might think to quickly just check out sites like Travelocity or Expedia, but you can find better deals on airfare through sites like Cheaptickets.com or CheapOAir.com. Continue Reading

Cute Luggage that will Make you Want to Plan a Vacation Right Away

If you're lucky enough to plan a summer vacation this year, it's time to start packing! Maybe this is just me, but packing for trips is how I get really excited about them. In fact, I tend to start packing almost a week in advance sometimes! No matter your next destination, you'll want to start making plans immediately when you see all of these cute luggage pieces that will make your suitcase stand out on an airport carousel. Continue Reading

9 Tips for an Amazing (or at Least Tolerable) Road Trip with Your Pet

Traveling with dogs and cats - 9 tips for a less stressful road trip

Pets. We love them, and sometimes when we’re traveling, we don’t want to leave them. Whether it’s because your boarding situation isn’t ideal, or you just can’t imagine going on a vacation without them, you want to make sure you and your dog (or cat!) are prepared for a pleasant and non-stressful road trip. I’ve hit the road a few times with this furry lady pictured here, and after a few hundred hours in the car together, we’ve learned a thing or two.  Continue Reading

Why and How I Never Check Luggage, Even for International Trips

In the last five years or so, I've been fortunate to go on several international trips. Even though it would be free to check a bag on those flights, I never do, and it has saved me so much time and trouble that I can't imagine doing it any other way. If you're doing any air travel, internationally or not, I'm here to tell you why and how you should avoid checking luggage.           Continue Reading

19 Things to Do Before Going on Vacation This Summer

How to prep your home before going on vacation

School's out for the summer, and vacation time is here again! Are you planning a big trip this year? Maybe it's a road trip across the country, or maybe it's a cruise. Perhaps an outdoor camping getaway or you're headed to a cabin by the lake. What ever the reason, if you're leaving your home unattended for a few days or even weeks. While your house can't actually get lonely without you, it will miss your maintenance. Continue Reading

The One Thing You Might Be Doing Wrong When You Fly

Flying tip

If you've ever flown on a plane, you're familiar with that groggy feeling that follows once you land. Your legs are wobbly, your stomach is churning, and you might even have a headache. Thousands of miles from home, you feel the opposite of refreshed. I recently took two trips in the same month, flying back and forth both times. The first trip was irritated by the long-lasting effects of flying. I was groggy and grouchy in the days following my flight. Continue Reading

Travel Lighter: 10 Ways To Save Space In Your Suitcase

Travel Lighter: 10 Ways To Save Space In Your Suitcase
Photo: Elliott Chau

I used to pack haphazardly and I'd end up coming home with a suitcase so stuffed that it felt like it might explode at any minute. But when I traveled to France for two weeks last summer, I did lots of research on how to travel lighter. And I haven't looked back since! Here are ten tips on how to save space in your suitcase so you don't have to check your bag at the airport or lug a hopelessly heavy bag around town.    Continue Reading

The One Thing You Should Avoid During Your Next Vacation

Why You Should Do Less During Your Next Vacation

Over the past decade, we've seen a major dip in the prioritization of vacations. After the financial crisis, our work-life balance system was pretty much thrown out the window. As a result, Americans are taking way less vacation time than they accrue. If this is you, you may have struggled with trying to pack your infrequent travel plans with a myriad of activities. Understandably, you want to make the most of your time off. What you really should be doing is almost nothing. Continue Reading

I’m Obsessed: 15 Gorgeous Home Decor Ideas Spotted While Traveling in France

It's easy to focus on design styles that surround you everyday, but sometimes it's important to escape the norm and check out something new. So when my husband and I traveled to France for our honeymoon last month, I came back totally inspired. Here are 15 of my favorite interiors (and a few exteriors) that highlight the trends I noticed along the way.   

 

I'm Obsessing: 15 Gorgeous Home Decor Ideas Spotted While Traveling in France
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

1. Rattan – These giant pendants hung from the ceiling of the restaurant at Carrieres de Lumieres, an interactive art show displayed on the walls of a cave (Yes, it was as crazy as it sounds!). Continue Reading