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Edinburgh Home Exchange with Points (and Castles Everywhere)

About nine months ago I found a really great deal on flights to London. So I planned a two week vacation for two, to some unspecified place that we’d get to from London. Six months ago I decided it was time to make a choice about where we’d go, not because I like to plan my […]

Busses are the Best Ridesharing

If you support the concept of ridesharing, where random strangers open up their vehicles to take on riders who are going the same route, it seems obvious you should also like public transportation. It’s nice to share a car so that all four seats are used. But it’s even more efficient to share a 50 seat bus. […]

Arranging a home exchange for Santiago

I recently came across a $350 round trip airfare to Santiago. Of course I had to jump on it as I’ve always wanted to visit Chile. Unfortunately the dates didn’t work out so that weather would be appropriate to visit Patagonia, so Torres del Paine will have to wait for another trip. But I’m excited to […]

Free Tours of Narita for your Tokyo Airport Entertainment

Following up on my fabulous 9 hour overnight layover in Tokyo at the start of a recent trip, I had another long layover on my return trip, this time landing and departing from Narita airport. The city of Narita is funding free transit tours for people with some time to kill at the airport. I didn’t want […]

Behind the Scenes (again) with TravelingSpoon

Once again on a trip to Malaysia I had the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for TravelingSpoon, testing out a new food experience for them in Kuala Lumpur. I was thrilled to help out this awesome company by offering up my stomach and camera to make sure the meal was up to their high standards.

Overnight in an Onsen: How to maximize a 9 hour layover in Tokyo

Staying overnight at an Onsen was a fabulous use of my brief Tokyo layover, but I had a very hard time finding this information online. So I’m sharing the details in case others in the same situation want to consider this option. The backstory: I booked a crazy cheap ticket to Malaysia and included in it what […]

Dental Tourism: Saving Money for more Traveling

TL;DR: Americans can save lots of money getting dental work done in Spain. Or save even more going to other countries. For many years I associated medical tourism with women getting plastic surgery. This is probably because I first heard about this phenomenon in Costa Rica where they have resorts devoted to just this sort of […]

Bowls, Cups and Other Local Learnings from a Spain Homestay

Staying with locals provides an entirely different experience from what I see as a tourist. While I’m out on my own I do basically the same things I would do in any city, namely walk around a ton and sample lots of local food and drink. But I learned some interesting things that I didn’t anticipate after 3 […]

GoCambio Exchange Review: Three Weeks in Madrid

My three week GoCambio exchange in Madrid is over and it’s time to sum up the experience, which was overall fabulous. I enjoyed an immersive taste of Spanish life while making new friends and spending very little money. In fact I’ve been raving to my friends about this experience and several of them have already […]

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