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Family Camping Holidays

Family Camping Holidays – A Beginners’s Guide

Have you and your family thought of taking family camping holidays, but seem a little apprehensive about getting started?  Camping is a wonderful way to spend time with your family and it’s also a very affordable vacation option as well!

Our family have been camping in North America for years, seeing and enjoying some remarkable places along the way.  With some careful planning camping can be done on a very limited budget, making it suitable for most anyone.

Great Family Weekend Camping Breaks

What I find so great about camping is that you can get started with a simple tent or even less, making camping one of the most inexpensive ways to just … get a way!

For example, our family of fo...


Photo Series – 18 Places Around the World That Always Make Me Smile

Tensions are running high thanks to a certain pandemic, so I thought that today I would assemble some photos of my favorite places around the world. These are all spots I will strive to return to once life has returned to normal. Remember, for now it’s important to stay home but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to traveling later.

Paris France


Whitsundays - Queensland, Australia

Queensland, Australia

Route 66 Matt Illinois

Route 66

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland


Crystal Cruise Ship

On any cruise

Table Mountain

Cape Town, South Africa

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Rome Italy


Bora Bora Tahiti

Bora Bora

Ireland Cow




Bamberg, Germany


Khaosan Road in Bangkok


Highland Cow Scotland UK


Disneyland California


Moraine Lake Alberta Canada


Melbourne Australia

Melbourne, Australia


Best Travel Coffee Makers in 2020

We, like many people, love coffee. It’s a staple of our morning routine, whether we’re on a road trip, on  a camping adventure, or just hanging out at home.

Of course, there’s a world of variety when it comes to coffee, and not every coffee drink is created equally. When we’re at home it’s easy for us to make a great cup of coffee, but when we’re travelling, it’s not always so simple.

Whether you are trying to escape the instant coffee in hotel rooms or the bad diner coffee, trying to fuel your espresso addition in the wilderness, or trying to save money on buying expensive coffee at places like Starbucks, we think that making your own coffee may be the way to go...


Solo Travel Destination-Latvia-11 Surprises!

Solo Travel Destination-Latvia-11 Surprises: A popular time for tourists is the summer solstice June 23-24. As I have been planning a trip to Latvia in the fall, I found a world of surprises. Here are the top 11:

One:      Latvia is the “most introverted country in the world”! (According to a sign at the Washington, DC Embassy)

Two:      A photo of Latvia’s windmills could easily have been taken in the Netherlands.

Three:   Latvia while located in Eastern Europe is actually part of the Nordic region’s culture and heritage.

Four:     Latvia’s leading cathedral in its capital is the only one we have found that was topped by a rooster!

Five:      When you hear beaches, you think Caribbean, South Beach? While a lot colder climate, Latvia has beaches that are one of the local tourist...


Mental Health Is the Silent Crisis Within the Quarantine

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Times are tough, really tough. As COVID 19 quickly spreads around the planet, millions have been told to stay at home or risk further exacerbating the disease. While absolutely the smart way to go, that self-isolation is just as harmful to millions of people around the world who are dealing with either preexisting mental health issues, new ones and even being trapped in an abusive household. While some have addressed the topic of mental health during the Coronavirus crisis, I wanted to share my own thoughts in the hopes of encouraging others to stay safe in ways that don’t involve facemasks or hand sanitizers.

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Self-Isolation Can Be Debilitating

Believe me, I’ve dealt with my fair share of issues over the last 44 years so I’m speaking from a place of authority...


Excellent Health Benefits Of Walking Daily

Health Benefits of Walking Daily

The Health Benefits Of Walking 30 Minutes Each Day

One of the great ways to keep healthy and fit especially during travel is to get out there and walk!  The Health Benefits of Walking are absolutely incredible for body and mind.  Having had a number of physical injuries over the years and as I get older, walking for health and exercise has become increasingly important for maintaining overall health and wellness.

Below, I’ve shown just a few of the great reasons why you need to or continue to get out there and start Walking For Your Health!

The Surprising Health Benefits Of Walking

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My wife and I are baby boomers and maintaining our overall heath and well – being is priority number one.  We want to continue to travel and enjoy life to its fullest extent for as long as we can...


Finding New #Destinations-5 Offbeat Tips

Finding New Destinations-5 Offbeat Tips: For all travelers but especially solo travelers, the choice of destinations can make or break your trip. It is key to avoid wasting time and hard earned cash. With the high cost of air travel plus for many, the loss of limited vacation, we are always looking for ways to save and savor each trip.

Here are some of our tips how to find the right new destinations.

Finding New Destinations-5 Offbeat Tips:

Tip One:

Consider vacationing in the world’s smallest countries.

According to Google, these are the 20 tiniest nations on the globe:

Vatican City

Monaco: A great day trip or night out! I recommend Monaco as an extension to a trip to the South of France. There is a local train with very inexpensive tickets...


Look to the future: alternative ways to travel around Barcelona

During these testing times on the back of the COVID-19 virus, many people have seen future travel plans be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

As frustrating as this is, we strongly believe that respecting the health measures in place all over the world should be observed by all. As well as this, that health is the most important thing for everyone right now.

However, we feel that one of the best ways to get through this is by thinking of exciting things to plan for when normality resumes. Therefore, we have looked to show you all the alternative ways you can travel around Barcelona. So that, when the day comes, you can get around Barcelona in a unique and fun way.

Barcelona is a city full of diverse people, traditions and… transport! It is normal in the city to be seen getting about on...


Biggest Travel Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Biggest Travel Mistakes

6 Most Common Travel Mistakes To Avoid

International Travel Mistakes To Avoid # 1

Failing To Check The Expiry Date On Your Passport

travel documents

Yes, this is one of the most common mistakes people make when getting ready to go on vacation. They forget to check the expiry date on their passports, or on any other necessary documents such as a travel tourist visa. In most cases, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of your extended stay in the country you are visiting.

Unfortunately, this has happened to friends of ours in the past. They were all set to head out for a 2 week tropical vacation, only to discover when they arrived at the airport to check in, their passports had expired 3 months previously. What a horrible way to ruin a long awaited vacation!

* Check the expir...


Staycations-11 Options for Now

Staycations-11 Options for Now: With travel restrictions and a myriad of flight cancellations, distant vacation plans are largely being put on hold. Solo travelers, as well as couples and families, need to find a more creative approach. A staycation is the best current option and affordable for virtually every budget. Here are our ten tips (Please note that cleaning out the basement or garage is not allowed to be on the agenda for a staycation!):

Option 1:

Take a day off from telecommuting. Try to go “old school” for 24 hours.

Option 2:

  • Create your own film festivals. Digital delivery has resulted in a real revolution with options from scheduled satellite and cable programming to DVR’s and live streaming.

The old repertory theaters are gone...