Exploring the Venetian Lagoon – Murano and Burano
Venice, a city in northwestern Italy's Veneto region. It's situated across 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It's a city of mystery, romance, culture, art, and so much more. Not all of its islands are linked to the Venetian "mainland" by bridges, there are many islands including Murano and Burano that due to their distance are linked only by watercraft.
Venice is one of our favorite cities. We try to get there at least once a year. So of course we've done ...
MSC Lirica Review – Would I Sail Her Again?
My husband recently declared that the test of a good cruise line is if you'd sail them again. He said this as soon as we boarded the MSC Lirica for our very first MSC cruise.
We are avid cruises and have been for many years. We've sailed with pretty much all the major cruise lines that cater to the US market including Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and NCL. But this was our first cruise aboard an MSC ship which caters mostly to the European market.
Before I answer the all ...
Family Cruising: What’s Included and What’s Not
Family cruising has become popular and affordable. It can be a great value for your vacation dollars. Cruise fares will take a big bite out of your vacation budget, air fare too if embarking far from home. But that’s really all you have to spend. You can budget around the “extras” by cherry picking activities and luxuries that are important to you and your family.
Our first cruise aboard the Star Princess was very costly. We had no idea what to expect and purchased all sorts of ...
Money Saving Tips for Your Cruise
Yay! You're going on a cruise! How exciting!
Cruise vacations have become very popular and for good reason. Cruises are actually a pretty good value specially if you live close to a cruise port and don't have to travel far to board the ship.
The biggest expense is of course the cruise fare, but once that's paid there isn't much more left to pay. Now that doesn't mean you will not spend any more money once you board the ship, far from it! Cruise lines have come up with many ways ...
Tips for Train Travel in Italy
Traveling Italy by trains is inexpensive and convenient. Italy's train system has been said to be unreliable with trains that are constantly late and random rail strikes. I'm not sure if this reputation is justly earned. We've been traveling around Italy by train for over 10 years and have only experienced 2 train delays and 2 strikes. The delays were never more than 10 minutes. The strikes were inconvenient, but didn't really put a big dent in our travel plans.
In my experience ...
Spring Break Family Destination Ideas
It's that time of year again, Spring Break! Many of us are waiting for Spring Break to take a short vacation but are afraid to dive into the craziness going on in some beach resorts. The term Spring Break brings to mind wild and crazy college kids taking over the beaches from coast to coast, I'm sure you've seen them on TV! Don't worry, you don't have to get trampled by the mass of kids partying all day and all night, there are many family friendly destinations you can go to this ...
Travel with Kids: Know Before You Go
Sooner or later many of us find ourselves searching for the best travel deals. This is particularly true when traveling with kids. Family travel is costly and stressful.
The key to almost stress free travel with kids or without is planning. Know before you go! Avoid surprise charges; know luggage fees and limits; know airline, car rental, and hotel policies and amenities. Pack wisely and make a budget.
I’m a travel agent always planning and searching for the best ...
A Day In Tombstone, Arizona
Tombstone, Arizona, the name evokes visions of gunfights, saloons, Wyatt Earp, the Clantons, Doc Holliday, and ghosts.
Everyone's heard of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral and may have seen it depicted in the recent movie bearing the town's name. But Tombstone is not just a remnant of the Wild West. It's a real town with real people who've lived there through out history and live there still. This has earned Tombstone the epitaph "The Town Too Tough to Die."
Ever since my ...
Amazing Hotels Your Kids will Love
To me its seems like a no brainer, when we take the kids to Disneyland or Disney World we stay at a Disney Resort. Disney Resorts are amazing, they keeps kids entertained with Mickey and friends wandering around the property and all that. The kids love it!
When we take the kids to other places we look for hotels and resorts that are kid friendly. There are lots of resorts out there that have added cool pools and kids' clubs to entice families to spend their ...
13 Kid Friendly Places to See in Houston
It seems we find ourselves in Houston just about every year. Either to visit family or to catch a flight to Europe or the Middle East. When we stop by we usually spend a day or two, it's a good place to rest between long flights.
That's why I'm always looking for new places to see and things to do in Houston. Recently I found many interesting places to see in Houston.
I doubt we'll have time to do them all, but we'll certainly try to do some special Halloween activities, maybe even ...