June 22, 2017

ARUBA, JAMAICA, OH I WANT TO TAKE YOU....




Every time I hear Aruba....I immediately break out into song....


Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take ya
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama

Key Largo, Montego, baby why don't we go...




My daughter, sister, niece, and mother went on a Caribbean cruise from Florida, visiting many islands including Aruba.




May 24, 2017

8 PLACES OUTSIDE OF THE US YOU CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD TO TRAVEL TO IN 2017













I have said this many times....Travel doesn't have to be expensive.  If it was, I would never leave my house.  I live in Arkansas where the minimum wage is $8.50, so many of us have to work extra jobs to earn travel money.  Some work three jobs!


The good news is that there are some places where you can consistently find cheap flights and lodging.  Places like Spain, Italy, France, Ireland,  many Caribbean islands, and almost all of Mexico.


One of your biggest expenses is airfare so be sure to check out my post on Finding Cheap Airfare HERE.


My travel companions and I have put a list of some of our favorite budget places to travel.




#1 ROME   I don't remember ever seeing Rome and a list for budget travel.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe because flying directly into Rome can be expensive.  If you fly to a cheaper destination like Barcelona, you can fly on to Rome for around $25.  Once you are in Rome, there are tons of things to see for free.  We paid to get into the Colosseum but you can walk to the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, and many more places for free. 
The public bus cost €1.50 for 100 minutes or €24 for a week so you can travel around Rome cheap.  There are tons of places to eat in Rome but if you are looking for someplace inexpensive, pop into one of the pizza shops where you can get a huge slice of pizza and soda for around €5.





#2 BARCELONA I never realized how popular Barcelona was as a travel destination until I traveled there the first time.  Barcelona is fairly easy to get around and there is always something to do.  Buses to and from the airport are very affordable (I think we paid ­€7) and if you stay in a hotel (or use Airbnb like we did) near the Placa CAntalunya, it's just a short walk to everywhere.  If you really want to eat cheap, find a tapas bar where you can pick up a tapas for €1 each. 



April 21, 2017

PANTHEON & TREVI FOUNTAIN ~ Walking Tour


This post covers the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon.  The first part covering visiting the Piazza Navona & Chiesa Di Santa Maria Maddalena can be found HERE.

TREVI FOUNTAIN


The Trevi Fountain is probably the most famous fountain in Rome so of course, if you are in Rome, you are going to want to visit the site.  It's a very short walk from the Pantheon and as you wind your way down narrow streets you will turn the corner and it's suddenly in front of you.  


Unlike the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, there is no courtyard in front of the fountain. It's not a large area so it seems more crowded than most places. I have added a areal view above so you can see how tight the space is.

April 17, 2017

Think you can't afford to fly to another country for the day?


Have a long layover in Rome?  Think you can't afford to fly to another country for just one day?  You would be amazed at what you can see and do in just 24 hours.

April 6, 2017

FLIGHTS FOR $3.72 - Why it cheaper to travel in Europe

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Flights for $3.72!  This must be a scam, right?  No it's true.  You can fly almost anywhere in Europe cheap on Ryanair.

I flew from Barcelona to Rome - Rome to Malta - Malta to Girona, Spain for around $80.

I constantly tell people to find cheap flights to Europe, anywhere in Europe, and then fly to your destination of choice.  It's much cheaper than taking a direct flight.  Traveling through Europe can be much cheap than traveling within the US.

If you watch, you can find flights to Barcelona or Madrid, Spain for under $400.  From there, you can fly to your desired destination or multiple destinations like I did.  I ended up taking 8 flights (a lot, I know) but the total cost for 5 countries (US - Spain - Italy- Malta - Canada) was around $500.

There is a catch to these budget flights.....You will not get free drinks or food.  There are strict luggage restrictions if you don't want to pay.  With some of these budget airlines, you have to check in online within a certain time frame.  You are charged steep fees if you don't abide by these rules so read the guidelines carefully!

Let talk Ryanair.  It is one of the biggest budget carriers but it can be a headache. For instance, they have a complicated luggage policy.  Here is the current policy:


March 5, 2017

New Video Up of Heather Feeding Pigeons at the Placa De Catalunya ~ BARCELONA



Placa de Catalunya is a large square in central Barcelona, Spain that is generally considered to be both its city center and the place where the old city and new meet. It is known for its fountains and statues, its proximity to some of Barcelona’s most popular attractions, and for the flocks of pigeons that gather in the center.

You can read about our trip to Barcelona HERE