Does American Airlines have it in for Rum?

You may have seen an article I wrote a while back about how the airline lost my suitcase with a very expensive bottle of rum inside. On my last trip it happened again! Sort of. While in Martiniqué for my daughter’s annual birthday trip, we toured a rum distillery and...

Indispensable Travel Gadgets – Medical Tape

Anyone who travels a lot has a list of must-have travel gadgets. Ignoring the obvious — cell phone charger, neck pillow, etc. — this is the first in a series of articles about travel gadgets you might never think of. My #1 go-to gadget is medical tape. The kind your doctor...

Gourmet Food on the Cheap

I’ve written and even posted a video before about eating well on vacation. It’s hard to do. Most places that tourists are likely to go serve far too large portions of overpriced, unhealthy food. While staying in Martiniqué recently, we rented a room from a wonderful French woman who lived...

Doing the Right Thing

“I thought you’d be mad.” “Are you kidding me?! I’m telling EVERYBODY!!!” This is the true story (as I know it) of a girl who did the right thing. My daughter was just finishing up four months of studying abroad for college. Before returning home, she and her roommate, who...

Spending Like a Drunken Sailor… And Getting Change Back!

I noted in my first article on super cheap trips how I arrived at my choice to visit Bogota, Colombia in part because round trip flights to there were so ridiculously cheap. Having now completed that trip, it isn’t just the flights that are ridiculously cheap. Everything there is so...

How I Unintentionally Became an International Drug Runner

I expected armed DEA agents to kick down my door any minute. Before my trip to Peru, I got lots of advice and warnings about altitude sickness. Much of it said that drinking coca tea would help. Search though I might, I could not find any coca tea before our...

Worst (or Best) Taxi Ride Ever

You might say he was in the wrong line of work. A taxi driver whose driving skills are basic at best and who doesn’t know his way around his own city. He not only had to use GPS but also stop to ask directions. Four times! I’ll be the first...