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...

Drunk Snorkeling with Sea Turtles

With my face in the water I can hear nothing but the sound of my own breathing. I am enveloped in a peaceful, tranquil, blue world. One filled with sea turtles. A lot of people talk about what a fantastic experience it is to swim with dolphins. Admittedly, the idea...

Breaking the Law… by Wearing Camouflage

Throughout all the islands of the West Indies, there are laws prohibiting anyone from buying, selling, owning or wearing any article of camouflage clothing. I forgot to mention this to my daughter and did not notice as we flew into Trinidad that she was wearing camouflage cargo shorts. They apparently...