A Traveling guide of a Mother of 6. A Guest Post on the blog this week

Who doesn’t love an adventure? Family vacations and spontaneous road trips. This is the stuff memories are made of. I’m a wife and a mother of 5 beautiful girls under 10 and I have a son who’s 17. When he chooses to bless us with his presence he helps me with the girls on our outings. Daddy works 6 days a week so he’s not there for all of our family outings. So for the most part, it is just me and my girls. I guess you can say I learned some tricks along the way. Because who wants to be stressed out when you could enjoy yourself instead.

I know the first thing most people think is “Wow, do you really travel with that many children?” And if you have over 3 children I’m sure you’ve heard ” You sure do have your hands full.” Tell me you haven’t heard that a million times over. So, the answer is yes, I travel with all those kids and I always have a system for traveling with my children or attending events with them without  being overwhelmed or having my “hands too full.” Just because I have more then one doesn’t mean I have to leave them at home. Plus, even if I wanted to, I couldn’t. Lol!

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My husband works a lot and sometimes has to travel for his job. Which means that most of the time it’s just me and the kids. I choose events close to home. This let’s me travel light. The bare necessities. A stroller, diaper bag which doubles as a purse, a blanket, my Nikon depending on event and an infant carrier, which straps to my body.

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We love open grassy fields and live bands. The more space the better. Easy for us to put down our blanket and eat yummy food while listening to awesome music. The kids can run and play without worry of disturbing others. And as a parent I’m at ease because it’s not overcrowded. So, we choose festivals over the fair or something similar to the fair. Festivals allow us to enjoy the fair qualities without the fair crowd.

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Although we love to go to festivals we equally love to travel. Nothing beats an awesome road trip! We love loading up the SUV with activities, movies, mermaid blankets and we can’t forget the memory foam neck rests for a comfy nap along the way. If we’re road trippin it, we’ll definitely be home late. This is actually an awesome time to travel. There’s no traffic and the kids are fast asleep. So turn up that radio to your favorite song. Or enjoy the silence and the view.

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The key to a successful road trip when you have a lot of little one’s is to leave early  and come back late. They’ll be sleepy and fall asleep as soon as you hit the road. Trust me, it’s GLORIOUS! Lol!

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When we get to where we’re going I make sure to drive as close as possible. If we can see it along the way even better. Like our trip to the Hoover Damn. We drove through the whole damn. Got off and walked a short ways to view it without being in a moving vehicle. Grand Canyon is another national monument you can enjoy just a few feet away from your vehicle. And then you have the option to take the kids walking or just enjoy the view from where you are. Maybe even have a picnic.

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I know your thinking I probably would steer clear of an amusement park. Especially because i mentioned how awesome it is not to be in a crowd. But we love a good amusement park just like everyone else. That trip would obviously include the whole family. And maybe even grandma, grandpa or the kids favorite aunt and uncle. The more adults the better. You can even assign children to adults. I’d leave as much as possible at home. You don’t want to be lugging around all kinds of stuff for hours and hours. And when the smaller one’s get tired walking the park has plenty of strollers you can rent. So there you have it, even if you have 5 kids you can enjoy a beautiful family trip. After all, life is one big adventure!

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5 Tips for visiting the Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations in the Caribbean.  The temperatures in the Dominican average 70-88 degrees making it a perfect place to visit for that mid-winter break.  Dominican Republic is home to a thousand miles of gorgeous beaches, world class golf courses, great sporting adventures, and an incredible rich history.  It definitely has something for everyone.  My 5 best tips for visiting the Dominican Republic are below.

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Where to stay?  The most developed area is the area of Punta Cana.  It’s here you will find your incredible beaches and some of the most amazing resorts.  This is where you will find everything from boutique hotels to mega resorts.  Punta Cana is home to many of the Islands top restaurants, numerous bars, and night clubs.  A few hotels that stand out are the Sanctuary Cap Cana is a great 5 star property in Punta Cana a 331 room all inclusive resort catering to adults and couples who are looking to relax and lavish in luxury.   A little adventurous? You can try the Pineapple Room at Nickelodeon Resort.  This is definitely not for kids only as they also cater to adults.  With 9 pools, a luxury spa, waterslides and 9 restaurants it’s perfect for active couples and families.  Now with 7000 acres and world class golf head to Casa de Campo a 5 star property featuring a full service marina, 16-century styled village, full service spa, equestrian facilities, and a shooting center.  To get around easier book a suite and you will have your own golf cart to visit those 7000 acres.

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Getting around the Island is easy and I would recommend driving around the Dominican Republic while you are there.  It is one of the best ways to see the different areas of the Island.  There are 3 airports on DR and sometimes flying into Santo Domingo can save you a little money.   You can rent a car and drive to your resort if you so choose.

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All Inclusives are one of the ways to go in the DR as they are plentiful and the pricing over all is great.   People think of all inclusives as just food and beverage but all inclusives even include things like entertainment and water sports.  Every all inclusive hotel is different in their offerings as some can even offer you a round of gold.  So when you think all inclusive don’t just think food and beverage.

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What to bring?  Yes you are going to have to pack your own sun screen and your own bug spray.  These things on the Island are expensive and for some reason at times hard to come by.  So definitely check the bag and pack both of these to save yourself some headaches.

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Direct Flights are available to the Dominican Republic from places like Minneapolis, Detroit, New York, Boston,  and Atlanta on Delta Airlines.  Perfect for those cold winter climates to get a way for that mid-winter break.  There are also various connecting cities available and of course other airlines.  Santa Domingo can often have better pricing depending on the time of year you are traveling.

So if you have the Dominican Republic on your mind and are looking for that amazing Caribbean vacation I think you will be satisfied.  With ideal weather, gorgeous beaches, world class golf, amazing restaurants, and easily navigable it’s ideal for that mid-winter or anytime getaway.   As always if you find you would love to plan that next trip give me a call or drop an email and I would love to help you plan.

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5 Tips For Visiting the Domincan Repulic

Two Days in London is it enough?

Two does in London is it enough to see everything?

pexels-photo-769041.jpegTwo Days in London is it enough?  NO, it’s not but it was all we had after a river cruise we were on.  We finished the cruise in Switzerland and took a cheap flight over to London.  So we had two days to see as much as we could in that time frame.   Did we do it?  YES.  I would have definitely stayed longer as London is a great city and we had a blast on our whirlwind tour of the city.   Stay longer if you can there is so much to see and do in London.

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So after our crazy, cramped, awful, but cheap flight to London we pretty much hit the ground running.   It was early December so a bit of a chill in the air but Christmas decorations were up and the city was buzzing.  I tend to enjoy off season for travel less people and slightly cooler.

 

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We stayed city center at St. Ermins which I wrote about in my review of the hotel.  It’s a great boutique style or independent style in the Marriott portfolio.  It’s in a perfect location as you can walk to places like Parliament, Big Ben, the Thames River for catching a cruise or water taxi.  It’s close to the train station to get you anywhere else you might want to travel too in your time frame.

 

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The Iconic Big Ben is attached to Parliament and a great site to see and visit.  The House of Parliament has become almost synonymous to London and has captured the eye of many photographers.  The day tours are a fantastic glimpse into the life and history of this great meeting point for British Politicians.  If you are lucky enough to be there on the right day, you could possibly sit in a meeting of the House of Commons.  (Free)   Keep an umbrella with you and try to arrive at least 15 minutes early for your tour.  You can also see the statue of Abraham Lincoln erected in 1920.

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Buckingham Palace of course you have to see the home of the Queen.  The somewhat dreary outside does nothing to expose the grandeur of the inside.  Unfortunately for this trip we were unable to make the tour or get tickets to experience the Palace itself.  Our brief encounter was a momentary stop on the outside gates and a brief, very brief encounter for the changing of the guard.  So much to see and do next visit we want to experience the whole ceremony.

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The Albert Pub in the heart of the district looks paltry in the shadow of the skyscrapers but is a very cool pub.  It was built in 1862 and just seeing it in the area is a sight in itself. It’s named after queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert.   It’s amazing it survived the Blitz in WW2 and its façade and features are still the same today as they were in the 1800’s.   The Albert is a great little place to stop and soak up some atmosphere and have a quick bite if you like as you prepare for your next British experience.  Westminster Abby is about a quarter mile from it and Big Ben are all within walking distance.

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“The Clink”   A little bit of corniness and truly terrible truth about the horrific conditions of incarceration in the 12th to 17th centuries.  They do a pretty good job of recreating the atmosphere of the prison during that time period.    It’s an eye opening experience and makes you grateful for the time period you live in.  It’s fun because of the craziness of the time but also sad if you think about it.   If the chains and sewer conditions are not bad enough you are lucky if you even eat.  If your family brought you something to eat you might get fed.  If not sadly you perhaps might just have to eat that rat in your cell.  YIKES!!!

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The Tower of London a must see even with only two days in London.   This fantastic piece of history is nestled around a little artsy type enclave and the famous White Chapel district known for yes the grisly Jack the Ripper murders.    Planted in this area it’s appears to be a little out of place not unlike the Albert Pub.   Step inside though and enjoy the stories of tales of imprisonment, torture, execution, murder, and of course with some scandal thrown in.    Definite must see even with only two days in London.

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Finally we had the opportunity to visit HMS Belfast, one of only 3 surviving D-Day bombardment vessels.  The other’s are in South Carolina the USS Laffey, and the USS Texas in San Jacinto Texas.    We are a military family and this was an amazing journey through Naval history.  Even if you are not military the history and experience of being on the Belfast was truly unique.

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On the way back to our Hotel we walked the waterfront of River Thames as it was Christmas season and we were able to see some of London’s Christmas markets.  We then caught a water taxi back to our hotel and had a nice cruise along the river.  We were able to see other sites like the London Eye while cruising.

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I would have definitely stayed longer as London is a great city and we had a blast on our whirlwind tour of the city.    So is “Two Days in London” enough time yes but if you have time spend a little longer there as there is so much to see and do.  We didn’t even scratch the surface.

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How you can enjoy Cruising the Southern Caribbean

pexels-photo-248797.jpegOcean Cruising in the Southern Caribbean is one of the best ways to spend the month of January. Especially if you live in a cold climate area. You will be pleasantly surprised with the weather as you travel down to the lower portion of the Caribbean. If you are looking for sun, fun, and beautiful beaches the Southern Caribbean is a fantastic choice.

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The Southern Caribbean is just below the hurricane belt for those worried about traveling in the Caribbean in hurricane season.   January is not during this time frame, but you are safe anytime of the year.

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It is a less traveled area compared to Islands like Cozumel and St Thomas.  Our trip was with Princess Cruises to what is known as the ABC Islands.  These are Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire.    These are the three western-most Island of the Leeward Antilles and just above Venezuela.   They are all three Dutch Islands or Netherlands but are not within the EU. 

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These Islands have a lot going for them and starting to attract many visitors trying to escape the cold.  They feature some of the best diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean.  For those sun seekers just looking for a tan they have some amazing white sand beaches.  The Caribbean in general tends to be relaxed and these Islands are no different.  They have a pretty laid back casual style to them.

pexels-photo-860909.jpegAruba is the most developed of the Islands.  It’s in Aruba you can find golf courses, casinos, night life, resorts, and shopping.  The US has some direct flights as well catering to those who wish to spend a week or two on their lovely beaches.  

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Curacao is the largest of the three Islands and is one of the most colorful.  It features a lot of history in its Capital of Willemstad settled in 1634.  It also happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site.   It does have a history of slavery as most of the Caribbean Islands do and this can be seen in some of the countryside Plantations.  

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Bonaire is probably my favorite Island.  It’s tiny in size but big on appeal for the rustic traveler.   It’s small but extremely laid-back vibe made it a wonderful place to spend the day.  Bonaire is a diver’s paradise and you will find them throughout the Island stepping off the rocky coastal areas to the coral reef’s below.   

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The Island is easily navigable, and you can see it in one day.   The have different modes of transportation available from the cruise port.  I wrote about it last week in my one day in Bonaire post.

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This is just a brief intro into what it is like cruising some of the Southern Caribbean.  For this cruise we traveled with Princess Cruise lines.  We chose a guaranteed Balcony, meaning we did not choose our room before hand.  We let them assign our cabin for us.  We were delighted with a mid-ship placement on a higher floor.   It was a great stateroom.

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We chose one excursion through Princess so that we could join friends on an evening sunset cruise in Aruba.  We then chose to travel less encumbered by choosing less crowded things to do.  Our day in Bonaire was definitely the highlight of the Islands.  Our lunch at Foodies was also one of our favorites in the Caribbean.

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If you are looking for something different the ABC Island’s in the Southern Caribbean are definitely a wonderful experience.  Weather you want to spend a week on one of the pristine beaches in Aruba or visit like we did on a cruise you will enjoy the experience.

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Top things to do with a day in Bonaire

Bonaire is a small little Island in the Caribbean down towards South America.  It is one of the Dutch Islands known as the ABC Islands.  We happened to stop there on a Southern Caribbean Princess Cruise.   It is situated right outside the Hurricane belt so no worries about weather.  The island is pretty small and at first most might not even take notice of it as a cruise stop or a vacation destination.

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The little Island delivers though!!!   It has some of the most amazing snorkeling and is a well known dive site.  The waters are crystal clear which make it great for any underwater adventures.  As you cruise around the Island you will see divers everywhere.  They are on every stop you see.  They dive everywhere along the Island no special drop off necessary.  I chatted with a couple and they told me it’s the best diving in the Caribbean.

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We have not acquired our PADI yet so we usually snorkel.   This stop though we chose to go with a golf cart and cruise the Island.  Wow!  What a great choice we made.   Sometimes getting of the ship with a huge amount of people all waiting to do the same thing is a little bit of a drag.  So we opted to just get off the ship at our leisure and see what we could.  After a bit of a back and forth over a scooter. Neither of us have ever drove one.    The woman way “come on it will be fun”, the man way “are you kidding you just had your hip replaced”.  We ended up with the golf cart.  It was the best decision ever.

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We ended up with a cart for the full day and we were able to see basically the whole Island on our own time and stopping where we wanted.  We did one half of the island first.  Bonaire is home to many nature reserves one being the Flamingos.

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Bonaire is home to salt flats.  It’s a unique sight and you see the various stages of salt as it goes through different processes.  This is pink beach and yes that is all salt.  We picked up a few different packages from cooking to bathing on the way back to the ship.

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There are many slave huts throughout the island.  It’s a sad but vivid portrait of the history of the island.

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Culinary delights abound at Foodies where we had a fantastic lunch with some of the best food we have eaten in the Caribbean.  You definitely need the golf cart to get there or the scooter.    I had the Foodies Bites Surprised Mixed Platter with the Chef surprising you with a mixture of Dutch bites.  It was delicious and the hubby even approved.   They have quite a lot of different Dutch style lunches and dinners and I always love to experience a place with it’s food.  So if you happen to visit enjoy it’s a wonderful place to eat and the ambiance and location fantastic.

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So if you happen to be in Bonaire and are not diving or snorkeling rent a golf cart at Bonaire Cruises.  Cruise the island at your leisure and make sure to stop at Foodies for lunch or dinner.  If you would allow me I would love to assist you in a cruise to the Southern Caribbean.  Just let me know.

 

Top 7 ways to save money on a cruise vacation

Top 7 tips to save money on a cruise

 

Whether you are going for the first time or are a frequent cruiser there are various ways to save money when you go on a cruise.  From booking the cruise, excursions, and even while onboard. These simple tips can help you not break your bank when traveling and save money on a cruise.  Unless you want to go all out which is really fun too.  So read along as I help you learn “How to save money on a cruise”

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Everyone always wants to know how to save money on booking a cruise.  The various boards are full of post on how to get the best deal on a cruise.  How to get the best pricing, when, where, and on and on.  Well here is the number one lesson from a Travel Advisor.  Use a Travel Advisor.

I know, I can here you saying I can book it myself right?  Why yes you most certainly can but a Travel Advisor has the ability to check many different cruises at the same time.  They have access to sales from there own agency that you don’t.  They have groups that they could add you into that will give you a little extra something like and onboard credit.  They also can use whatever you received from the cruise line as a bonus when they book your trip.

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Tip number 2 sometimes the earlier the better especially if you want a certain cabin.  You can always update pricing if a sale comes out that is better along the way.  So you are in the cabin you want and when a sale comes up your Travel Advisor would just rebook you into the new sale if it is beneficial.

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Tip number 3 There are certain times of the year that prices drop for cruises.  A good Travel Advisor knows this and will help you with the timing.  That is if you don’t need the cruise to be during a certain time frame.

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Tip number 4 Saving money while on ship can be done.  I remember our first cruise, we bought the ship out I think.  Pictures, spa, drinks, specialty dining, shopping, excursions, Casino ect ect.  It was new and we were excited.  It was FUN!  We received our bill at the end and were WOW!  All in and all no regrets.  We enjoy our memories and I laugh and can tell you about it now.  So on ship there are extras and these all can add up.  My suggestion only do the things you really want to do.  Only purchase the pictures you really like not all the whole pack that you can never put up on your wall.

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Tip number 5 Excursions are great but can add up at every port.  My suggestion take a look a head of time at what you would like to do.  Sometimes if it’s not a crazy long trip in the jungle two hours you can pick up an excursion in port.  Like we did renting a golf cart in Bonaire.  You will learn about this later this week when our next update post.

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Tip number 6 Onboard credits, drink packages, free internet, the list goes on an on.  Everyone has things that are important for them.  Some don’t care for internet so this does not matter to them.  Others it’s a drink package they won’t use.  So for the perks on board companies like Norwegian often run a sale with pick 5 free and you choose between what they are offering.  Companies like Princess often run an onboard credit sale.  You can then take your on-board credit and use it for what you want.   There is usually a sale that can fit any traveler.  All these will help you save money on a cruise.

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Tip number 7 there are many other tips a travel advisor has for saving money on cruising one of my favorites is go River Cruising where the price you pay is the price for basically everything .  There are not a lot of extras as your excursions are included.   Overall cruising is an excellent value for your money.  You see many places, unpack once, food is included, and you have entertainment on board.  What are you waiting for GO CRUISING!  I hope you enjoyed the Top 7 things to save money on a cruise.

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Top things to do with 5 days in Dublin

DublinIn April we got some pretty great tickets to Dublin using Scott’s Cheap Flights.  We ended up with less than 400.00 per person round trip out of Durango, Co.  If you knew SW Colorado you know how great that price is.  It cost up to that much to go to North Carolina from where we are.  So for under 400.00 per ticket for Dublin we were out the door.

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I just happened to have some Radisson and SPG points from staying with them throughout the year.  Therefore with cheap airfare and hotel points for our trip it was a quick jaunt across the pond.

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So, what do you do with 5 days in Dublin to make the most out of it.  Travel with T loves to book quick day trips from a city home base, especially if I am short on time.

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Dublin hop on and off the great Big Red Bus lets you stop at any of the choices it has on the tours.  The driver gives you a little on board spiel on the site and it’s history.  Its truly a cool way to experience the sights and sounds of a city.  You can book this aspect a head of time to make the most of your time with Travel with T.

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Fresh Seafood anyone?

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Cliffs of Moher what a bucket list item!   If you have not been, it should be on your list of things to see.  The beauty, peace, and tranquility of the place cannot even begin to be described in words.  This was definitely the highlight of our trip.  Day trips are easy to set up and leave from the city center.

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Cliffs of Moher are absolutely amazing

Traditional Music Pub Crawl!  OK so for my birthday we did a Pub-crawl and it was fantastic!  Now this is not your ordinary pub-crawl where you just kind of booze it up along the route. (nothing wrong with that) This featured traditional Irish music with top notch musicians.  You went from small pub to small pub and enjoyed the history of the countries music.  In the end after the crawl, we decided to hang out with the musicians at an out of the way pub.  Here we discovered many other from music scene freely playing the traditional sounds of Ireland.   What a fantastic evening!!!

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We did all of these using my destination expertise of course.   I booked each one through one of the companies I can use as a Travel Advisor and I was not disappointed.  We packed a lot into our days could not see everything but it ended up a fantastic birthday trip.

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Guinness a must for Travel with T

I traveled with my normal Samsonite Omni, which is just a little larger than a carry on but not so big I am struggling to move it though the airport.   I also loved this Women’s Polo Neck Stretchable Elasticity Long Sleeve Sweater Jumper it reminded me of cable knit style sweater I got from Amazon.  I just love it and it was great for the Irish weather in April.

I am wearing it here not a great shot but you can see my Jack Bauer Messenger Bag too.  Its great for my camera gear and everything I want to carry.  I call it that but it is really  a s-zone Vintage Canvas Genuine Leather Trim DSLR SLR Camera Shoulder Messenger Bag. 

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Finding Luxury on Princess Cruises

Emerald PrincessSo if you have popped in because the Luxury Minimalist tag caught your eye read on.  I call my travel style Luxury Minimalist.  I like a little bit of Luxury and a little bit of price.  So I find that while cruising on Princess Cruise line.

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Now if you follow me at all you know my favorite way to travel is River Cruising but I do enjoy an Ocean Cruise too.  Ocean Cruising is the perfect style of travel for me.  I love to see several different places on one trip.  Ocean Cruising offers it up on a silver platter with Princess Cruises.

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So why is Princess Cruises so appealing to the Luxury Minimalist?   First off they offer a on-board credit for Military service.  So my husband the “Gunny” being a retired USMC we usually come away with 100.00 right off the bat.  We usually can be found using it in the Casino or the Spa.

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Princess also offers 100.00 onboard credit for cruising 7 days as a stockholder.  Which can be quite a little perk if you travel on any of the CCL brands including Holland American, Princess, and Carnival Cruises.

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The Luxury Minimalist in me loves the little extra service that Princess seems to provide.  Booking a balcony cabin or a mini-suite is a little piece of heaven as you sail through Caribbean, Mediterranean or the Ultimate ALASKA.

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Princess treats you just a bit above some of the other lines we have experienced.  I am all about being pampered in the SPA.  Which just so happens to be one of my favorite onboard activities.

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Your entertainment on-board is included from Vegas style shows, to Comedy, to game shows where the talent are your fellow passengers.  I feel the return on your dollar is very good.

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You are able to see many different places on the same cruise.  This is one of my favorite aspects.    I love getting out and seeing things.  Enjoying everything the destination has to offer.   So being able to visit and see different Islands or even countries highly appeals to my wanderlust.

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Can I say PACKING AND UNPACKING ONLY ONCE!  You never have to worry about getting back to the hotel for your next city or country.  You unpack and you are settled until you depart for home.  This is one of my favorite things.  The fashionista in me lets me take a little more luggage then I do for something like Europe.  For Europe I always tend to pack a little lighter but I mix and match a lot of items.  If I am on the move I don’t want to have to haul around too much luggage.  I liked the Samsonite Omni I picked up on Amazon for easy travel when I am in Europe or for an extra piece when cruising.   For the Ocean Cruise I don’t have to worry about a thing because I unpack only once.

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The cabin steward is a luxury in itself.  They visit you twice a day taking care of your room, ice for your drinks and anything you may need in your stateroom while you are aboard.  Would you like robes for your time on-board ask your room steward.  When they arrive in the evening for turn down they arrive with lovely little chocolates that are left on your bed.

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So for a little luxury on your vacation a cruise is one of the nicest adventure at sea you can take.  Princess works for me but it could be Celebrity, Seabourn, Cunard or Holland American for you.

Some of the things I took on my cruise that I really loved Dream Pairs Women’s Open Peep Platform Summer Sandal.  If you happened to catch my voice performance on ship I had these on.  Comfortable and I loved them.  So many complements.  For one evening dinner I wore Urban K Women’s Racer Back Jumpsuit.  This is definitely a keeper and can travel well.  You can mix and match it with anything.  So if you would like to try a cruise I would love to help you book it.  Just use the form to contact me below.   You can also support my blog by purchasing the items I have tried.   (If you like them)  This post contains references to products we have used. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products.

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Are there benefits to Group Travel

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Rome Touring is Amazing Photo Credit Travel with T

In the world of the internet there is one word that can become very apparent early on and it is “Rabbit Hole”.  The task of even planning a trip or multicountry trip can become not only daunting but increasingly frustrating.  This is where group travel or touring might appeal.   The changes in tours and or groups have changed with the times and if you think slow well put your tennis shoes on and lets go for a ride.  Group Travel and Tours can be a fantastic way to see an area with as little effort as possible and you meet great people along the way who you may develop life long friendships with.  Group travel might not be for everyone but for those that are interested there definitely is a lot of bang for your buck.  Someone has done everything for you and you never needed to jump down that “Rabbit Hole”.

 

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Lines are non existent in group touring Rome Photo Credit Travel with T

In group touring the planning is done for you and the only thing you need to do is show up (with tennis shoes), choose your extras which could be an extra event not included with the tour (most are amazing), and plan your free time.   Hotels, transfers, entrance fees to destinations, sightseeing and travel is all included.   No need for the stress of trying to figure out logistics as most of it is taken care of by your travel agent and the tour company.

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Rome an amazing place to go touring photo credit Travel with T

Transportation is completely taken care of from picking you up at the airport to the various modes that might occur throughout your trip.  In Venice for instance you may be taken to a loading area by a coach bus and then transferred on to a more common form of transport in Venice some type of water craft.  Changing cities?  No problem it’s all handled by the tour company

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The Coliseum  Photo Credit Travel with T

Every detail to make your life a little easier is organized for you.  You only have to show up and meet your group at the designated meeting point.  Usually a casual dinner at the hotel restaurant where everyone get’s to meet and you are introduced to your tour guide.

 

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Quaint Lunch in Italy Photo Credit Travel with T

 

Food and Beverage most of your breakfast are included and you usually will have several dinners that will also be part of your package.  If you are changing cities throughout the tour it’s common to have one dinner in each city.   You are also able to often purchase extra excursions which are almost always incredible.  Highly recommended as most are designed specifically to highlight the tour.  My own opinion is they are the highlight.

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Now some of the con’s of group travel are you are with a group.  This can range from a small to a large group and usually it’s a pretty mixed bag of goods.   You will have older and younger in the group and usually from all over.  You travel with your group which might not appeal to some.  The places you see such as museums you may not have as long as you like in the area.   You get to see a lot in a short amount of time which does not always appeal to everyone.

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Tours given in English of course will have Americans, Canadians, and Australians or any of the other English speaking countries.  You will spend quite a lot of time with your group as you go through the different tours and enjoy dinner and this is an aspect many may enjoy.   You share an experience with others that may never be forgotten and some have gone on to be great friends after.  Even touring again together.

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All and all group travel is definitely more advantages then disadvantages.   It will not appeal to everyone but it is a great way to see the world and experience it with other’s which is really what life is all about.   So if you have never tried it give it a try and you open up  a wonderful land of possibilities.

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Coliseum Rome Italy Photo Credit Travel with T

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River Cruising the Art of Luxury

The art of luxury river cruising

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River Cruising and the Art of Luxury

Picture gliding down an ancient river with a gentle breeze just sweeping across face as you sit sipping a glass of wine from the local region you are visiting.   You’re escorted down the river with picturesque countryside and you never worry about unpacking and packing, you never worry how you are going to get from one destination to the next, you never worry about paying for anything on board, you never worry about making a bed, or even what you are going to eat.  

 

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You dine on regional specialties and traditional fare that is not only delicious but a feast for the eyes as well.  All the while in casual comfort.

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A casual yet refined style of travel known as river cruising is blooming into a new style of travel for most.   The value for the lifestyle is enough to make the luxury minimalist drool a little.   Try pricing out everything you do and see on a river cruise individually and your head will spin as the dollar signs start to rise.   It appears almost exponentially as you start adding things like transfers, comfortable hotels, and exquisite meals.   Yes, I guess you could go really budget and stay in a hostel but why?

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Travel is meant to be a journey, not rushed, not hurried but a wonderful journey into life.   It is not only the destination you discover but the culture and the people.  It’s meant to be smooth, it’s meant to be lived.  It’s meant to be EXPERIENCED.  I captured these moments with my love Nikon 3300 SR I can’t tell you how many times I have dropped it and it still works amazing.

 

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Daily Life along the Mekong Delta

 

 

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The only thing I regret is I hadn’t discovered it sooner.  For those with a passion to travel and experience river cruising provides a wonderful venue for you.  Your back drop is the world and your mode of transport is a vessel that glides along the most beautiful rivers.   If you are lucky to choose the correct line you may be presented with a panoramic view and more than likely you will settle for no less later on.  Yet for the budget minded you can also experience everything a river cruise has to offer in a room with slightly different set up that still will provide you all the experience and wonder you desire.

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From the Castles of Europe to the exotic venues of Asia you will not be disappointed.  If there is a navigable waterway there is likely a river cruise company that will carry you on your journey.  Gone is the hustle and bustle of the larger lines here you find the destination is the experience.  Everything glides along in a river pace.  Not to be confused with nothing to do and boring because as I mentioned earlier the destination is the discovery and the experience.   You are free to relax and enjoy on your own or join the group as they go out and explore each new stop.  Discover River Cruising and the Art of Luxury you will not be disappointed.dsc_0289

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