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Key West: Where it's important to know it's your birthday but not your name....

Can we start with the fact we went in August, during Fred and it was stunning! Constant breeze, sun showers and lots of privacy. Flights can be booked through Delta or American. We flew RDU > ATL > Key West International. While Key West is walkable, we rented a golf cart for 6 and were grateful we did once we realized the grocery store was several blocks away. Where did we lay our heads at night? We wanted privacy from each other and the outside world. So, we chose the Privat

Greece in Black & White

A few months ago I flew business & 1st class to Greece, with my friend Jenny. Due to the length of the flight, the upgrade was well worth the $$. Athens will be our home base, we decided, and found a fab apartment in Kolonaki ($62/night on Airbnb). Kolonaki is considered the 2nd best neighborhood in Athens. The owner, a local artist, comes from a long line of artists. We were amazed she was comfortable to leave drawings, books, pottery and other items created by both her mot

Sunshine Shelly...it felt sinful... like finding a $100 bill on a deserted sidewalk.

I am shopping for a car. My youngest is going to inherit my Nissan Altima at the end of the year. I'm not a "car person" and find it exhausting looking for a car. I need it to be utilitarian, a little bit sexy, representative of my travel business, and it has to stand out. That's difficult on a budget! Tell me I'm wrong. I challenge you. Days, weeks, months have gone by...then it happened. I found her. Why "her"? No idea. She looked happy. She looked independent. She looked s

Budget for Holiday Travel

Kids have or will be starting school within the next few days and IG users are posting pics of pumpkins, oversized sweaters, and fall foliage. Wait a minute, it's 95 degrees outside w/195% humidity!!! Summer isn't over yet and there's still time to book your Labor Day holiday (September 9th). More importantly, you should start looking at where you'll be for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. It has been my experience that the seasoned travelers not only have this year b

Travel Gadgets

Trafalgar is my "go to" for travel abroad. I count on Trafalgar for quality accommodations, off the beaten path excursions, and stellar hosts and tour guides. They support environmentally friendly travel via paperless itineraries, reduce carbon footprint, and support local economies. They also have the coolest travel gadget ideas for those who appreciate organization and stylish travel accessories. College students studying abroad, seasoned travelers, and newbies alike will l

"On Your Left!"

My girl Big Al, aka Alice, and I walk at least 5 days a week. It's our way of fending off the soreness when getting out of bed, watching the accumulation of wrinkles on our faces, and feeling our tummies jiggle when our vehicles hit a pot hole. Walking gives us an opportunity to give thanks for the abundant wildlife; we notice how mother nature has changed with the weather; and frankly, we discuss (somewhat shamefully) what we've eaten in the last 24hrs that was never an issu

10 ways to start loving yourself the way you deserve to be loved

I'm busy. Who isn't? I can easily feel overwhelmed and under appreciated. That is why I appreciate the #selfcare movement. It may imply that one need to focus entirely on one's self; however, I disagree. Here are 10 ways you can start loving yourself the way you deserve to be loved: 1. Give thanks for 3 things today. Say them out loud. Make them count and make each day different. Create a video of these moments and look back on them at the end of the week. You'll be surprised

How a small decision can turn your life around

Ever had a gut feeling that made you turn around and run in the other direction? Who hasn't? Don't be afraid and don't fight it. I recently read an article by University of Southern California that said the "'gut instinct' may have been the GPS of human ancestors". This is fascinating because we now use apps to guide us in ways that were typically fostered by instincts. Does this mean we are relying more today on technology to make us happy and to determine what is best for u