You might expect beautiful beaches and palm trees in Mexico, but how about cactus, desert and mountains? You won’t find those in Cancun! For a beautiful beach destination that also has the feel of the Arizona desert and the mountains of Southern California, check out the Los Cabos area. Located at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, you’ll find the beauty of Los Cabos. Enjoy lounging on the beach, sipping a cocktail at the swim up bar, snorkeling with whale sharks, whale watching from a catamaran or the nightlife of Cabo San Lucas. Regardless of your activity preferences, you’re guaranteed to be surrounded by the beauty of the area.
We’re all looking for a good deal on airfare and today’s easy access to travel sites allows us to compare and contrast fares across airlines. Travelers may expect to tack on additional costs to the ultra low cost carriers’ tickets but beware that the basic economy tickets on major carriers may also lack some of the standard options. These lower ticket prices may include restrictions like no seat choice, no carry on baggage, no upgrades and no qualifying frequent flyer miles. Read the fine print and be sure that the airline ticket you purchase does in fact include the options that are important to you. We love a good deal at LTP, but not at the expense of our upgrade eligibility!
Do you enjoy the (usually) shorter lines and less hassle of the TSA PreCheck line? If so, you’d probably be disappointed to be declined the opportunity to enter that line because your membership expired. These memberships are only good for 5 years.
The TSA began selling PreCheck memberships in December 2013. More than 420,000 travelers signed up in the first six months, with a total of 750,000 travelers signed up in the first year. This means that thousands of memberships are expiring each month this year. Most users can renew their membership for $85 through an easy online process and memberships can be renewed up to 6 months in advance of the expiration date. To learn more, check out the TSA website .
Hello! We are rounding out our #100traveltrips with a list of our favorites:
Road trip destination?
- Rebecca – Chicago
- Michelle – Nashville
- Sandy – MemphisCruise destination?
- Rebecca – Cuba
- Michelle – Alaska
- Sandy – The islands of French Polynsesia
Favorite trip of all time?
- Rebecca – tie between Ireland and Australia (Australia was a work trip or it would probably win hands down)
- Michelle – French Polynesia
- Sandy – Ahhh….I cannot pick one! French Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand are at the top of my list.
It can be easy to buy souvenirs for yourself of others if you collect specific trinkets such as t-shirts, bottle openers, magnets, etc. However, many people do not have collectibles and yet we want to remember the trip.
Consider buying something that you will regularly use, and it will remind you of the trip every trip you use or wear it. For example, buy jewelry native to your destination, perfume or soap that reminds you of a local scent, or a dress/shirt that will remind you of the trip.
It can be difficult to know how much cash to bring when going abroad. Generally speaking, exchanging about $200 USD is a good idea, unless you know you are going on quite a few excursions where you will need to pay cash. There will be ATMs wherever you go and the exchange rate is usually good. You can always exchange any unused cash once you return. Remember, from Tip 85, exchange some small bills/coins so that you can use it right away when you land.
- rest & relaxation
- catching up with friends
- time for self (escaping daily work and parenthood demands)
- Elizabeth Lombardo lists more benefits in her book “A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness“
- Mom guilt is hard to overcome but it is worth it for the whole family for Mom to get a quick recharge
- Money and time are other challenges
- Prioritizing self vs family or home expenses and spending money on self vs family//home
- Start small – consider a driving trip that is only a few hours from home and not as costly
- Divide and conquer on the tasks
- Make a goal to get away and budget ahead for the trip
- Decide how you want to split costs and track spending
- Sometimes I don’t do much planning at all…it’s so rare to just “show up” as many people share the burden of planning.
- Less stress only worrying only about myself (and cheaper than taking the whole family!!)
- Rebecca – somewhere near home so more people can afford to go
- Michelle – a retreat hotel with a lot of variety in options
- Sandy – consider vacation home rental with a lot of bedrooms and common shared space
- Rebecca – Vegas (#sorrynotsorry) – recommend Priceline for good hotel deals
- Michelle – Driving trips with nearby free festivals or museums
- Sandy – Visit friends and take advantage of some nights with no hotel; Pagosa Springs was a recent favorite near a friend’s house in Colorado Springs
- Rebecca – Napa
- Michelle – Any beach
- Sandy – Lake Austin near Austin, TX
- Rebecca – Chicago – recommend the architecture boat tour
- Michelle – Austin, Napa/San Fran, Nashville, Austin
- Sandy – San Francisco and wine country
Quick and impactful?
- Rebecca – French Lick, Indiana & Downtown Indy (where we get to mention riding elephants again…oh, and a biofreeze massage)
- Michelle – Sarasota & Epcot Food and Wine Festival (Orlando)
- Sandy – short cruise from Florida to Bahamas
- Rebecca – Memphis – Graceland but more seriously the Civil Rights Museum
- Michelle – Trips to a faith-based conference with sightseeing on the side
- Sandy- Lake Austin
- Rebecca – Maui
- Michelle – Maui; Lake Austin gets honorable mention
- Sandy- French Polynesia island cruise including Bora Bora
- Rebecca – Lisbon, Portugal & the Canary Islands
- Michelle – Palm Beach, Florida
- Sandy – Asheville, North Carolina
- Save a date and book well in advance; unless you pay upfront for a hotel, you can usually cancel very close to your travel dates without penalty
- Create a schedule of events with variety; make plans that suit nearly everyone’s needs and then just go with the flow – not everyone may want to do everything and that’s ok
- Agree on a budget and secure some of the costs so you have real commitment
- Don’t sweat the details – you’ll have a blast even if some small things go wrong