Belgium is So Much More Than Waffles

Bruges, Belgium

A while back, Turkish Airlines offered an unbelievable buy one flight get the second for $1 deal for travel to select countries in Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, the deal really was too good to be true since the taxes were far higher than the cost of the flight itself. We still got a good deal nonetheless.

We (my retired Aunt and I) set our sights on two places in Europe that we’d never been to, Brussels, Belgium and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With only three weeks to spare, I went to TripAdvisor to begin planning our week-long winter holiday in Europe.

Since Brussels is known for their chocolate I knew a tour and tasting were in order. Also, a tour to familiarize ourselves with the city and its rich history were number one on my list. Fortunately, I found a great tour through Viator that encompassed both. Continue reading “Belgium is So Much More Than Waffles”


Making The Most of Vacation Days

February 2015 in Bruges, Belgium

People always ask me, how can I afford to travel so much? In this day and age, with flight deals galore, I ask them why not?

In 2015, I went to Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Morocco, and Panama, and only used 2 days of vacation. Yes, you read that correctly. During that time, I also traveled in the U.S. to several states, both for work and for pleasure.

For most of my career, I’ve worked places that require you to accrue vacation days each pay period versus starting the year off with them. While this system can prove to be challenging, especially if you want to travel earlier in the year during shoulder seasons, there are ways to maximize your time off. Continue reading “Making The Most of Vacation Days”

#TeamCarryon – Best Brands?

I’m on the hunt for the perfect carry on bag because I’m #teamcarryon. Who has the time to worry about checking a bag these days, especially with checked baggage fees being so high? Besides, I’m impatient and rather walk off the plane, right out of the airport, and on to my destination.

Anyway, I came across this video on Facebook of a weekender bag made by hook+Albert. I love it but it’s pretty pricey.

What is your go to brand for a reliable, easy to transport carry on bag.