WEBSITES WITH CRAZY GOOD TRAVEL DEALS:
Travel Zoo: If you aren’t signed up to get Travel Zoo’s Top 20 weekly deals, stop what you are doing and go sign up NOW! Travel Zoo’s Top 20 is a great place to scope out deals to your dream destinations. www.travelzoo.com
Cheap Caribbean: This handy little website allows you to search for Caribbean (and beyond) hotels, vacations, and all-inclusive stays in your favorite tropical locales. www.cheapcaribbean.com
European Destinations: Customize your own European adventure with this site. You can choose a single city or opt to create your own multi-city adventure. This website works with local travel providers to find the best deals. Make sure you research your hotels well before committing. www.europeandestinations.com
THE NATIONAL PARKS
America the Beautiful Passes are available for purchase. These passes cost $85/year but are well worth it. If you visit national parks and/or federal recreation areas on the regular, this really is a savings. Seniors, you can purchase a lifetime pass for $10.
MUST HAVE TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
The Samsonite underseat suitcase is my new go to bag for long weekends or for trips where I am not interested in checking a bag. This wheeled bag is easy to navigate, fits much more that you think it will, and slides in under your seat in an economy seat.
The only handbag I ever travel with is my cross-body Baggallini. This line of bags was designed by two flight attendants. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles, but most importantly the bags are practical and secure for travelers.
I never leave without tucking a roll of Charmin To Go in my bag. You might laugh, but I’ve used this travel TP everywhere from a gross bathroom in the Coliseum in Rome to a bathroom with no tissue at the Teotihuacán pyramids in Mexico.