Let the Search Begin! Accommodations for our round-the-world trip.

As many of you know, I'm a bit of an obsessive travel planner. Part of it is just who I am, and part of it is because planning is how I get the most enjoyment from my trips. I might only have a few days in a destination, but I can have several months of enjoying it....more

Moving to Europe

Moving to Spain didn't happen overnight; it evolved over the course of a year and took many differents shapes (au pair, international student, writer, etc.) and places (France, Italy, Chile, etc).Now that I've decided to teach in Spain through the CIEE program, I feel good about my decision. It's risky, yet safe. (I am moving with a friend and will have a roommate.) Crazy, yet practical. (I'll be paid a salary and have health insurance, which I need for obvious reasons.)...more
@Geri Dreiling  Thank you so much! I am so sorry for my late response. I got placed in Madrid ...more

Why I still love old fashioned, paper maps.

After months of backpacking in my university days using tiny maps torn from the pages of Lonely Planet and Lets Go, I remember when websites like MapQuest and MapBlast were the new, hot thing. I seemed incredible that I could just type in an address and get directions for where I wanted to go. And it made travelling seem so easy!...more

Family Travel: What Not to Do. What to Do.

We just got back this week from a cross-country trip to Florida with the 3 and 5-year-0lds to visit my parents. I grew up there so it was a whirlwind trip of seeing family and friends in a 4-hour-radius of Central Florida. As with any trip I learned a lot. Before going I shared these tips and rookie mistakes in fact, but I’ve got more to share after almost 2 weeks away....more

Travel Tuesdays - I Heart New York

This week’s installment of “Travel Tuesdays” takes us to New York City.  My second home, and the place (outside of Chicago) that has a firm grasp on my soul....more
I love NY, too.more

Sothnhospitalitynall, a life well lived, designed, traveled and crafted amid the hot flashes and the humor.

Around the world in 55 years...add to that 4 kids, 5 grandkids and a husband to beat the band that can ski the mountain backwards, sail the boat, and drive the car, swing the golf club and smoke that darn cigar! Life has been an adventure of hotflashes, baby spitup, walk the floor worry about kids that come in late, husbands that irritate and amaze, weddings, funerals, mood swings that qualify me for Cirque du Soleil, surgeries, some that bring home this thing that poops,spits, cries and steals my heart.., some that just give me another scar.  I''m a twisted sister!  ...more

Solo Travel: Thinking of Going Solo? You're Not Alone!

Solo travel has been cited by Travel Agent Central as one of the top trends of 2013 and all indications are that its popularity will continue to rise.People travel alone for many reasons. Sometimes a travel partner (much less a compatible one!) isn't always available. Others enjoy the solitude and freedom of being a solo. This freedom, to make your own choices and not feel or be responsible for someone else, can be quite liberating....more

6 Mistakes People Make When Driving in Winter

On average 24% of vehicle crashes are attributed to poor weather conditions on the road. That is 1.5 million crashes, over 600,000 injuries and 7,130 deaths on average each year. Here is a list that can help you avoid some common pitfalls and possibly save your life.1. Doing Everything Too Fast...more

Excess Baggage

 Excess Baggage It's one thing to disagree with someone else when they say something about you that you want to strongly refute. But it's another when it's your self you want to refute, and know you can't remain in denial....more

Healthy and Vegan Eats in Franklin, Tennessee

If you are planning a trip to Nashville, be sure to add Franklin to your list of places to visit in the area. Home to lots of civil war and historic battlefields and haunted sites, it's also home to many musical celebrities and of course, some awesome veggie and gluten free options!...more